» Clean Water and Clean Energy – A Pipe Dream? By Dragan Savic, KWR CEO
Dragan Savic KWR Water Research Institute CEO The continuous existence of humanity depends crucially on its ability to achieve a more sustainable and self-sufficient future envisaged by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This depends largely on a better understanding of the complexities and the interdependencies between various resource sectors, e.g., water, energy, food and land, to name a few. Water and energy, as the key elements of this nexus, are inextricably linked – water supply depends on energy and energy supply depends on water. Due to population growth, climate change and economic development, both sectors face rising future demands and stricter constraints on potential sources. These additional pressures will intensify the interdependencies between the sectors bringing further challenges to achieving SDGs and nexus security. Even with the considerable progress being made with the SDGs we have today a situation that more than 2.2 billion people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water with more than half of the world population (4.2 billion) lacking access to proper sanitation. The situation with global electrification rate is better, although about 840 million people still lack electricity access (or 11% of the global population). Furthermore, an estimated 8% will not have access to electricity in 2030, with 90% of them being in sub-Saharan...
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