2014 UN-Water Annual International Zaragoza Conference. Preparing for World Water Day 2014: Partnerships for improving water and energy access, efficiency and sustainability. 13-16 January 2014

Panel discussion on managing the nexus on water and energy in Spain

Date: 15 January 2014 Time: 18:30-19:30
Convener: Ebro River Basin Authority and the World Council of Civil Engineers.


Sustainability requires the joint management of water and energy. The successful development of the promising renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, requires the simultaneous building of a proper water storage system in order to stabilize power supply and facilitate the matching of variable electricity demands. However, energy is also an essential requirement for the provision of water services through water abstractions, transport, treatment, distribution, waste water treatment, desalination, water recycling, etc.


Through the discussion of selected examples of good water and energy governance, the panel will explore the feasibility of a smart network to coordinate the objectives of developing renewable energy sources using hydropower for energy storage and the development of local sources, in order to take advantage of the synergies of the water and energy nexus.


Manuel Omedas. Ebro River Basin Authority
Mariano Sanz. CIRCE
Clemente Prieto. Iberdrola
Alberto Estallo. ELECNOR
Tomas Sancho. World Council of Civil Engineers