The water and energy nexus (Template)


The water and energy sectors are central to our business and we connect these two fundamental services of a city. It isn’t new to consider both water and energy (just ask the Romans and Dutch), but the term ‘water and energy nexus’ is a relatively new. It has its origins in America, when Peter Gleick documented the large water usage associated with energy generation. We see the water-energy nexus as being about more than using water to run centralised power systems.

For us it means three things:

  • Decisions about water and energy at the household and precinct scale are closely linked. Both of these critical services must be considered together.
  • Saving water means saving energy.
  • Saving energy means saving water.

What we also know is that there are significant benefits in working across both sectors, beyond the commodities and the infrastructure, as we are able to bring expertise from one sector and use it in another.