The UAE provides a strong example of the interconnection of energy and water in water-scarce regions. More than 70 percent of the nation’s overall water production and processing costs results from the energy required to desalinate, transport, store, forward and distribute water, demonstrating the pressing need for new approaches to water management.
The nexus between water and energy is something world leaders are increasingly moving to the top of their agendas. Energy and water are woven into our daily lives. Generating energy requires water, and producing water uses energy.
There is great scope for efficiency improvements that safeguard our precious resources and reduce our energy consumption footprint. Since the demand for these two most critical resources continues to grow more quickly than their availability, addressing the water-energy nexus at the International Water Summit is a key priority.
As part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and hosted by Masdar, IWS 2014 will be co-located with the 7th World Future Energy Summit and the inaugural EcoWaste, an international exhibition dedicated to waste management, recycling and sustainable development in the Middle East and beyond.