Indonesia as the Host of World Hydropower Congress 2023
Indonesia will host the 2023 World Hydropower Congress (WHC) which will be held in Bali in October. The Congress is a flagship activity for decision makers inside and outside the hydropower industry to help ensure energy security and achieve global net zero emissions.
"This congress will provide high-level policy statements, recommendations and commitments that influence the sustainable growth of global hydropower," said Arifin Tasrif, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) on the sidelines of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday (14/1).
The WHC Congress aims to discuss efforts to promote renewable energy and develop future industries through hydroelectric power generation, handling environmental and social issues, and building climate resilience to overcome droughts and floods. The results of this congress then will be brought to the next Conference of Parties (COP).
The choice of Indonesia as the host of the WHC has strategic benefits. Apart from being able to raise Indonesia's profile on the international stage, this activity is also a promotional step to attract investors for the development of sustainable Indonesian hydroelectric power plants.
In addition, this activity is an effort to convey the Indonesian Government's commitment to net zero emissions, and position Indonesia as a leader in advancing hydroelectric power generation in a sustainable manner to stop the use of coal.
Eddie Rich, Chief Executive Officer of the International Hydropower Association (IHA), said that IHA's choose Indonesia as a top priority in hosting the congress because Indonesia has shown strong leadership and commitment to a sustainable energy transition, including plans to use the huge potential of hydropower and other renewable energy to boost its economic development.
WHC itself is an annual agenda held by the International Hydropower Association (IHA) every two years. This year, WHC will be held in Nusa Dua, Bali, from 31 October to 2 November 2023, with the main theme "Powering Sustainable Growth". The event is targeted to be attended by Heads of State, CEOs, investors, civil society leaders, international financial institutions, and global media, from more than 100 countries.
For information, IHA is a non-profit association whose members are committed to the responsible and sustainable development and operation of hydroelectric power plants. IHA members include leading hydropower owners and operators, developers, designers, suppliers and consultants, who operate in more than 120 countries.