IChemE has promoted the concept of the water-energy-food nexus since 2012. I blogged on the topic back in September.
The global challenges presented by the increasing demands for water, energy and food are inextricably linked.
Climate change brings additional pressures. Identifying and implementing solutions for sustainable development requires a systems thinking approach.
The nexus challenge sits at the centre of IChemE’s technical collaboration with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).
In November 2014, Chevron Oronite president and IChemE past president, Dr Des King, gave a presentation on the nexus at AIChE’s research conference in San Francisco. His thinking outlined the complex challenge of population growth, urbanisation and the expanding ‘middle class’ in developing economies; all of which are driving up demand.