The Energy Water Food Stress Nexus

The world’s water, energy and food systems are tightly linked. Water is needed to extract energy and generate power; energy is needed to treat and transport water; and both water and energy are needed to grow food. In the coming decades, this relationship, known as the energy-water-food nexus will come under great pressure and is appearing on the agendas of governments, NGOs and businesses.

TIM BROWN CEO of IDEO

PETER VOSER Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell

PROFESSOR KEVIN NOONE Director of the Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Sciences

PROFESSOR JUDITH REES (Chair), Director of the Grantham Research Institute and the ERSC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy


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  • NEWSNexus thinking to alleviate global water, food and energy pressures

Panel Discussion and Q&A

Peter Voser, Tim Brown, Professor Kevin Noone and Jeremy Bentham. 

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Jeremy Bentham

Vice President of Global Business Environment, Royal Dutch Shell.

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Professor Kevin Noone

Director of the Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Sciences…

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Tim Brown

CEO of IDEO, a global design & innovation firm.

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Tim Brown

Tim Brown

CEO of IDEO, a global design & innovation firm.

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Professor Kevin Noone

Professor Kevin Noone

Director of the Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Sciences (SSEESS) at the…

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Jeremy Bentham

Jeremy Bentham

Vice President of Global Business Environment, Royal Dutch Shell.

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Panel Discussion and Q&A

Panel Discussion and Q&A

Peter Voser, Tim Brown, Professor Kevin Noone and Jeremy Bentham. 

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Who is speaking at this event?

Who is speaking at this event?

Learn about our speakers including Peter Voser, Tim Brown and Prof Kevin Noone.

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What is the Energy Water Food Nexus?

What is the Energy Water Food Nexus?

Meeting the needs of a growing population and rising middle class will put…

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In a recent live online debate, panelists discussed the current state of play for nexus thinking, highlighting compelling projects and future challenges

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Water, food and energy nexus: what are the connections?

  • Source: The Guardian
  • Icon: Script 8th February 2013

Video exploring expert's opinions on the connections between water, energy and food.

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‘Energy for water’ may have greater impact on the nexus

  • Source: The Guardian
  • Icon: Script 1st February 2013

This article investigates the less-known relationship between water and energy. It is common knowledge that water is needed to produce energy but what about all the energy needed in order to pump, clean and transport water? This arguably has more of an impact on the water-food-energy nexus.

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With the world's population growing at a rate of 80 million people a year, new solutions are needed for the growing pressures on the three most valuable resources: water, energy and food. This articles shows how nexus thinking and recognising that any solution for one problem must consider the other two in the nexus is the way forward.

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