Press Release: Support for Dams Safety in Ukraine

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Here is a Press Release from the President of ICOLD, Michael Rogers

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HYDROPOWER EUROPE'S 2nd STAKEHOLDER ONLINE CONSULTATION NOW OPEN!

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On 28th July 2020, HYDROPOWER EUROPE launched its second online consultation which aims to establish priorities for the proposed research and innovation actions listed within the two main documents: the Research & Innovation Agenda (RIA) and the Strategic Industry Roadmap (SIR).

 


Press release

28th July 2020


 

 

The forum HYDROPOWER EUROPE (HPE) is built on the ambition to achieve a research and innovation agenda and a strategic industry roadmap for the hydropower sector, based on the synthesis of technical fora and transparent public debates through a forum that gathers all relevant stakeholders of the hydropower sector.

 

To do so, the HYDROPOWER EUROPE Consultation Platform supports the consultation process which started in early 2019. Feedback from a series of online consultation, regional and technical workshops is combined with expert analysis. This process supports the development of the HYDROPOWER EUROPE Research & Innovation Agenda (RIA) and Strategic Industry Roadmap (SIR).

 

Few days ago, a second stakeholder online consultation has been launched.The main focus of the second online consultation is to gather the feedback from a wide range of hydropower stakeholder on the proposed research and innovation actions listed within the two main HPE documents. This consultation is one of the last opportunities for stakeholders to provide your feedback and recommendations about the main R&I priorities for future of hydropower in Europe and about how hydropower can contribute to a successful clean energy transition.

 

The consultation is made of an online 20-minute long survey. To participate to the consultation, please click on the link below and register to the HPE Consultation Platform.

 

https://consultation.hydropower-europe.eu/hydropower-europe-consultation-programme/2nd-wider-stakeholder-consultation/consultation/

 

The consultation process will close at the end of October 2020.

 

The aim of Horizon2020 project, HYDROPOWER EUROPE, is to provide a focal point for reviewing and developing hydropower in Europe, and subsequently European hydropower in the wider world.

 

The HYDROPOWER EUROPE consortium comprises 8 partners: ICOLD: International Commission on Large Dams (coordinator); EASE: European Association for Storage of Energy; EREF: European Renewable Energies Federation; EUREC: Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centres;  IHA: International Hydropower Association; SAMUI: Samui France sarl; VGB: VGB PowerTech e.V.; Zabala Innovation Consulting (Zabala Brussels).

 

 

For more information, please contact


 

Capucine Vannoorenberghe

HYDROPOWER EUROPE consultation coordinator

E  • consultation@hydropower-europe.eu

T  • +32 2 743 29 92

W• www.hydropower-europe.eu 

 

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Experts gather to define research and innovation priorities for the future of Europe's Hydropower industry

 
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On 25th March 2020, HYDROPOWER EUROPE invited experts from the hydropower industry to participate in the Second Expert Panel Consultation to define a common Research and innovation Agenda and Strategic Industry Roadmap.

 

Press release

30th March 2020

 


 

More than 30 experts joined an online workshop from roundtable home offices providing a valuable input on the evaluation of the first drafts of the Research and Innovation Agenda (RIA) and Strategic Industry Roadmap (SIR). Prior to the online workshop, the experts had access to the draft documents and were invited to provide with their written comments.

 

On the one hand, the goal of the RIA is to provide recommendations on the R&I priorities for hydro to the EU institutions and national authorities, in order to contribute shaping public spending for R&I. The document will also provide a useful reference to the entire hydropower community.

 

On the other hand, the goal of the SIR is to understand why communities, i.e. stakeholder, accept/reject hydropower projects, to promote the best and innovative practices in hydropower development and formulate recommendations (both to public authorities and private stakeholders) on how hydropower can contribute to the successful energy system transition, preserve the environment and increase societal resilience. SIR recognizes the overarching societal needs and trends, reflected or based on strategic European energy policy & ambition.

 

Altogether 11 topics were commented on:

Session 1: Barriers to large scale deployment of all sizes of hydropower

Session 2: Hydropower for a better society

Session 3: Continual improvement of the protection of environment

Session 4: Funding Hydropower Research and deployment

Session 5: Increasing Flexibility

Session 6: Optimisation of operations and maintenance

Session 7: Resilience of electromechanical equipment, construction and material technology

Session 8: Resilience of Infrastructures

Session 9: Developing new emerging concepts

Session 10: Environmental-friendly solutions

Session 11: Mitigating impact of global warming

 

Due to a current outbreak of COVID 19, the initial plan to organize a 2-day face to face workshop in Brussels was cancelled. Thus, HYDROPOWER EUROPE management decided to arrange an online session with roundtable home offices inviting the experts to contribute to the discussion.

