The two organizations will highlight the water-energy nexus at the next World Energy Congress
The World Energy Council (WEC) and World Water Council (WWC) joined forces to bring the issue of the water-energy nexus to the fore in the runup to the seventh World Water Forum, to be staged in Daegu, Korea, April 12 to 17, 2015.
In the agreement, the two organizations commit to work together to build an integrated program at the forum, and to ensure that the water-energy nexus will be highlighted at the next World Energy Congress, to be held in Istanbul in 2016. Both events will serve to build on the expertise and content provided by the members of both organizations, many of whom are already working on solutions to the water-energy nexus issue.
“This is an excellent opportunity to bring our two organizations together to address the growing issue of the energy-water nexus," said Karl Rose, senior director of WEC’s World Energy Scenarios study and who is overseeing its collaboration with WWC. "The World Energy Council highlighted this issue in 2010 with our ground-breaking report, 'Water for Energy,' and we are now looking to address the issue in further depth as we begin work on our next World Energy Scenarios study looking to 2060.”
WEC and WWC announced their partnership in celebration of World Water Day on March 22, which this year had water and energy as its theme.
“The World Water Council has been working on the water and energy issue since the sixth World Water Forum, and this new collaboration will give us the means to push forward and encourage harmonized policies,” said Benedito Braga, president of WEC. “Water needs energy and energy needs water. Understanding the interaction between these two vital elements is paramount to developing a water secure future.”
“The energy-water nexus is a real issue for business and governments alike," said Marie-José Nadeau, chair of WEC. "We need to mobilize the public and private sectors to provide solutions to this growing problem, and events such as the World Water Day are useful milestones in this process.”
The announcement takes the two organizations’ existing collaboration to the next level. By using the expertise of both organizations, this cooperation effort will serve to further analyze and comprehend water and energy interactions.