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Beyond the Energy–Water–Food Nexus

New Strategies for 21st-Century Growth

Providing food, clean water and energy for a growing population is one of the greatest challenges facing public and private sector professionals. While there is widespread recognition of the complex feedback loops between energy, water and food, there has been less focus on viable solutions.

This guide by Will Sarni – an internationally recognized thought leader on corporate water stewardship and water tech innovation – frames the key issues and challenges for business professionals, and then outlines emerging solutions which include both "soft path" and technology innovation approaches.

The book includes case examples of multinational companies who are abandoning business as usual and moving beyond traditional thinking. It also highlights crucial new partnerships or "collective action initiatives" where NGOs, multinationals and the public sector come together to forge practical solutions to meet the needs of their stakeholders.

Solutions to the energy–water–food nexus will need to be disruptive, not incremental, and will require technology innovation, new public–private partnerships, and changes in public policy.

Beyond the Energy–Food–Water Nexus shows organizations how they can play their part in improving the quality of life for an urbanized global population while preserving the ecosystems that sustain us all.

Beyond the Energy–Water–Food Nexus provides a pithy and poignant overview to the water crisis facing the world today. The book packs a punch with numerous practical examples of what is both possible and how creative collaborations can positively impact future scenarios. But there is no escaping the depth and severity of the problem ... This primer lays out specific scenarios useful for government officials, business people, educators and conservationists. 

DANIEL KATZ, Senior Program Director, The Overbrook Foundation and Board Chair and Founder, Rainforest Alliance.

Introduction

1. What is the nexus? Meeting the energy, water and food needs of 9 billion people

2. Global trends in energy, water and food

3. How did we get here? What is not working?

3.1 Silo thinking

3.2 Public policy

3.3 Market failure

4. What has to change?

4.1 Decoupling growth from resource use

4.2 Moving out of the silos – What do solutions look like?

4.3 Integrated solutions in the utility sectors

5. Twenty-first-century thinking: A new framework with new rules

6. Closing thoughts: Abandon business as usual

References

WILL SARNI is an internationally recognized thought leader on water stewardship and water tech innovation. Will is a Board Member of the Rainforest Alliance and works as an advisor for several NGOs on water-related programmes.

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