Session convener: World Bank
Date: 14 January Time: 2014 10:00-13:00:
The world’s water and energy systems are inextricably linked. However, while a global water crisis could take place in the future, the energy challenge is present. Water constraints have already adversely impacted the energy sector in many parts of the world. In countries such as the United States of America (USA), France and India; several power plants have been affected by low water flows or high water temperatures. In view of the risks facing the energy industry as a result of water constraints, it is therefore paramount to ensure proper integrated policies, planning and investments between these two sectors for socio-economic sustainability.
The role of technological and business partners for improving policies public for water and energy efficiency, accessibility and sustainability is of major importance. Moreover, the energy-water challenge is too large for any organization to tackle alone so there is the need to work with an array of partners to design policies and for planning and investments that will ensure continuous improvement. The World Bank has embarked on a global initiative: thirsty energy, which quantifies tradeoffs and identifies synergies between water and energy resource management and aims to help governments prepare for an uncertain future, and break disciplinary silos that prevent cross-sectoral planning. It focuses on increasing awareness of the urgent issues among relevant stakeholders in both water and energy sectors.
It is important for major key stakeholders in these two sectors to build country capacity by identifying water constrains and plan energy and water resources comprehensively. Fostering interdisciplinary collaboration between energy and water sectors will provide the knowledge exchange necessary to develop and implement integrated management frameworks.
>> Integrated Energy-Water Planning and Investments
>> Industry partnerships to ensure water and energy efficiency and sustainability
>> Local Partnerships on Water and Energy
>> Policy Research and Innovation Partnerships
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>> 15 Jan. Side breakfast. Legal and tenure aspects on water and energy
>> 15 Jan. Managing the nexus on water and energy in Spain
>> 15 Jan. World Water Week 2014