The business case for bilateral support to improve sustainability of private sector hydropower

Discussion paper
, 40 pages
PDF (375.68 KB)
Published: March 2015
Product code:17573IIED

This paper interrogates the business case for the voluntary improvement of environmental and social (E&S) risk management practices on private hydropower developments included in the water and energy infrastructure strategies of developing countries.

Although the focus is on independent private hydropower-financing models the discussion is valid for public-private projects. It accepts the philosophy of the Equator Principle Association (EPA) that improving E&S standards is synonymous with reducing investment risk and improving development returns on dam projects.