NextGen by NextGen
10 October 2019

Connecting climate change, sustainability & water use: Interview with Ian barker

NextGen spoke to a number of thought leaders and innovators at Water Innovation Europe 2019 about the circular economy and intricacies of the water-energy nexus. One of the keynote speakers was Ian Barker, Managing Director Water Policy International Ltd; Visiting Professor Exeter University; Vice-President Environment at Institute of Water; and Expert Advisor to OECD. We caught him for a quick interview. Here’s what he had to say... ...

Connecting climate change, sustainability & water use: Interview with Ian barker

NextGen spoke to a number of thought leaders and innovators at Water Innovation Europe 2019 about the circular economy and intricacies of the water-energy nexus. One of the keynote speakers was Ian Barker, Managing Director Water Policy International Ltd; Visiting Professor Exeter University; Vice-President Environment at Institute of Water; and Expert Advisor to OECD. We caught him for a quick interview. Here’s what he had to say… NextGen: When we talk about water and energy what do you think are the big challenges for the sector? Professor Ian Barker: I think water and energy face a huge number of challenges, but probably the biggest one facing them both is climate change. Climate change means that we need to move towards clean energy sources and many of those will rely upon a secure supply of water. Climate change will affect the availability of water resources and water supplies, and it will also mean that both are less resilient to shocks. With environmental sustainability so absolutely fundamental to our future, we need to prioritise managing resources in a sustainable way. We need to think about their impact on the ecosystems that we rely upon, to keep us healthy and supplied with food and clean air; and...

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