The San José Declaration on Sustainable Hydropower, issued on 24 September 2021 at the conclusion of the World Hydropower Congress, outlines a vision for hydropower’s contribution to meeting global climate and development goals.
It arrives as world leaders seek to identify pathways to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050; a target that cannot be realised without the flexibility and balance that sustainable hydropower provides to clean energy systems.
The San José Declaration provides a framework for enhancing hydropower’s role in the clean energy transition. It has been shaped by a wide-ranging public consultation with participation from hundreds of organisations and individuals, including representatives from hydropower industry, NGOs, international financial institutions, NGOs, academia and research institutions.
At the heart of the Declaration is a recognition that sustainable hydropower is a clean, green, modern and affordable solution to climate change. It says that going forward, the only acceptable hydropower is sustainable hydropower.
The next steps will be to present the Declaration to world leaders at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November. You can add your voice to the initiative by expressing your support or making a commitment.
Expressions of support for the San José Declaration on Sustainable Hydropower were given at the conclusion of the World Hydropower Congress during a high-level stakeholder forum. Watch the videos below to see the full collection of statements by government ministers, industry CEOs and NGO leaders.
Malcolm Turnbull, 29th Prime Minister of Australia
Alok Sharma, President of COP26
Andrea Meza Murillo, Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica
Benoît Revaz, Secretary of State for Energy, Switzerland
Rt Hon Lord Barker of Battle, Executive Chairman, En+Group
Jean-Bernard Lévy, Chairman and CEO, EDF
Pascal Radue, President and CEO, GE Renewable Energy Hydro Solutions
Oivind Johansen, Assistant Director General, Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy