PÖYRY POINT OF VIEW REPORT / 28 Aug 2015
Hydropower 2.0 - a responsible business?
A report by Pöyry on how the hydropower industry is taking responsibility for environmental conservation in the 21st century.
Across the world, rivers are used intensively to support human activities. One consequence of this intensive use can be the reduction of open passages, essential for the migration of aquatic species. Owners and contractors of hydropower facilities, in particular, are under public and ethical pressure to maintain the ecological soundness of impacted areas.
In many countries, mitigation measures have become a legal requirement. But is enough being done to ensure the design of hydropower projects provide truly sustainable solutions not simply complying, but gaining acceptance from all stakeholders?
This Pöyry Point of View report reviews the focus areas for habitat conservation and improvement, and details mitigation measures being adopted in the industry, before outlining the crucial steps the industry must take to ensure sustainable operations meet expected standards.