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Use of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol at Binga Hydropower plant, Philippines.

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This solution was a practical demonstration of the use of a sustainability tool in order to inform an upgrade of a hydropower project in the Philippines, in 2008.  This solution contributed towards Target 5 by offering a real-world trial of an early version of the Protocol and assisted in the Protocol’s ongoing refinement and application globally.

The assessment highlighted the project’s strengths and opportunities for improvement.  Based on these assessment results, the company commenced an upgrade of the project in 2010, which involved reconstruction of the intake and replacement of the units as well as rehabilitation of Binga to meet international standards through a new control system and various other mechanical and electrical upgrades.

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E.ON Sustainability Partnership

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E.ON has partnered with the International Hydropower Association (IHA) to implement the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol on one of our projects in Brazil, Turkey, India, South-East Asia or within the European Union.  We are a foundation ‘Sustainability Partner’ and are also participating in ‘Hydro4LIFE’, IHA’s European Commission-funded project to implement the Protocol within the European Union. 

Our Sustainability Partnership is a three year engagement, comprising a training/capacity building workshop, an unofficial assessment using the Protocol, and an official assessment using the Protocol.  These activities include E.ON staff, as well as observers such as regulators or NGOs, as a mechanism to ensure the best-practice knowledge about sustainable hydropower embedded in the Protocol is shared as widely as possible.  We are also actively working with IHA as a Sustainability Partner to promote the importance of sustainable hydropower both within the European Union and globally.

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Hydro Tasmania Sustainability Partnership

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Hydro Tasmania has partnered with the International Hydropower Association (IHA) as s foundation ‘Sustainability Partner’ to support the application of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol globally via the development of training materials, and specifically at certain sites across several global regions including Asia and South America. 

Our Sustainability Partnership is a multi-year engagement, comprising the development of a training/capacity building workshop for global delivery, and participation in two sets of training workshops and unofficial assessments using the Protocol as independent experts.  These activities include Hydro Tasmania staff, as well as observers such as regulators or NGOs, as a mechanism to ensure the best-practice knowledge about sustainable hydropower embedded in the Protocol is shared as widely as possible.  We are also actively working with IHA as a Sustainability Partner to promote the importance of sustainable hydropower both within Australia and globally.

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The application of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol to assist decision making regarding the classification of water bodies associated with hydropower under the Water Framework Directive.

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The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (‘The Protocol’) is a framework for assessing the sustainability of hydropower projects. It promotes the continuous improvement of hydropower sustainability performance, and provides a common language for shared dialogue on over 20 sustainability topics.

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