Resources

Projects

Project // The Nexus Network

Since its launch in June 2014, the Nexus Network has worked to support transdisciplinary research at the food-water-energy-environment nexus and to create meaningful links between communities of researchers, policymakers, business leaders and practitioners.

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Research Papers, Publications and Books

Floating Solar // Where Sun Meets Water – Floating Solar Market Report Executive Summary

By World Bank Group, Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS). Floating solar photovoltaic installations open new opportunities for scaling up solar generating capacity, especially in countries with high population density and competing uses for available land. Floating Solar Market Report - Executive Summary presents an overview of floating solar technologies, current deployment market and future opportunities, challenges...

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Modelling and Assessment

Nexus Modelling // Involving the Water–Energy–Food Nexus in Integrating Low-Income and Isolated Communities

By Brenda Cansino-Loeza and José María Ponce-Ortega. This work presents a general mathematical programming model for satisfying water, energy, and food needs in isolated and low-income communities involving different process integration approaches. As a case study, the community with the lowest index of poverty and marginalization from the State of Guerrero in Mexico is presented. The problem consists in determining the optimal and sustainable configuration to satisfy the energy, water, and...

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Climate Change

Video // Green Pumps for Jordan’s Water to combat Climate Change

This video explains how highly energy efficient water pumps can contribute to improve water, energy, and food security in the water scarce country Jordan. At the same time, CO2-emmissions are lowered, which marks a significant contribution in meeting Jordan´s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement.

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SDGs

Nexus and SDGs // Resource Nexus Perspectives towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

By Raimund Bleischwitz, Catalina Spataru, Stacy D. VanDeveer, Michael Obersteiner, Ester van der Voet, Corey Johnson, Philip Andrews-Speed, Tim Boersma, Holger Hoff & Detlef P. van Vuuren. Debate around increasing demand for natural resources is often framed in terms of a ‘nexus’, which is perhaps at risk of becoming a buzz word. A nexus between what? Over what scales? And what are the consequences of such a nexus? This article analyses why readers should care about the nexus concept in relation...

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Nexus Blog

Nexus Blog // The Internet of Things as a Key Enabler for Quantifying the Water, Energy and Food Nexus

By Harris Moysiadis. This article explores how the Internet of Things concept could facilitate the implementation of the water, energy and food nexus. The author introduces the H2020 project “Innovative eco-technologies for Resource Recovery from Waste-water” (INCOVER). It is argued that platforms and technologies offered by the Internet of Things could have a profound role in quantifying, visualising and sharing important data that would help state and non-state actors to plan, develop and...

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Modelling and Assessment

Modelling Tool // An Alternative to Market-Oriented Energy Models: Nexus Patterns across hierarchical Levels

By Louisa Jane Di Felice, Maddalena Ripa and Mario Giampietro. Energy is entangled with nexus elements, including water, land, emissions and labour. At the science-policy interface, large market-oriented energy models dominate as the tool to inform decision-making. The outputs of these models are used to shape policies, but strongly depend on sets of assumptions that are not available for deliberation and gloss over uncertainties. Taking an approach from complexity, the authors propose an...

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Research

Water-Energy-Food Nexus Literature Review // A Review of Nexus Literature and ongoing Nexus Initiatives for Policymakers

This literature review provides an overview of key Nexus concepts and tools that can be applied in policy and practice. It aims to be a resource for professionals responsible for Nexus relevant decisions either in planning, financing or implementation. It aims to provide an overview of the literature covering the WEF Nexus topic, with a discussion on how the approach can be effectively implemented on the ground. The review also aims to summarise ongoing WEF Nexus initiatives and regional...

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Country Profiles

Profil Nexus // Bassin du Niger

Le bassin du fleuve Niger en Afrique de l’Ouest et Centre Afrique couvre une superficie totale de 2,13 millions de km² et plus de 130 millions de personnes habitent dans le bassin, provenant de neuf pays: Bénin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinée, Mali, Niger, Nigeria et Tchad. Sept des neuf pays du bassin figurent parmi les 20 pays les plus pauvres du monde, avec de grandes disparités de revenus dans les pays les plus riches du bassin. La plupart d’entre eux sont confrontés à une...

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Modelling and Assessment

Interdisciplinary Demand Modelling // Envisioning Surprises: How Social Sciences could help Models represent ‘Deep Uncertainty’ in Future Energy and Water Demand

By Maria Sharmina, Dana Abi Ghanem, Alison L. Browne, Sarah Marie Hall, Josephine Mylan, Saska Petrova, Ruth Wood. This paper explores how future energy and water demand is modelled, using the term modelling to encompass both quantitative and qualitative methods of envisioning future demand, and offers ideas on improving the modelling techniques, as a basis for supporting long-term strategic planning.

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