Bringing the Water-Energy Nexus to LIFE!

Side Event at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week // Bringing the Water-Energy Nexus to LIFE!

ADIREC Side event organised by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany in cooperation with the World Bank on 15 January 2013, 6-7pm, moderated by David Hales (REN21).


The various policy and technology options for meeting future energy demand have different implications with regard to water resources. Trade offs between water use for energy and other water uses, not the least food production, are likely to increase depending inter alia on the choices made in energy policies and planning.

A better understanding of the cross sectoral implications - involving land use, food production, urbanization, demographics, and environmental protection - and of the relevance of these cross sectoral inter linkages and interdependencies for designing future energy systems is therefore becoming more and more important. Integrating the water-energy nexus is key to a successful "Energiewende".

The high-level side event will address the need and approaches for integrated energy and water planning in the context of the water, energy and food security nexus to achieve sustainable economic growth.


Welcome and Introductory Statements

-Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for the Environment, Germany

-Adnan Amin, Director General, IRENA

Panel Discussion

-Vivien Foster, Sector Manager Energy, World Bank

-Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP

-Rabi Mohtar, Executive Director, Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI)

-Joppe Cramwinckel, Director Water Program, WBCSD

Closing Remarks

-Dirk Schattschneider, Director General, BMZ, Germany

Moderator: David Hales, REN21

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