The Water/ Energy Link

The Water/ Energy Link

Monday, March 22, 2010 - 9:15am


Major investment is flocking to the world’s water resources, with tycoons referring to water as the new oil.  Originally a clean water discussion, water for energy production is beginning to receive main-stream attention. 

While the energy side often receives much of the publicity, individuals and business are becoming aware of the link to water.  Most people understand that it takes energy to produce water and that water can produce energy (hydroelectric power); however, the complexity of the relationship can be seen in just about every aspect of our society. 

•    Water and energy are essential to every aspect of life: social equity, ecosystem integrity, economic and business sustainability. 

•    Water is used to generate energy; energy is used to provide water. 

•    Water and energy are used to produce crops; crops can in turn be used to generate energy through biofuels. 

Recent growth in eco awareness has accelerated research to expand within technical circles towards framing the water and energy related issues and searching for solutions. A report by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development discusses the complexities and interrelationships between water, energy and climate change.



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