Water-Energy:
Innovation&Partnerships
An overview presentation by Engin KONCAGÜL
WWAP Programme Officer
15 January 2014, Z...
Interlinkages
• By 2035, worldwide energy
demand is projected to grow
by more than one-third and
demand for electricity is...
Towards a nexus approach
• Challenges are well known, but have so far been addressed in
isolation, within sectoral boundar...
World Water Development Report
(WWDR) 2014
• Innovative approaches:
– Cross-sector cooperation to leverage possible synerg...
SOLUTIONS&OPPORTUNITIES:
CASE STUDIES
• Case studies featured in the WWDR highlights
innovative approaches to water-energy...
PANELISTS
• Mark Smith: The International Union for
Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
• Enrique Playan: European Joint
Program...
The International Union for
Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
• The world's oldest and largest global
environmental network de...
The International Union for
Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
• IUCN is leading the ‘Nexus Dialogue on Water
Infrastructure So...
European Joint Programming Initiative
(JPI)
• The objective of joint programming is to ‘increase the
value of relevant nat...
Water JPI
Partner (19+1)
Observer (5)
Total (24+1)

IE

UK

Harmonize national
water R-D-I activities
Involve 2/3 of publi...
European Joint Programming Initiative
(JPI)
Research and innovation agenda includes:
Maintaining Ecosystem Sustainability...
International Institute for Applied
Systems Analysis (IIASA)
IIASA conducts policy-oriented research into problems
that ar...
International Institute for Applied
Systems Analysis (IIASA)
- Ongoing research partnership with UNESCO to develop
a Scena...
Italy-Umbria Region
• A science-based tool for integrating
geothermal resources into regional energy
planning
– Sustainabl...
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Presentation on 'Water-Energy: Innovation & Partnerships' by Engin Koncagul, Programme Officer, World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) at 2014 UN-Water Annual International Zaragoza Conference. Preparing for World Water Day 2014: Partnerships for improving water and energy access, efficiency and sustainability. 13-16 January 2014.

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  • Water-Energy: Innovation & Partnerships by Engin Koncagul, Programme Officer, World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP)

    1. 1. Water-Energy: Innovation&Partnerships An overview presentation by Engin KONCAGÜL WWAP Programme Officer 15 January 2014, Zaragoza
    2. 2. Interlinkages • By 2035, worldwide energy demand is projected to grow by more than one-third and demand for electricity is expected to grow by 70%. • Global water demand in terms of water withdrawals is projected to increase by some 55% by 2050. • By 2030, half of world population will be living in areas of high water stress.
    3. 3. Towards a nexus approach • Challenges are well known, but have so far been addressed in isolation, within sectoral boundaries. • If water, energy (and food) security are to be simultaneously achieved, decision-makers, including those responsible for only a single sector, need to consider broader influences and cross-sectoral impacts. • We must strive for innovative policies incorporating new political and economic frameworks and integrated institutions. – Water development and management programmes, if planned properly, can serve multiple functions, from contributing to energy and food production to helping communities adapt to climate change. • A nexus approach to sectoral management, through enhanced dialogue, collaboration and coordination, is needed to ensure that co-benefits and trade-offs are considered and that appropriate safeguards are put in place.
    4. 4. World Water Development Report (WWDR) 2014 • Innovative approaches: – Cross-sector cooperation to leverage possible synergies, – integrated planning for water and energy to decrease costs and ensure sustainability, – assessing trade-offs at the national level, demand-side interventions, and decentralized services. • Enabling Environment: – Developing coherent national policies and creation of legal and institutional frameworks, – Ensuring reliable data and statistics to make and monitor decisions, – Encouraging awareness through education, training and public information media, – Ensuring availability of finance, – Supporting innovation and research into technological development.
    5. 5. SOLUTIONS&OPPORTUNITIES: CASE STUDIES • Case studies featured in the WWDR highlights innovative approaches to water-energy nexus: – Solar powered seawater desalination plants in Saudi Arabia, – Drinking water hydropower stations in Vienna, – Water and electricity utility companies collaborating to improve efficiency in production and delivery in Austin, – Generating charcoal and biogas from wastewater in Japan, – Energy self sufficient wastewater treatment plant in Vienna.
    6. 6. PANELISTS • Mark Smith: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) • Enrique Playan: European Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) • Paul Yillia: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) • Prof. Paolo Fulignati: University of Pisa, Italy
    7. 7. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) • The world's oldest and largest global environmental network dedicated to finding "pragmatic solutions to most pressing environment and development challenges" • Supports scientific research and builds partnerships: – More than 1,000 government, NGO and private sector member organizations, – 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries.
    8. 8. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) • IUCN is leading the ‘Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions’ to bring together key actors from all three sectors to build partnerships needed to take practical, collaborative steps in creating and implementing water infrastructure solutions that will accelerate action on optimisation of the nexus. • Delivery of a series of three regional workshops: Africa (May 2013), Latin America (September 2013) and Asia (scheduled for March 2014) to identify: – Practical steps to develop solutions, – Technical, institutional, financing and political barriers.
    9. 9. European Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) • The objective of joint programming is to ‘increase the value of relevant national and EU research and development funding by concerted and joint planning, implementation and evaluation of national research programmes’. • Supports implementation of one European Research area to generate European solutions.
    10. 10. Water JPI Partner (19+1) Observer (5) Total (24+1) IE UK Harmonize national water R-D-I activities Involve 2/3 of public R-D-I investment FI NO SE EE LV DK NL BE EC PL DE MD AT FR HU RO IT ES PT TR EL CY IL
    11. 11. European Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Research and innovation agenda includes: Maintaining Ecosystem Sustainability, Developing safe water systems for the • The grand challenge: “Achieving Sustainable Water Systems for a Sustainable Economy in Europe and Abroad” citizens, Promoting competitiveness in the water industry, Implementing a water-wise bio-based economy, Closing the water cycle gap.
    12. 12. International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) IIASA conducts policy-oriented research into problems that are too large or too complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline. - A research hub bringing together a wide spectrum of scientists, - Research network extending to 65 countries, - Systems analysis put into the service of society to improve human and social wellbeing and protect ecosystems.
    13. 13. International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) - Ongoing research partnership with UNESCO to develop a Scenarios project on “Water Futures and Solutions”, - In-depth examination of a selected set of drivers which have an impact on use of water resources.
    14. 14. Italy-Umbria Region • A science-based tool for integrating geothermal resources into regional energy planning – Sustainable and environmentally friendly energy.
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