Financial opportunities with the Hydropower Sustainability Standard

Kintamani 3
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
15:30 – 16:45 WITA


In the era of climate finance and increasing emphasis on environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations, banks and private institutions face challenges when it comes to strategically investing funds in climate-friendly projects. Hydropower investments often involve substantial upfront costs, complex financial models and long-term financial horizons. Moreover, environmental concerns and a lack of social acceptance can lead to delays in many hydropower projects.

Independent ESG standards can minimise risks to investments and provide a universal language to communicate credentials and increase stakeholder trust. The Hydropower Sustainability Standard, which is aligned with the requirements of the World Bank, the Climate Bonds Initiative and recommended in the RE100 technical criteria, among others, can provide the needed assurance for financiers to make informed choices when investing in hydropower and avoid funding the wrong projects. 

This session will highlight the vital role that financiers play in driving sustainability in the hydropower sector, and explore the business value of the Standard and how it can be used to attract investments from international financial institutions, the private sector, insurance companies, green bond mechanisms and carbon markets.


Session objectives

  • Discuss the main investment barriers in hydropower, including high upfront costs, complex financial models, environmental concerns and social acceptance issues
  • Showcase real-world examples of successful applications of the Hydropower Sustainability Standard, highlighting its effectiveness in mitigating risks and providing assurance to investors
  • Identify opportunities for using the Standard to attract project financing


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