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18 July 2019

Clean energy and clean water is a dream future for humanity

CEO Dragen Savic wrote a Guest Editorial for Water Europe about clean water and clean energy which are are inextricably linked and those interdependencies can only intensify in the future. Water and energy reuse are linked by innovative technologies. This may then lead to new business models for combined water/energy markets, zero-emissions in both sectors and win-win situations. Climate change awareness is also helping to promote green energy and storage, energy optimization, energy recovery and resource efficiency actions....

» 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[1]. 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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