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Climate Impacts on Latin American Hydropower

Climate Impacts on Latin American Hydropower 3.9MB


Hydropower is the main source for electricity generation in Latin America, accounting for 45% of the total electricity supply from the region. By 2040, it is likely to remain significant or potentially increase, supporting the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and carbon emissions reduction in the energy sector.

However, climate change poses an increasing challenge to Latin American hydropower with rising temperatures, fluctuating rainfall patterns, melting glaciers, and increasing occurrence of extreme weather events.

This report aims to support Latin American hydropower in coping with the adverse impacts of climate change and developing a tailored set of climate resilience measures based on a comprehensive assessment of climate risks and impacts.

This report qualitatively assesses climate risks to Latin American hydropower and examines potential climate impacts quantitatively, comparing three climate scenarios.
Based on the assessment, it identifies measures to enhance climate resilience and provides policy recommendations.




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Released Date 29 January 2021