Management of the urban energy-water nexus

Kenway, Steven (2015). Management of the urban energy-water nexus. In Jamie Pittock, Karen Hussey and Stephen Dovers (Ed.), Climate, energy and water: managing trade-offs, seizing opportunities (pp. 141-154) New York, NY, United States: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9781139248792.009

Author Kenway, Steven
Title of chapter Management of the urban energy-water nexus
Title of book Climate, energy and water: managing trade-offs, seizing opportunities
Place of Publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1017/CBO9781139248792.009
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
ISBN 9781139248792
Editor Jamie Pittock
Karen Hussey
Stephen Dovers
Chapter number 9
Start page 141
End page 154
Total pages 14
Total chapters 19
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The influence of urban water management on energy use is substantial. Approximately 8 per cent of Australia's 2009 greenhouse gas emissions (24 t CO2-e/person) are influenced by water policy in cities. Much of the influence is associated with the use of water, in homes and industry. This is, consequently, ‘hidden’ from the much smaller (although still large) energy balances assessed and managed by water utilities. Understanding and managing this wider pool of energy is vital in order to avoid perverse impacts such as increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions during water conservation efforts. The energy consumption of urban water in Australia is anticipated to grow 200 to 250 per cent by 2030, from 2007 levels, largely as a result of ‘climate resilient’ desalination and water reuse systems. This chapter argues that co-ordinated management of water and energy in cities is both a need and an opportunity to find efficient and low-cost solutions to water shortages and emissions targets. Such solutions will require integrated water and energy research, planning, funding, regulation, standards, data, targets and reporting. Collaboration across the industry sectors and government will be necessary to generate knowledge and policy in major gaps, including (a) quantification of links between water and energy in the industrial and commercial sectors, (b) understanding of the strong economic, social and institutional factors of relevance and (c) generate real understanding of the variability in the systems as opposed to the current over-reliance on ‘averages’. The significance of water-related energy in cities The energy associated with urban water provision in Australia in 2006-07 accounted for 13 per cent of national electricity use, plus 18 per cent of natural gas consumption. It totalled some 6,800 gigawatt-hours of primary energy use per 1 million people (Table 9.1; Kenway et al. 2011a), representing 9 per cent of Australian primary energy use.
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