Hydroelectric power generation has been increasing across the globe but nowhere in the last 12 months added more hydropower than Asia and China leads the way.
According to a report from the International Hydropower Association, the worldwide installed capacity of commissioned hydropower plants rose to 1,267 gigawatts (GW) last year. The world prevented approximately 4 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases – and avoided a 10 per cent rise in global emissions from fossil fuels and industry – according to analysis by IHA. It also avoided 148 million tonnes of air polluting particulates, 62 million tonnes of sulphur dioxide, and 8 million tonnes of nitrogen oxide from being emitted.
China consolidated its status as the world’s largest producer of hydroelectric power, accounting for nearly half of global added installed capacity at 9.1 GW. It was followed by Brazil (3.4 GW), India (1.9 GW), Portugal (1.1 GW) and Angola (1.0 GW).