WEC Congress | Energy-Water-Food Nexus

98% of electricity supply directly depends on access to water. A recent World Energy Council report on resilience highlights that water stress and competition for water resources are increasing and expose energy systems to new vulnerability. Technology choice, coordinated regional water planning, internal water pricing, and innovative insurance models are among the solutions implemented to adapt to a more water constrained future.


  1. Which regions are most affected by the nexus challenge and what are some of the visible consequences?
  2. What are the technologies and innovative solutions that help manage the nexus?
  3. What are required policies to support the management of the nexus?


Background Reading

The road to resilience – managing the risks of the energy-water-food nexus

Discussion Leader(s): Matar Al Neyadi, Undersecretary, Ministry of Energy; Vice Chair for the Gulf States/Middle East, Government of UAE; World Energy Council, UAE ; Guillermo Bravo Mancheño, Senior Vice President, Abengoa, Spain ; Jason Drew, Chief Executive Officer, AgriProtein, South Africa ; Maria Neira, Director Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants, World Health Organisation, Switzerland
Topic: Resilience frontiers