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Thirsty energy: Securing energy in a water-constrained world

Water and energy are interlinked. Significant amounts of water are needed in almost all energy generation processes, from generating hydropower, to cooling in thermal power plants to extracting and processing fuels. Conversely, the water sector needs energy to extract, treat and transport water. This relationship is the energy-water nexus. Conservation of energy and water consumption can be achieved by integrating renewable energy and advanced water technologies in mining projects. These technologies are increasingly cost effect and competitive compared to traditional methods. Given the connection between water and energy, reducing a mining project’s non-renewable energy footprint is an effective way to protect water resources; similarly, cutting water consumption is a key way to cut carbon and energy footprints. This session will examine the energy and water management strategies of mining companies at different stages in the project cycle and will highlight innovative ways that renewable power and water conservation technology can be used to help reduce costs and drive sustainable development benefits for local communities. Speakers will also identify core policy issues and regulatory reforms needed to further increase private sector investment and incentivize energy decarbonization in the mining sector.
Chair: International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Sunday, March 4, 2018
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Room 803

Thirsty energy: Securing energy in a water-constrained world

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