East Asia and the Pacific remains the world’s engine room for hydropower development. Led by China, the region accounts for nearly 40 per cent of world’s installed capacity and annual generation.
Rapid economic growth, together with an increasing focus on achieving sustainable outcomes, has helped propel hydropower development in many countries across the region.
Outside of China, which added a further 8.5 GW of capacity last year, south-east Asian countries including Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar have a strong pipeline of projects backed by ambitious government targets.
In the Pacific, Australia is witnessing a flurry of hydropower activity, particularly in pumped storage. Meanwhile, Papua New Guinea has several projects under active development, which could transform the country and provide electricity to hundreds of rural communities.
This session will present the latest trends and developments shaping the region including: