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Mott MacDonald to develop hydropower guidelines

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Mott MacDonald has been appointed by the World Bank to develop technical guidelines to improve climate resilience for hydropower and dams development.

The new guidelines will be produced over the next 12 months and will map out a workable process for incorporating climate change and disaster risk management into the project appraisal, design and operation of hydropower developments, a key component of low carbon energy.

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

“This assignment will also give us another opportunity to work closely with other international financial institutions and agencies, the International Hydropower Association (IHA), members of the International Commission on Large Dams (Icold) and key industry stakeholders.”

Mott MacDonald has previously worked for the World Bank to assess the impacts of climate change on the coastal communities of the southern Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

Mott MacDonald’s global head of climate resilience Ian Allison added: “This project builds on our recent World Bank commission in the water and sanitation sector and keeps us at the leading edge of climate change appraisal and resilience planning.”

The guidelines will be a practical set of methods and insights that enable projects to be resilient to future climate change risks as they proceed to completion.

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