Water-energy nexus issues have drawn increasing attention because the scarcity and environmental impact of those resources are compounding each other and the nexus, if managed well, could create multiple benefits and opportunities to save resources, sustain ecosystem services and contribute to sustainable development in general.
In recent years, industries have been engaged in improving water and energy efficiency and access. Industries are recognizing the need for partnership and coordination for the implementation of interventions and investments to be able to achieve the water and energy nexus targets. Such companies see the value of efficiencies in both monetary and societal terms. But still there is a long way to go.
There are many opportunities for industry (inside the water and energy boxes) for operating efficiently, profitably and sustainably. Because of its private management structure, industry has the flexibility to effect changes and improve efficiency in water and energy use within itself and its immediate sphere of influence. And for governments and regulators, outside-the-box opportunities exist to provide enabling environments and institutional frameworks. However, there are still a few challenges such as incentives needed to prepare audits, consideration of life cycle assessments, disclosure and transparency and implementation of technology improvements for fulfilling their own targeted responsibilities. Industries and other stakeholders need to take steps to identify and overcome the barriers that exist.
An increased level of collaboration and coordination would produce favourable outcomes of improving the efficiency and sustainability of water and energy use and finding win–win options for resource efficiency and environmental sustainability.
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