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Memorias de investigación
Research Project:
CH2OICE. Certification for HydrO: Improving Clean Energy
Research Areas
  • Ecology,
  • Water supply
In several EU Member States strong conflicts are arising due to the lack of harmonisation between two major directives: on the one side the Water Framework Directive (WFD, 2000/60/EC), whose implementation requires to achieve a good status for all water bodies by 2015, on the other the Directive on the promotion of Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources (RES-e, 2001/77/EC), aiming at significant increase of renewable energy production, including, hydropower, source of river scale impacts of hydromorphological nature, making it often challenging to attain a good status. The recent deregulation of the electricity market in many European countries gives the opportunity to foster the production of energy with less impact on the environment, through the marketing of energy products labelled according to transparent and agreed certification procedures. The certification of hydropower production of “highest environmental standard” entails the evaluation of the impact of production facilities on the local environment as well as at catchment scale, especially on aquatic and related terrestrial ecosystems. This certification procedure must ensure the coherence between Directives 2001/77/EC (RES-e) and 2000/60/EC (WFD). of a good status. The proposed action aims at developing a technically and economically feasible certification procedure for hydro power generation facilities of high environmental standard, being explicitly coherent with the requirements of the Water Framework Directive, to be implemented in labelled electricity products, and being integrated, as much as possible, with existing EU tools, such as Ecolabel, EMAS, EIA and SEA. This includes developing a general, agreed and widely transferable approach for such a certification, discussed by all relevant stakeholders, and developing an operational methodology, which will be tested for 2 partner countries -Italy and Slovenia. The certification methodology will primarily refer to existing plants. However, to allow a wider use of the results of the project, the issue of hydropower plants (re)licensing will be considered. Following the same logical approach used for the certification of existing plants, a set of guidelines will be produced, to be used by decision makers during planning and licensing procedures and by plants proposers in their EIA and SEA studies. Specific objective for the partner country France is to evaluate the possibility of upgrading the existing "green" energy label integrating an explicit reference to the WFD. Specific objective for Spain and Slovakia is to build interest on the approach among key actors and to identify main problems and feasibility issues to be tackled, in order to pave the way for near future implementation as in Italy and Slovenia.
Project type
Proyectos y convenios en convocatorias públicas competitivas
Executive agency for competitiveness and innovation-CEE
Entity Nationality
Sin nacionalidad
Entity size
Granting date
  • Coordinadora: Maria Bernini (Ambiente Italia)
  • Participante: Fernando Torrent Bravo (UPM)
  • Participante: Begoña Lorente Sistiaga (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)
  • Director: Diego M Garcia de Jalon Lastra (UPM)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Hidrobiología
  • Departamento: Ingeniería Forestal
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