The Road to Resilience

Managing The Risks Of The Energy-Water-Food Nexus – Summary of Findings

Water is critical to power generation; 98% of the power currently produced needs water. In the face of a predicted 40% global shortfall of water availability by 2030, there is a growing focus on the interdependen­cies, and sometimes competing demands, between water usage and the production of energy and food.

This energy-water-food nexus is expected to increase under drivers such as growing populations, rising GDP and the uncertain impacts of climate change on water availability and quality.  To ensure the ongoing resiliency of the energy system and address the nexus, improved water governance is necessary and water pricing may be effective tool. The energy sector will need to adopt water efficient technologies and improve its capacity to assess and consider water scarcity in project development.

This summary of findings prepared by the World Energy Council in partnership with Marsh & McLennan Companies and Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, highlights seven recommendations for policy makers, energy sector and investors to improve the resilience of the energy sector to the energy-water-food nexus. The full report will be released later in 2016.

The Road to Resilience