World Bank taps Mott MacDonald to develop hydroelectric power development guidelines

The World Bank has appointed global consulting group Mott MacDonald to develop technical guidelines to “improve climate resilience for the hydropower and dams development community.”

The London-based firm said the ratification of the Paris Agreement, which seeks to cut carbon emissions worldwide, has made hydroelectric power an attractive resource as countries look for means of achieving their emissions reduction standards.

As such, the guidelines will be designed to “clearly map out a workable process for incorporating climate change and disaster risk management into project appraisal, design and operation of hydropower developments,” according to Mott MacDonald.

The project will also draw input from a number of other financial institutions, stakeholders and watchdog organizations, including the International Hydropower Association and International Commission on Large Dams.

“This is a very high profile appointment, which further enhances both our working relationship with the World Bank and our credentials in supporting sustainable hydropower,” said Mike McWilliams, Mott MacDonald’s head of hydropower.

The resulting guidelines will be unveiled at ICOLD’s 2017 annual meeting in Prague and the IHAs 2017 World Congress in Addis Ababa.

Since largely abstaining from hydropower investments in the mid 1990s, the World Bank has since renewed its interest in hydro with billions of dollars awarded for projects in developing countries over the past decade.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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