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ISAGEN, a successful sustainability case

May 2017
ISAGEN case study featured

ISAGEN's Miel I and Sogamoso power plants are featured in the compendium of case studies compiled by the World Bank and the International Hydropower Association (IHA).

The document highlights innovations regarding the implementation and operation of hydropower projects worldwide, in accordance with the Sustainability Protocol developed by the IHA.

As part of the Sixth World Hydropower Congress, held in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) from 9 to 11 May 2017, the World Bank and the International Hydropower Association (IHA) officially launched "Better Hydro: Compendium of Case Studies 2017." This document presents examples of excellence regarding specific aspects of sustainable hydropower development around the world, based on results following the implementation of the IHA's Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol.

The IHA's Sustainability Protocol was developed between 2007 and 2010, and enables the creation of a complete sustainability profile for hydropower projects. The official assessments were carried out by a team of consultants who are experts in the fields of sustainability and hydropower, and they assessed each project's performance in respect of more than 20 wide-ranging issues, including financial viability, erosion, sedimentation and biodiversity, climate change and respect for human rights.

As a result of this assessment, ISAGEN's Sogamoso Hydroelectric Power Plant (located in the department of Santander) was featured because, since its construction phase, the Company has efficiently and successfully prepared measures for responding to unexpected events, and also because it makes a positive contribution towards improving security in the area.

In addition, the report notes that procurement processes for the project were rigorous, efficient, timely and responsible, and were implemented in an ethical and transparent manner, thanks to the anti-corruption and pre-qualification measures incorporated during supplier selection (this included capacity building programs).

Moreover, the Miel I power plant (located in the department of Caldas) was recognized for its benefits, since it was seen that statutory requirements were built upon through the creation of new capacities. In addition, it was noted that corporate and voluntary policies drove regional development, and this is evidenced by measurable benefits and programs.

Furthermore, the project to build the Miel I power plant is also prominently featured in the publication thanks to the project’s sound understanding of hydrological availability, plans that helped address issues that went beyond project impacts, and the management of unexpected environmental and social issues.

The World Bank and the IHA have both placed great emphasis on identifying and presenting case studies from developing countries, and it is a source of great satisfaction for ISAGEN to have been included in 3 of the 23 featured issues (two for Sogamoso and one for Miel I), and as one of the five comprehensive projects (Miel I as the only one from Latin America) worldwide.

These projects are proof of the lessons learned in the territories, wherein building and operating a hydroelectric power plant poses great challenges each day. Once again, this reflects ISAGEN's ability to tackle complex situations, which is something that stems from the way it seeks to achieve the objectives set: doing things right, acting responsibly and transparently, and promoting the joint creation of value with stakeholders.

The full publication can be downloaded from the following link:

The attached photo shows some of the key people involved in the project (from left to right): Aida Khalil, Senior Sustainability Specialist, IHA; Kimberly Lyon, Water Resource Management Analyst, World Bank Group; Doug Smith; Independent Consultant; and Cameron Ironside, Sustainability Director, IHA.

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