293766229 - Water, Energy and Climate Change Water, Energy...

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Water, Energy and Climate Change A contribution from the business community Water, Energy and Climate Change
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If we truly want to find sustainable solutions, we must ensure that we address all three in a holistic way. They are pieces of the same puzzle and therefore it is not practical to look at them in isolation. This paper is only a first step in fitting some of the pieces of that puzzle together. The search for solutions is complicated because water, energy and climate change are each complex. Examining their interrelationship further complicates the discussion but we must if we are to take the next step toward a sustainable society. They also touch all parts of our culture and are interconnected with other issues, such as our values, ecosystems and livelihoods. To make meaningful progress, we must acknowledge this complexity and use it to our advantage. When you have an energy problem, you most certainly have a water problem. It works the other way, too. And if you are concerned about climate change, you are actually concerned about both energy and water – whether you know it or not. Just as the issues are interconnected, so too are the solutions. For example, we know that municipal wastewater is not waste at all. The water can be reused, and the solid waste can be used as a source of energy and fertilizer. By taking a holistic view of the situation, we can find solutions that address both water and energy concerns. A Message from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Water Project The business community is committed to this effort. Many leading companies around the world are already hard at work trying to find solutions to water and energy challenges. We are innovating and researching, developing technologies and looking for new approaches. But in order to succeed we need support and collaboration from legislators, policy-makers, civil society and academics. This is a call for more research and increased knowledge- sharing between the many experts now working separately on water and energy issues in universities, non-governmental organizations, industries and government. Together we can break down the silos and develop solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. Our special thanks go to Shell, who has been active in the Water Project for many years and who led the development of this particular paper. We would also like to thank the many organizations that have provided valuable input to our work and to this publication, such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the International Water Association (IWA), the European Water Partnership (EWP), World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Water Council, AquaFed and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Steven R. Loranger
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