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 tremendous opportunities to save resources, sustain ecosystem services and contribute to sustainable development in general.
In cities, water utilities and local authorities have been partnering with other actors to improve water end energy efficiency, sustainability and access moving beyond the traditional mandate of specialized departments or organizations. There is often little or no incentive to initiate and pursue coordination or integration in implementation to achieve the above goals.
In the case of Local Authorities these need to take steps to identify and overcome the barriers that exist between their domains, together with consumers and providers of technology.
There are good practices deployed, experiences and lessons accumulated and in some cases partnerships forged. It is, however, not always easy to communicate the evidence on how an increased level of collaboration and coordination would produce favorable outcomes of improving the efficiency and sustainability of water and energy use and finding win–win options for resource efficiency and environmental sustainability.
>> 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. Managing the nexus on water and energy in Spain
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