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WWC and WEC put water-energy nexus on the agenda

The World Energy Council (WEC) and World Water Council (WWC) have joined forces to bring the issue of the water-energy nexus to the fore in the run up to the 7th World Water Forum, which will be held in Daegu, Korea from April 12-17, 2015. The two organisations will work to further analyse and comprehend water and energy interactions.

The energy-water nexus is a real issue for business and governments alike, according to Marie-José Nadeau, chair of the World Energy CouncilThe energy-water nexus is a real issue for business and governments alike, according to Marie-José Nadeau, chair of the World Energy Council

They aim to build an integrated programme at the forum, and to ensure that the water-energy nexus will be highlighted at the next World Energy Congress in Istanbul in 2016.

Professor Karl Rose, senior director of the WEC’s World Energy Scenarios study and who is overseeing the WEC’s collaboration with the WWC, said: “This is an excellent opportunity to bring our two organisations together to address the growing issue of the energy-water nexus. The World Energy Council highlighted this issue in 2010 with our ground-breaking report, Water for Energy, and we are now looking to address the issue in further depth as we begin work on our next World Energy Scenarios study looking to 2060.”

Benedito Braga, president of the WWC, added: “The World Water Council has been working on the water and energy issue since the 6th World Water Forum, and this new collaboration will give us the means to push forward and encourage harmonised policies.

"Water needs energy and energy needs water. Understanding the interaction between these two vital elements is paramount to developing a water secure future.”

Marie-José Nadeau, chair of the World Energy Council, said: “The energy-water nexus is a real issue for business and governments alike. We need to mobilise the public and private sectors to provide solutions to this growing problem and events such as the World Water Day are useful milestones in this process.” 

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