The global energy and water communities must work together to face some of the main challenges and provide clean drinking water and energy for a growing world population.
That’s the message from the World Water Week which kicked off in Sweden yesterday, where decision-makers, businesses and practitioners from across the globe have met to discuss issues related to the “inextricable connections” between energy and water.
While energy is needed for pumping, storing, treating and transporting water, water is also needed to produce almost all sorts of energy. This year’s event seeks to find solutions to the challenges of water and energy in the world.
Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director of World Water believes the challenges are “immense”.
He added: “With the global demand for water projected to grow by 55% between 2000 and 2050 and electricity demand expected to increase by 50% in the next two decades, there is an urgent need for a closer relationship between the energy and water communities if we are to provide solutions for all peoples to prosper.”
According to the World Bank, more than 748 million people lack access to water, 2.5 billion lack access to sanitation and more than 1.2 billion people don’t have access to electricity.