Connecting the world of hydropower: Insights from HYDRO 2023

The global hydropower community gathered in Edinburgh at HYDRO 2023, where Bluemethane highlighted the value of methane recovery and the growing need for IPCC-compliant methane emissions management. 

HYDRO 2023 in Edinburgh showcased how industry conferences unite the global hydropower community and spotlight shared challenges. Bluemethane’s participation highlighted the potential for methane recovery as a value generator for hydropower owners and the growing importance of IPCC-compliant methane emissions management. 

Meeting in person serves as a catalyst for partnership, collaboration, and decisive action. For Bluemethane, HYDRO 2023 provided invaluable insights, especially regarding the potential methane recovery from reservoirs as a value generator for hydropower owners. In this short time, we learned more than we did in the previous three months of remote interactions! 

At the conference, we engaged with thought leaders in the field, and learnt about visions for sustainable hydropower in the EU, innovative approaches to project finance, progress at the intersection of wastewater and hydropower, emissions learnings from reservoirs in Quebec, and economic development and energy access in Cameroon. 

Beyond networking, our discussions focused on the pressing issue of methane emissions from hydropower, particularly the outliers – those few reservoirs responsible for a billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions. Preparing for upcoming IPCC regulations, we also discussed the requirement to report emissions, even if they aren’t measured directly. The value of accurate modelling was emphasised, highlighting the potential for substantial cost savings if organisations were to use a methane measuring service. 

These insights will guide our future efforts as we work to address methane emissions from hydropower reservoirs more effectively and transform what is considered a wasted resource and potent greenhouse gas, into a source of value. 

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