 

The aim of Horizon2020 project, HYDROPOWER EUROPE, is to provide a focal point for reviewing and developing hydropower in Europe, and subsequently European hydropower in the wider world.

 

The HYDROPOWER EUROPE consortium comprises 8 partners: ICOLD: International Commission on Large Dams (coordinator); EASE: European Association for Storage of Energy; EREF: European Renewable Energies Federation; EUREC: Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centres;  IHA: International Hydropower Association; SAMUI: Samui France sarl; VGB: VGB PowerTech e.V.; Zabala Innovation Consulting (Zabala Brussels).

 

For more information, please contact


Diana Prsancova

HYDROPOWER EUROPE communication

E  • dprsancova@zabala.eu

T  • +32 2 513 81 22

W• hydropower-europe.eu

 

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HYDROPOWER EUROPE: The new forum giving voice to Europe's hydropower community

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Press Release

 

A new three-year long EU funded project has recently started, it aims to gather input from the European hydropower community in order to agree upon common Research and Innovation priorities for the sector in Europe.

 

 

According to the International Hydropower Association (IHA), Hydropower remains the single largest source of renewable electricity across Europe, generating an estimated 600 TWh of clean electricity in 2017, about 12% of Europe’s electricity generation. Hydropower is one of the resources with the highest potential to help achieve Global Climate targets as well as to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals declared by UN. Hydropower already supports integration of wind and solar energy into the supply grid through flexibility in generation as well as its potential for storage capacity. With more than 30% of hydropower potential still untapped, this clean source of energy has all the characteristics to serve as an excellent catalyst for a successful energy transition. The project seeks to address the challenges ahead to fulfil this potential in Europe.

 

HYDROPOWER EUROPE is a multipartner initiative supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme. The main objectives of the project are:

 

  • To provide a forum for the entire European hydropower community: industry, research, policy makers, end users and academia, active throughout its value-chain;
  • To define a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (R&IA) and a Technology Roadmap (TR) that aim to help guide funding authorities and particularly the European Commission to prioritise support where it is most needed so as to adapt the sector to the constantly evolving energy system

 

Consultation through a series of online and face to face meetings, including regional workshops, will be undertaken to develop the research and innovation agenda and technology roadmap.

 

During the first meeting of the project in December in Brussels, Anton Schleiss, honorary president of ICOLD said: “We are thrilled by the new opportunity this project offers the hydropower community in Europe, our responsibility towards our sector is very high. We have the task to bring a multitude of actors together and bring their voice to the european level so as to make our contribution to the energy transition, for which hydropower in Europe can be a catalyst.”

 

The action gathers a wide range of european and international partners, which will allow for the full involvement of the hydropower community in Europe and beyond:

 

The coordinator is ICOLD, the International Commission on Large Dams with his regional club Europe;

 

The other partners are:

 

  • EASE, the European Association for Storage of Energy
  • EREF, the European Renewable Energy Federation
  • EUREC, the Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centres
  • IHA, the International Hydropower Association
  • SAMUI, which brings expertise in water / environmental research, and communication and dissemination
  • VGB PowerTech, the international technical association for generation and storage of power and heat
  • ZABALA, expert in energy-related platforms as well as project dissemination and communication.

 

For more information contact: www.hydropower-europe.eu

 

ZABALA Innovation Consulting - Project Communication Responsible: José Trindade  + 32 483 71 85 36

 

ICOLD representative: Jean-Jacques Fry +33 6 70 70 16 37

 

 


HYDROPOWER EUROPE has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nº 826010

 

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Brumadinho Tailings Dam Failure in Brazil

 Press Release

 

Dam Failure in Brazil

 

The International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) is following the situation very closely as information becomes available about the collapse of the mine tailings dam in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais, Brazil.

 

 

ICOLD President Michael F. Rogers made the following statement:

 

“Our deepest condolences go out to the people of Brazil impacted by this tragedy, especially those families who have lost loved ones and personal property in this disaster.

 

It will be important to understand the full cause of this failure so that important lessons may be shared with other nations and owners to prevent future dam failures.

