Freshwater Supplies Under Threat
The World Water Development Report said the demand is exacerbated by the effects of climate change. It urged the energy industry to find ways to limit water use for cooling power plants, extract natural gas via hydraulic fracturing and irrigation needed for biofuels crops.
“Demand for energy and freshwater will increase significantly in the coming decades,” the report says. “This increase will present big challenges and strain resources in nearly all regions.”
By 2030, the world will need 40 percent more water and 50 percent more energy than now, the report said. Around the world, about 770 million of the world’s 7 billion people now lack access to safe drinking water, it said. And the energy sector accounts for about 15 percent of water withdrawals from sources such as rivers, lakes and aquifers.
Photo: Macky Franklin Flickr photostream
Energy Manager News
- IRS to Buildings Owners: “We’re From the Government and We’re Here to Help”
- CT Hospital, Soltage, Tenaska Unveil Solar Plant
- FAA Pays to Upgrade Airport Hangar Heating
- Maryland Electric Coops Mount FERC Challenge to Community Solar Garden Retail Prices
- SEIA Releases Updated Version of ‘Guide to Federal Tax Incentives’
- Energy Efficiency and Waste Disposal Grow Closer
- Worcester School Gets Grant to Complete LED Retrofit
- Cree Recalls Lamps