Responding to climate change, meeting expanding energy demand and sustaining freshwater resources are three of the greatest challenges facing society. There are crucial and often unacknowledged linkages between policies intended to achieve each of these objectives. For example, all forms of energy to differing degrees draw on water in their production, and so climate change policy choices between energy sources have considerable implications for water resources. Similarly, climate mitigation policies such as carbon sequestration often have implications for water, depending on how, where and when trees are planted and soil is prepared for greater carbon uptake.
Working closely in collaboration with colleagues from the United States, Europe and around the world, the Energy-Water Nexus group it is an integrative and interdisciplinary endeavour, incorporating scholars, policymakers and industry.
Key areas of research focus include:
- Energy consumption in the urban water supply chain.
- Water demands in the energy sector.
- Water and energy for food security.
- Water and energy demands in other industrial sectors i.e. chemical production, paper, transport and mining.