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East Asia & the Pacific

East Asia & the Pacific 

Kate Lazarus, IFC senior operations officer, discusses how hydropower companies can better engage their stakeholders for sustainable development of the sector.
As China strives to cut its greenhouse gases and switch to cleaner fuels, gas companies such as China Tian Lun Gas Holdings Limited are seizing the opportunity to supply natural gas to cities throughout China.
In river basins where multiple projects are planned, companies should consider working together to address the cumulative impacts that are likely to result.
Launched in 2013, the China Water AS Program promotes industrial water efficiency and has delivered impressive results.
“Hydropower demands are growing too fast to limit your scope to one country,” said Kate Lazarus, team leader for IFC’s Mekong sustainable hydropower program. “We’re approaching sustainability from an Asia-wide perspective.”


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