W4EF - WATER FOR ENERGY FRAMEWORK (AG029)

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W4EF - WATER FOR ENERGY FRAMEWORK (AG029)

The main objective of this Action Group is to produce a common terminology and a coherent framework for the energy sector to assess its interactions with water.

Water supply will be the major challenge facing humanity during the 21st century. As this resource is vital for all activities, and as no substitute exists, human expansion and economic growth are leading to an inexorable increase in demand. Water is used in energy production and supply, and, in turn, energy is used for pumping, moving and treating water. As a result, in the context of climate change, the linkage between both energy and water systems has grown more complex and interdependent. In the energy sector, water is used from sourcing to production, including fuel extraction (oil, gas, biofuels, uranium, etc.), energy production and conversion, and associated processes (e.g. refining, storage, and transportation). In terms of challenges & opportunities, current water use assessment methodologies are not adapted to energy company needs: either because they are implemented on too global a scale (being well-suited to a specific area and not to a process), or because they don’t tackle quality issues or the risks and impacts related to the use of the resource. The innovation potential in the field of water & energy thus remains largely untapped, offering huge opportunities.

Unfortunately, little comparative research findings exist at the moment. Assessment tools and methodologies to estimate the water use of different human activities, along with reporting guidelines and standards, have therefore been developed during the recent years. As recommended during the 5th World Water Forum (Istanbul 2009), scientific research on the water footprint of energy generation must be further explored. Although all existing initiatives provide interesting outputs, energy companies have felt that none of them clearly fitted their specific situations and needs. A project was therefore launched at the 6th World Water Forum (Marseille 2012) whose objective is to produce an adapted framework to assess energy companies’ water use and related impacts. It will be comprehensive, operational, and useable by stakeholders.

The Action Group will develop a comprehensive approach to the water footprint of energy production. It will allow differentiating between water withdrawal, water consumption and net water consumption, and calculating different kinds of interactions between the activity and its water environment. The underlying project assumption is that existing frameworks and initiatives do not fulfill the need of the energy sector. After agreement on the framework and its validation, a tool will be developed to help implement the methodology in a consistent way and ensure wide dissemination across the European energy industry and beyond.

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APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP (W4EF - Framework for evaluation and reporting of the energy impacts on water )
Eef Leeuw has a long term experience in several...

Working in LCA and Water footprint area

Dragan Savic is the first Professor of...

Ana is a Lecturer in Urban Water Management at...

Anne-Marie Boulay graduated from Chemical...

Coordinator of the water issue for GDF SUEZ...

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W4EF - WATER FOR ENERGY FRAMEWORK (AG029)

The main objective of this Action Group is to produce a common terminology and a coherent framework for the energy sector to assess its interactions with water.

Water supply will be the major challenge facing humanity during the 21st century. As this resource is vital for all activities, and as no substitute exists, human expansion and economic growth are leading to an inexorable increase in demand. Water is used in energy production and supply, and, in turn, energy is used for pumping, moving and treating water. As a result, in the context of climate change, the linkage between both energy and water systems has grown more complex and interdependent. In the energy sector, water is used from sourcing to production, including fuel extraction (oil, gas, biofuels, uranium, etc.), energy production and conversion, and associated processes (e.g. refining, storage, and transportation). In terms of challenges & opportunities, current water use assessment methodologies are not adapted to energy company needs: either because they are implemented on too global a scale (being well-suited to a specific area and not to a process), or because they don’t tackle quality issues or the risks and impacts related to the use of the resource. The innovation potential in the field of water & energy thus remains largely untapped, offering huge opportunities.

Unfortunately, little comparative research findings exist at the moment. Assessment tools and methodologies to estimate the water use of different human activities, along with reporting guidelines and standards, have therefore been developed during the recent years. As recommended during the 5th World Water Forum (Istanbul 2009), scientific research on the water footprint of energy generation must be further explored. Although all existing initiatives provide interesting outputs, energy companies have felt that none of them clearly fitted their specific situations and needs. A project was therefore launched at the 6th World Water Forum (Marseille 2012) whose objective is to produce an adapted framework to assess energy companies’ water use and related impacts. It will be comprehensive, operational, and useable by stakeholders.

The Action Group will develop a comprehensive approach to the water footprint of energy production. It will allow differentiating between water withdrawal, water consumption and net water consumption, and calculating different kinds of interactions between the activity and its water environment. The underlying project assumption is that existing frameworks and initiatives do not fulfill the need of the energy sector. After agreement on the framework and its validation, a tool will be developed to help implement the methodology in a consistent way and ensure wide dissemination across the European energy industry and beyond.

Group:
APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP (W4EF - Framework for evaluation and reporting of the energy impacts on water )

Members

Eef Leeuw has a long term experience in several...

Working in LCA and Water footprint area

Dragan Savic is the first Professor of...

Ana is a Lecturer in Urban Water Management at...

Anne-Marie Boulay graduated from Chemical...

Coordinator of the water issue for GDF SUEZ...

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