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Water and energy are highly interdependent (‘water-energy nexus’): energy is needed to abstract, distribute, heat, cool, treat and desalinate water while water is also needed for energy production and cooling systems. In the EU, the water and wastewater sectors account for 3.5% of electricity consumption. At the level of municipalities this takes the largest share of the local budget, representing 30-40% of the total electricity bill. During this session, a high-level panel of speakers discusses how to fully realize this energy saving potential in view of the recent and future policy and regulatory framework.
The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is a month-long series of activities to build a secure energy future for Europe. It brings together public authorities, private companies, NGOs and consumers to promote initiatives to save energy and move towards renewables for clean, secure and efficient power.