2014 World Water Week

 
Stockholm, Sweden

31 August-5 September, 2014

World Water Week is organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and takes place in Stockholm, Sweden. It has been the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues since 1991. It is a platform for over 200 collaborating organisations to convene events about water and development issues. Individuals from around the globe also present their findings at the scientific workshops.

Energy Investments and Infrastructure Providing Benefits Across the Nexus

Seminar,  31 August 2014

Water, energy and land systems are inter-connected and have become increasingly complex and dependent on one another. Understanding the drivers behind these interlinkages is important when developing and implementing infrastructure so it improves benefits to people and nature while securing sustainable economic and industrial development. At the same time, the right policies, incentives and co-operation need to be in place, which is further complicated when the development is in shared river basins.

This seminar explored the drivers for energy investments and policies in water infrastructure development and management. Key areas include: How does investment in energy infrastructure affect other parts of the nexus? In what way can energy investments and ways of operating energy infrastructure provide multiple benefits across the nexus? How can benefits be shared? How can water savings in energy be used beneficially in water supply and food production? How can different actors cooperate to that end?
 
Learning and critical thinking from a series of recent nexus dialogue workshops in Africa, Latin America and Asia, as well as a set of assessments of the water-food-energy-ecosystems in transboundary river basins will provide a basis for discussion, along with perspectives from the energy, water and food sectors.

 

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'Energy Investments and Infrastructure Providing Benefits Across the Nexus'

Nexus Dialogue Seminar

Conveners: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and International Water Association (IWA)
Co-conveners: United States Department of StateDeutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ); Electricité de France (EDF); United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE);  and World Resources Institute (WRI)
 

Programme

14:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Chair: Dr. Ger Bergkamp, IWA

Part 1: Enabling Environment for Investing in the Energy Sector: Understanding Benefits and Trade-offs

14:05 Keynote – Her Excellency Ambassador Dr. Lisa Emilia Svensson, Sweden’s Ambassador for Oceans, Seas, and Fresh Water

14:20 Setting the Scene: Focus on energy perspective-what are the benefits and trade-offs across the nexus? – Dr. James Dalton, IUCN

14:30 A US perspective on water-energy nexus: success and failures from practitioner – Dr. Reagan Waskom , Colorado State University

14:40 Transboundary implications of energy infrastructure on water resources: considerations and approaches – Dr. Annukka Lipponen, UNECE

14:50 Q&A

15:00 Roundtable discussion – Katharine Cross, IWA

20 mins discussion followed by 10 mins feedback in plenary from the tables - Each table will have one discussion question

  • How does investment in (energy) infrastructure affect different parts of the nexus?
  • In what way can energy investments and ways of operating infrastructure provide multiple benefits across the nexus?
  • How can benefits be shared?
  • How can water savings in energy be used beneficially in water supply and food production?
  • How can different actors cooperate to that end?

Roundtable moderator(s): Jonathan Grant, WaterTap

15:30 Coffee break

Part2:  Investment in Nexus Infrastructure and the Impacts on Water, Energy and Food Security

Chair: Ms. Ulrike Pokorski, GIZ

16:00 Serre-Ponçon (France) and Nam Theun 2 (Lao PDR) hydro schemes: 2 locations, 2 different time periods but the same positive impacts from a "water for energy" infrastructure – Mr. Laurent Bellet, EDF

16:15 Identifying a Pipeline of Natural Infrastructure Investment and How Energy Priorities and Economics Shape Financing of These Investments – Mr. Todd Gartner, WRI

16:25 Q&A

16:30 Investment aspects for energy efficiency in water infrastructure, energy contracting model – Mr. Malek Rawashdeh, Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ)

16:40 Renewable Energy Investments in the Context of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus - Mr. Jordan Macknick, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

16:50 Q&A

17:00 Closing panel discussion –Does investment in energy infrastructure bring benefits for the food/agricultural/land sectors and improve water management? 

The panel will discuss issues raised through the session from individual presentations and from the audience.

Chair: Her Excellency Ambassador Dr. Lisa Emilia Svensson -  Sweden’s Ambassador for Oceans, Seas, and Fresh Water

  • Mr. Jordan Macknick, US Department of Energy,  National Lab for Renewable Energy
  • Mr. Laurent Bellet, EDF
  • Mr. Todd Gartner, WRI
  • Mr. Malek Rawashdeh, Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ)
  • Dr. Annukka Lipponen, UNECE
  • Dr. Reagan Waskom , Colorado State University

17:30 – Close