Water and energy are both essential for almost every aspect of our lives: for our homes, commercial activities, manufacturing, food production and processing, transport, waste management… Water and enargy are also intimately linked. Water is required to produce energy. Energy is required to abstract, treat and deliver water. Consumers of water consume systematically energy and vice versa. Any increase in the demand for one of these resources automatically increases the demand for the other.
Careful integrated management of both resources is essential for long-term sustainability. The water-energy links are strongest in our cities where more than 50% of the global population now lives, where the vast majority of commercial activities takes place and where industry production meets its customers. Cities are the most important actor to leverage the water-energy nexus and achieve a global impact for sustainability.
The objective of this Community is to share experiences and existing best practices of addressing the nexus. The community will seek external funding to sustain activities and set up a global network on water-energy nexus.
The European Commission has published the Urban Water Atlas for Europe edited jointly by NETWERC H2O, The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, EURECAT-CTM of Catalonia, KWR and the Horizon 2020 project, BlueSCities. Last week, at the Ministerial Meeting...Read More