 

Dams, including those structures design specifically to hold mine tailings are critical investments in our social economies for infrastructure and economic businesses. Like other large investments in infrastructure or business, dams provide essential services and also pose high risks that must be addressed during the planning, design, construction, operation and closure phases.   The precautionary principle of dams – both those that retain water as well as those that retain mine tailings – is to provide a safe environment to those who live downstream.  This is at the heart of the ICOLD Mission.

 

ICOLD has more than 90 years of experience in working with worldwide experts to develop state of practice guidelines and case histories for lessons learned on the design, construction, operation and closure of dams.  As an example, ICOLD has a draft Bulletin #181 on a technology update on Tailings Dam Design, which will be released later this year. After approval by the General Assembly during the 87th Annual Meeting in Ottawa.

 

National governments are urged to consider active participation in ICOLD to stay abreast of the most current technology of dam engineering, including the use of up-to-date ICOLD best-practice documents to support dam safety legislation.

 

As an organization of 100 nations committed to the safety of dams around the world, ICOLD stands ready to assist and support the project owner and the national dam safety organization in Brazil to assess the situation and work towards recovery.   ICOLD stands ready to collaborate with other Brazilian and international organizations such as the International Council on Mining and Metals to review the safety criteria for tailings dams to see if the current failure identifies necessary changes or updates to our practices, including the need to address the specific upstream construction method employed at the Brumadinho Tailings Dam.

 

I believe that safety is a moral obligation of each engineer and scientist that participates in the planning, design, construction, operation and closure of all dams.  This is an obligation by the absolute trust given by those downstream residents who are at risk imposed by the impoundment of water or mine tailings.

 

Again, our heartfelt condolences go out to the thousands of persons downstream of this dam that have been impacted by this tragedy and ICOLD stands ready to support Brazil in any way possible.”

 

Contact

 

Emmanuel Grenier, media manager

emmanuel.grenier@icold-cigb.org

Tel: +33 147 04 17 80

 

 

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Four questions selected for next ICOLD Congress in Vienna

The Congress will take place in Vienna 1-8 July 2018


(Paris, June 14th)

 

ICOLD General Assembly, during the 84th Annual meeting in Johannesburg, has voted to choose the four questions on which scientists and engineers from all over the world will work and communicate in Vienna.


This will be the 26th Congress of ICOLD. Those Congresses take place every three years and attract the best dam specialists. The attendance for those Congresses is between 1200 and 2000 people.


The deadlines for submitting a paper or a communication is 8 November 2017.


According to ICOLD Constitution and By-Laws, papers can be only submitted through one of the ICOLD National Committees.

 

Find here (pdf file) the exact wording of the Questions, as adopted by the General Assembly and a general presentation of ICOLD.


Press Contact: Emmanuel Grenier, media manager
Emmanuel.grenier@icold-cigb.org

 

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Better dams for a Better World

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With climate change, flood protection provided by dams will be ever more important.

 

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Climate change is impacting the variability of water resources with more severe and frequent droughts and/or more flood. To lessen the consequences of those events, Dams and Reservoirs are the most efficient solution. That is adaptation. For example, Dams are an essential tool for protecting the populations against the disastrous floods, like those affecting the Czech Republic in 2002 and 2013 with terrible consequences.

 

Climate change also makes urgent the need to develop clean (carbon-free) energies to meet growing needs for power. Fortunately, solar and wind energies are becoming competitive and will be largely developed, provided there is enough energy storage to compensate for their intermittence. The only solution available today for massive storage at a reasonable price is to use reservoirs associated with pumped power stations. Hydropower is also a clean energy in itself. That is mitigation.

 

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Large Dams for Africa

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Large Dams for Africa

 

Africa is now the new land of opportunity for dams’ development. After the very successful ICOLD Annual Meeting in Johannesburg (South Africa), last June, ICOLD prepares Africa 2017, next March in Marrakech (Morocco).

 

Africa is now the new land of opportunity for dams’ development and there are many signs for that, including inside ICOLD. First, ICOLD has elected an African President, Mr Adama Nombre, from Burkina Faso. He was president from 2012 to 2015. Second, ICOLD is developing with many new African countries joining ICOLD family, most recently Guinea Bissau. It has already co-organized with Aqua Media International the conference Africa 2013 in Addis-Ababa and it will co-organize another one: Africa 2017 in Marrakech.

 

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ICOLD issues a new Bulletin on safe passage of extreme floods, November 2012

Extreme floods are regularly making news headlines and again recently in Nigeria or India. As the main professional organization on dams, ICOLD is of course very concerned about the implications of floods for dams security. The last technical bulletin (#142) just published by ICOLD is precisely dealing with the safe passage of extreme floods.

