With its appetite for energy spurred by heavy industries via the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), Sarawak is in the market to search for more energy sources.
As options are sought to fulfill these needs, power generation through hydropower has been identified as the catalyst to drive and accelerate socio-economic growth in the state.”
Indeed, Sarawak is deemed the ‘perfect candidate’ for hydropower solutions, given its high volume of rainfall and elevated topography. Such was the notion brought forward at the recent International Hydropower Association (IHA) Conference held at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching.”
This Conference talked about the sustainability issues surrounding Hydro-power, including the need for biodiversity offsets, and considering the impacts on local communities from loss of forest cover – all ecosystem services that are traded off against the benefits of hydro-power.
They say that there is a push world-wide towards more sustainable approaches to power generation, and this includes better consideration of Ecosystem Services.
So it’s great to see the need to consider Ecosystem Services is discussed here, but it also acknowledged that Sarawak has a long way to go in this regard.
This is a great article on the global hydro-power industry in general – and alternative energy systems such as these are going to be more and more topical as other energy sources – more polluting and environmentally damaging – are less and less popular.
But Hydro has it’s own sustainability issues, and it’s great to see this at the forefront of the conversation.
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