Energy-water nexus: accelerating energy savings for the clean energy transition

The link between energy and water consumption across sectors has been so far widely neglected, despite the economic and environmental benefits it can bring to European citizens and businesses. Water and energy are interdependent and should be considered in all EU policies with the goals to make Europe’s waters more resilient, affordable and accessible, and to support Europe’s energy efficiency objectives.

Smart Water management across the water sector and across the industrial, commercial, and residential water cycles can lead to important energy savings. The key is in understanding the energy-water nexus and its ability to generate water and energy efficiencies.

The opportunity to tap into the potential of this nexus is present with existing technologies and thus it is ripe for policy-makers to accelerate European efforts toward a clean energy transition.

This paper highlights the views of a cross-sectoral alliance of businesses united by the shared vision that smart water management can generate energy and water efficiencies and be a driver for a cost-efficient, competitive and decarbonised economy. It also provides policy recommendations for the EU to accelerate this opportunity, which is right in front of us.

Strategic investments for Europe – Evidence from cost-effective energy efficiency stories

We recognize in both public and private sector an urgent need to move from policy to practice and to replicate and scale sustainable technologies and practices.

Doing so will unlock the multiple economic, environmental and social benefits that are needed to create a sustainable development pathway in our 21st century. This is especially true in the area of energy efficiency. Consequently, we are addressing one of the main hurdles to accelerated adoptions of energy efficient products and solutions – which is a widespread lack of awareness about existing energy efficient solutions and their cost effective, social-economic benefits.

This is why we are pleased to present this collection of business success stories, as ‘seeing is believing’.

We look forward to contributing to the next policy cycle by presenting such success stories that underpin the well-being and prosperity benefits for a Europe that advances towards reaching climate neutrality by 2050.

Harry Verhaar – Chair of EU-ASE Board