 

 

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ICOLD issues World Declaration on Water Storage

During its 24th Congress in Kyoto, Japan, the International Commission on Large Dams issued a “World Declaration on Water Storage for Sustainable Development”, also signed by the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, the International Hydropower Association and the International Water Resources Association.
 

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ICOLD Statement, 30 May 2012

Paris, May 30th 2012 -- Following recent statements by some organizations according to which International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) was currently conducting an inspection of the Irrawaddy Myitsone dam, in Myanmar, ICOLD wishes to clarify the following:

 

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Laos Dam failure

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Dam Failure in Laos

 

 

The International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) is following the situation very closely as information is just coming out about the collapse of the saddle dam at the Xe Pian Xe Namnoy Hydroelectric Dam, in Laos.

 

 

 

ICOLD newly elected President Michael Rogers made the following statement:

 

“Our deepest condolences go out to the people of Laos impacted by this tragedy, especially those families who have lost loved ones and/or their homes.

 

Dams are critical pieces of not only physical, but also socio-economic infrastructure that supply renewable power, storage for agricultural, industrial, municipal and community water supply. Like other large infrastructure in our societies, dams provide critical service, but also pose high risks that must be addressed during the planning, design and construction phases.   The precautionary principle of dams to prevent and/or mitigate adverse downstream safety consequences informs and is at the heart of the ICOLD Mission.

 

ICOLD has been working for 90 years to promote the safe and sustainable design and construction of dams.  As an organization of 100 nations committed to the safety of all dams around the world, ICOLD stands ready to assist and support the project owner and the national dam safety organization in Laos to assess the situation and work towards recovery.  Moving forward, it will be important to understand the full cause of this apparent failure so that important lessons may be shared with other nations and dam owners. This is the heart of ICOLD mission and the main reason why it was founded.  For example, during its recent Congress in Vienna (July 1-7 2018), ICOLD organized an important open workshop on the lessons learned from the Oroville Spillway Incident (USA, 2017).

 

Again, our heartfelt condolences go out to the thousands of persons downstream of this dam that have been impacted by this tragedy and ICOLD stands ready to support Laos in any way possible.”

 

 

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Former WCD head Achim Steiner will lead UNDP - April 2017

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, following consultations with the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), wrote to the President of the General Assembly requesting the General Assembly to confirm Achim Steiner of Germany as the new Administrator of UNDP for a term of four years. The General Assembly confirmed the nomination on 19 April.

 

Achim-Steiner

 

The 55-year-old Brazil-born German citizen has been in the trenches of environmental activism since before his service at the UN, including work with the Washington-based International Union for Conservation of Nature.

 

He’s even devoted his professional life – for example, while working as secretary general of the World Commission on Dams (WCD) – to pet projects.

 

A commentator said : “In 2000, the WCD published a report showing how reservoirs posed dangers to the environment despite their importance for development. Notable for its holistic and sustainable approach, it is this viewpoint that Steiner brings to his new office.” (our emphasis).

 

The UN had been considering other candidates, not just Steiner. France’s environmental minister, Segolène Royal, was a final contender – and noticeably unhappy about the UN’s selection. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had actually promised the job to a woman, Royal said. She speculated that the UN tapped Steiner due to Germany’s role as an important donor for the UNDP, which relies on (voluntary) donations from individual nations.

 

Mr Steiner was Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme between 2006 and 2016.  He previously served as Director-General of the United Nations Office in Nairobi from 2009 to 2011, Director-General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature from 2001 to 2006, and as Secretary-General of the World Commission on Dams, in South Africa, from 1998 to 2001.

 

 

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Oroville Dam, ICOLD President intervenes on the radio

Oroville Dam, ICOLD President intervenes on the radio

 

By Michael Rogers and Emmanuel Grenier

 

Aerial View of the Oroville Dam (photo by California Department of Water Resources)

 

There is now a rush to repair the spillways at the Oroville Dam in Northern California and lower the water level in Lake Oroville before rain arrives again. It is feared that damage to an emergency spillway could dump large amounts of water into the Feather River, which runs through downtown Oroville. This fear led to the evacuation of nearly 200 000 people living under the lake. The main dam (235m high) was never in danger and remains safe. The Oroville Dam issue started with an unexplained structural failure of a lower part of the 3000-foot-long gated service spillway.

 

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