A decade in development, the GHG Reservoir (G-res) Tool was created through a multi-stakeholder research project led by the International Hydropower Association (IHA) and the UNESCO Chair for Global Environmental Change.
The tool uses a conceptual framework created with scientists from the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM), the Norwegian Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research (SINTEF) and the Natural Resources Institute of Finland (LUKE).
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The G-res Tool is designed to help hydropower companies and researchers estimate and report the net greenhouse gas emissions of a reservoir.
Reporting results gained using the G-res Tool will give investors, regulators and local communities greater confidence in a reservoir’s climate profile and carbon footprint.
Reliable and cost-effective
Hydropower, when planned and designed correctly, is regarded to be among the lowest-carbon sources of renewable electricity generation.
Before now, however, there was no reliable and cost-effective way of estimating the emissions created from building a reservoir, taking into account pre-existing conditions and naturally occurring emissions.