Vienna Hydro


"Sustainable energy is the sustainable provision of energy that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs."

This general definition on sustainability leads to a broad range of actions within the development of hydropower projects. Several project development stages are included and various aspects have to be taken into consideration. Nevertheless the measurement of those aspects are complicated and in the past years different organizations developed guidelines for that. Nowadays these guidelines are available and in implementation phase to capture a common view across a diversity of sectors. They help to bring all considerations in a strucutral framework and provide a platform from which to produce a sustainablility profile for a hydropower project.

These interesting developments leads us to show the delegates of the conference how these guidelines respectively protocols affect the daily work of each professional in the field of Hydropower. Therefore the Institute for Energy Systems and Thermodynamics acting as an organizer of this conference took the opportunity to announce this special panel discussion.

Panelists and contributions

Following panelists will give you an insight view and first hand informations about their daily work:

  1. “Guiding Sustainability in Pumped Storage: The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol”
    Cameron Ironside,  International Hydropower Association, United Kingdom
  2. The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol in Practice: Lessons Learned from its First Application in Europe – A Utility’s Perspective”
    Bernhard Möstl, E.ON Global Unit Generation, Germany
  3. “Hydropower development and operation in basin contexts”
    Jian-hua Meng, WWF, Germany
  4. “Equipment solutions measurably enhance sustainability in hydro power”
    Barbara Fischer-Aupperle, Voith Hydro Holding GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
  5. “Financing Sustainable Hydropower - Mission Impossible?“
    Werner Schmied, OeKB - Oesterreichische Kontrollbank Aktiengesellschaft, Austria

After short impulse statements of the panelists the audience is invited to share their own experience and ask questions in this context. Due to the wide range of experience and field of actions of our panelists we hope to cover all questions of our delegates. A professional moderator will lead through the panel discussion and organize this event.


The moderator of this special panel discussion will be Mrs. Monika Langthaler, M.Sc.

Mrs. Langthaler was between 1990 and 1999 member of the Austrian National Council, spokeswomen for the Green Party for environmental, energy and telecommunication issues. In the years 1998/1999 she was also member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Since 1999 she holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Management (MSc) of the University of London and wrote numerous publications in the area of waste management, chemical policy, guidelines for strategic environmental assessments, environmental economics and citizen participation.
Mrs. Langthaler is also Founder and Managing Partner of brainbows.