onsdag 8. september 2021

China’s Hydropower Plan on the Brahmaputra

In March of this year, China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) approved the country’s 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) for national economic and social development, as well as its long-range objectives through to the year 2035. 

While the elevation of renewable energyto an even more prominent position in China’s 14th Five-Year Plan has generated widespread discussion about China’s ambition to curb its greenhouse gas emissions, the inclusion of a hydropower development at the lower reaches of the Yarlung Tsangpo – the upper stream of the Brahmaputra River – has triggered speculation that China might soon start exploiting the hydropower potential of the Grand Canyon of the Brahmaputra. China’s hydropower plan has also raised concerns from the river’s lower riparian states, particularly India.