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Nexus Policies in Europe // The Relevance of the Water-Energy Nexus for EU Policies

Energy and water systems depend on each other in many ways. Most energy and climate projections suggest that the water-energy nexus will be affected by the shifting availability of water resources due to climate change and the increasing penetration of non-dispatchable renewable energy sources. It is crucial to estimate these impacts: water resources shall be accurately incorporated into power systems operations and planning, water use shall be integrated into large-scale grid analyses, and market design studies will have to consider the value of water. This magazine gives an overview of EU policies and projects.


  • Forword: The relevance of the water-energy nexus for EU policies
  • The Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems (WEFE) Nexus project at the Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), by Giovanni Bidoglio
  • About energy and water diplomacy, by Carmen Marques & Beata Slominska
  • Quantifying the trade-offs in the water and energy nexus, by Anna Delgado and Diego Rodoríguez
  • Energy’s role in achieving universal access to clean water and sanitation, Molly A. Walton
  • About modelling the energy, water and food nexus, by Pedro Linares & Zarrar Khan
  • European Climatic Energy Mixes: a proof-of-concept climate service to assess future renewable energy mixes in Europe within the Copernicus Climate Change Service, by Alberto Troccoli
  • About the WANDEL project, by Martina Flörke & Zita Sebesvari
  • Seeking sustainable CLEWs – Climate, Land, Energy and Water Strategies: An integrated systems approach to meet sustainable development challenges, by Marc Howells
  • How RES-based desalination may help to meet water needs in the EU, by Soteris Kalogirou


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October 2018


SETIS Magazine No. 18

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Modelling and Assessment

Holistic Water-Energy-Food Nexus for Guiding Water Resources Planning // Matagorda County, Texas Case

By Muhammed I. Kulat, Rabi H. Mohtar and Francisco Olivera. The authors developed a holistic framework to provide sustainable scenarios that include feasible infrastructure interventions. The framework focuses on water and associated links with other resources, includes a unique analytic tool for quantifying scenarios, and ultimately produces a sustainability analysis of each scenario. Optimal scenarios are offered that consider site-specific dynamic resource interlinkages. The WEF nexus model...

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Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS)

Pompage Solaire // Investigation de l’impact des installations de pompage solaire sur la consommation d’eau et la situation socio-économique d’un agriculteur dans 3 zones pilotes au Maroc

Cette étude vise à mieux comprendre comment la conversion au pompage solaire peut influencer la consommation d'eau et les conditions socio-économiques d'un agriculteur marocain par rapport aux autres systèmes de pompage d'eau. L'étude s'est appuyée sur une enquête menée auprès de 150 agriculteurs répartis sur les territoires suivants 3 zones distinctes : la zone de Marrakech, la zone de Midelt et la zone de Tata. L'étude a été réalisée par le projet GIZ Sustainable Energy for Food - Powering...

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WEF Nexus Research // Engaging Stakeholders in Research to address Water–Energy–Food (WEF) Nexus Challenges

By A. Larkin, C. McLachlan, R. Falconer, I. Soutar, J. Suckling, L. Varga, I. Haltas, A. Druckman, D. Lumbroso, M. Scott, D. Gilmour, R. Ledbetter, S. McGrane, C. Mitchell, D. Yu. This paper reflects on recent progress in stakeholder engagement in nexus-related research. The authors outline four emerging themes within nexus research and consider the value of, and potential challenges for, transdisciplinary research in each. Specifically, the authors examine how transdisciplinary approaches are...

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