How hydroelectricity will help power Asia’s future in 21st century

Published onNovember 29, 2019

Bob Dudley, BP’s group chief executive, said in the company’s Statistical Review of World Energy Report 2019 that although renewable energy is growing far more rapidly than any other form of power, it still supplies only a third of the required increase in power generation – about the same amount as coal. Of that renewable energy, it’s often sources such as solar power that generate the most headlines. But the truth is that hydroelectricity is the world’s largest form of renewable power, contributing to 15.9 per cent of global electricity – more than the combined contribution of all other forms of renewable energy. Put another way, if the energy generated by hydropower was replaced by coal, it would result in an extra 4 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases every year.