Financing hydropower to meet 2050 targets

Thursday, November 2, 2023
11:30 - 12:30 WITA


In order to meet net zero goals, hydropower projects need to be built at twice the pace they are at present globally. The biggest challenge cited is financing. High initial capital costs and uncertain financial returns make it difficult to make the projects bankable in developing and developed markets.

In addition, governments have competing needs (political, economic, and fiscal considerations), and often limited finance for the large-scale projects needed for net zero in the power sector. This is especially the case for projects in regions where the cost of borrowing is high and electricity access is still limited.    

Innovation in public and private finance is needed while also providing governments with the tools to increase their energy independence. This session will explore the evolving role of development and project financing, which may include different models of support, off-taker agreements, and the use of innovative debt models.

Attendees will hear about risks (including bankable and finance related risks), how these can be mitigated, and hear directly from expert speakers about their experiences in developing hydropower projects.


  • Secretary General​, International Forum of China Society for Hydropower Engineering (IF-CSHE)​, Wu Wenhao
  • Head of Modernisation Projects​, Voith Hydro​, Manfred Schumann​
  • Senior Manager Infrastructure East Asia Pacific​, International Finance Corporation (IFC)​, Erik Becker​
  • Energy Specialist​, ADB​, Christoph Meindl
  • President Director​, PT. Energi Banyu Kencana​, Frederik Peper​

Session objectives

  • Provide real cases studies of governments and development banks who have implemented innovative project financing solutions.
  • Explore the perspectives of private financing solutions.
  • Showcase risk mitigation measures in action.


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