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2017 World Hydropower Congress opens in Addis Ababa

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[来源]:网站管理员 [日期]:2017-05-09 

The 2017  World Hydropower Congress opened at the United Nations Conference Center in  Addis Ababa on Tuesday 9 May.

H.E.  Hailemariam Desalegn, prime minister of Ethiopia, officially opened the  congress. Addressing delegates, he said: “Development  is unthinkable in the absence of adequate and affordable energy”.

Emphasising  the need to pull together, he said “I would  like to reiterate the need for collective efforts to mitigate the effects of  climate change”, and described  hydropower as being “crucial to providing  reliable and sustainable energy development for African economies”.

H.E.  Quartey Thomas Kwesi, deputy chairperson of the African Union Commission,  delivered a speech discussing hydropower’s role in  addressing Africa’s energy challenges.  He said: “Access to modern and sustainable energy services is crucial to  achieving sustainable, transformative and inclusive development.

“The  development and expansion of renewable energy provides one of the most  effective strategies to simultaneously promote development, sustainable energy  access and energy security as well as climate change mitigation at the global,  continental and regional levels.”

Calling  for increased collaboration, he said that “for Africa,  there is a need to engage with specialised institutions such as the  International Hydropower Association in order to benefit from their networks of  experts.”

Liu  Zhenya, chairman of the Global Energy Interconnection Development and  Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO), presented the concept of ‘global  energy interconnection’ (GEI) as “the  inevitable way out for clean and low-carbon energy transition”.

He said: “It is  imperative for us to accelerate the green and low-carbon transition. The key to  realising that is to bring forward a new energy supply system prioritised by  clean energy development and power supply with large-scale optimal allocation  of the GEI platform.”

Closing  he speech, he said: “Let’s work  hand in hand for African energy interconnections with more communication and  common consent, and make our due contribution to sustainable development.”

Ken  Adams, president of the International Hydropower Association welcomed delegates  to the congress. He said: “Hydropower cannot be  done in isolation.

“My  message today is that achieving Sustainable Development Goals will not be  possible without breaking barriers and widening the scope of collaboration  between all of our institutions. We must embrace the fact that one single  technology will not resolve the challenges of our generation.

“We need  more hydropower on the grid, as it plays a role as a flexible, sustainable  generation source. We also need it to play the often unrecognised role of  energy storage.”

Rachel  Kyte, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) and special representative of  the UN secretary general for Sustainable Energy for all, spoke of the urgency  of the current energy challenge. She said: "Better Hydro  is an important way to meet the goal of  sustainable energy agreed by all countries and the ambition of the Paris  climate agreement. It offers affordable, cleaner, reliable energy as well as  storage which can crowd in more solar and wind development.

"The  challenge of securing sustainable energy for all by 2030 means we have to move  forward with speed and scale. We hope that the World Hydropower Congress will  spur rapid progress."

Abdalla  Hamdok, acting executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission  for Africa, said that "hydropower is well known to be one of the most  important power sources in the world, producing more than three quarters of the  world's renewable energy output each year. A number of countries are almost  exclusively using hydro as their baseload electricity. At the same time,  hydropower has become the renewable energy of choice."

Reflecting  on global concerns around hydropower's sustainability, he said: "I am glad  to note that the agenda of this congress includes items of environmental and  social impact in the context of hydropower development."

Noting the potential  of Africa's vast natural resources, and the commitment of many African  governments, partners and institutions to address the continent's energy  infrastructure gap, he concluded by stating that Africa's "true value lies  with the millions of Africans across the continent determined to drive  change", and that "coupled with strong and coherence policy  action", the continent has the power to deliver on a more sustainable  energy future.