How HYDROGRID is improving our climate and its impact on the UN’s SDGs 


The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs for short, are “a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future”. With 17 goals across various areas, the UN and its member states implemented a framework to improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth, while also tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. These goals are not just a guideline for countries, but for individuals and companies alike.


We at HYDROGRID are actively working towards this improvement and have linked some of our corporate goals to our selected SDGs.


We strive not only to make hydropower more efficient, but to save harmful CO2 emissions in the process through displacing energy produced from fossile fuels. In addition, we help hydropower operators to keep their plants from interfering too much with their environments – from introducing environmental- and operational restrictions to safety measures for fish to safely pass through power plants.


Our impact doesn’t end with our innovative software solution, but also includes our management principles and our company in its entirety. We are proud to be an inclusive, empowering, and international company, tackling climate change and making sure to reinvest our profits into making our earth a better place for generations to come.


Impacting 6 different SDGs with our core processes, values, and our product 


Displacing fossile fuels by increasing energy production from renewable energy 

Because electricity production from hydropower comes with one of the lowest CO2 emissions of all fuel types, and especially significantly lower than from fossile fuels, our purpose at HYDROGRID is to increase the amount of electricity produced by hydropower, specifically from existing hydropower infrastructure and assets. HYDROGRID achieves that by optimizing the power production at existing hydropower plants – enabling production and dispatch to reach its full potential with regards to the technical, hydrological, and market conditions. With hydropower being the biggest source of renewable energy, it also has the greatest potential of increasing the efficiency of existing power plants.


In the past 4 years, HYDROGRID has on average increased the electricity generation of its clients by 7.1%. HYDROGRID’s clients therefore have -over the past four years, by using our optimization solution – avoided feeding the electric grid with electricity produced from fossil fuels, thus offsetting the equivalent of 51.885 tons of CO2; this amount is proportionate to the annual climate impact of electricity used by 24 000 households.
Based on our current expansion plans, our customers, and their power plants, as well as the future potential of an improved forecasting process that further reduces spill for our managed power plants, we predict that HYDROGRID Insight will save more than 139kt of CO2 emissions per year starting 2023. This is equivalent to 97% of the CO2 emissions caused by global hydropower, which means that from 2023 onwards, HYDROGRID Insight will transform hydropower into a zero-carbon source of energy.


With the lifecycle CO2 emissions caused from hydropower just being around 18kg of CO2eq/MWh, it significantly lowers the average CO2 emisisons from the European energy mix, which lies between 250-300 kg of CO2 emissions per MWh. For each additional GWh that HYDROGRID Insight is able to produce in existing hydropower plants – thus, without the need of building additional plants – more than 277kg of CO2 emissions are displaced.

Interested in hearing more about our CO2 impact and the numbers behind it?

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