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Sustainable Energy for All - What does it mean for Water and Food Security: Seeking sustainable development CLEWS: Climate-change, Land-use, Energy and Water (CLEW) Strategies
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Energy Systems Analysis.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Energy Systems Analysis.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Energy Systems Analysis.
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2011 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

This background note serves to inform the “hot topic” session entitled ‘Sustainable Energy for All – What does it mean for Water and Food Security?’.Energy is vital for human development. This is why the United Nations proclaimed 2012 as the ‘International Year of Sustainable Energy for All’. The goal is to ensure universal access to modern energy services by 2030. Today’s energy production, however, is already putting prohibitive strain on the global environment. In support of worldwide efforts to render energy systems sustainable, the UN has therefore called for two additional targets: to double the rate of improvements in energy efficiency and the share of renewable energy.Besides energy, also food and water need to be universally provided to ensure human wellbeing and enable socio-economic development. Each of these targets is indispensable to improve people’s livelihoods and is a formidable challenge by itself. But taken together, they become an even more daunting task since they interfere with each other – while today human activities are already exceeding planetary limits.The simultaneous expansion of energy, food and water requires a coherent approach based on integrated planning across these sectors. The management in each resource area is often done in isolation - with unforeseen and damaging consequences manifested in related systems. As a starting point, we focus on energy and consequently discuss Energy-Water-Food nexus relations. The beginnings of a ‘framework’ are presented that is useful to conceptualize these interrelations, and then applied to a preliminary case study. In that case study, integrated measures are considered as a means to improve the energy security of a climate-change-vulnerable small island developing state (SIDS). The case study assesses CLEW (Climate, Land-use, Energy and Water) strategies in an integrated manner, and was undertaken by organizations contributing to this special session.

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2011.
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Energy Systems Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
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SRA - Energy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-89156OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-89156DiVA: diva2:502766
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The Water Energy and Food Security Nexus – Solutions for the Green Economy, Bonn, Germany
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QC 20120215Available from: 2012-02-15 Created: 2012-02-14 Last updated: 2012-03-06Bibliographically approved

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