Realizing the renewable energy targets of the Gulf Cooperation Council region (GCC) will result in a 22% reduction in water consumption for power generation and associated fuel extraction, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena).
“Until now, detailed knowledge on the role of renewable energy at the intersection of energy, food and water has been limited. But this first-of-its-kind report shows that in addition to enhancing energy security, improving air quality, reducing carbon emissions and creating jobs, greater deployment of existing renewable energy technology can also bolster water and food security.”
In addition to the water saving potential of renewable energy, the report also shows that renewable energy-based desalination technologies could play an increasing role in providing clean drinking water for people around the world. Although renewable desalination may still be relatively expensive, decreasing renewable energy costs, technology advancements and increasing scales of deployment make it a cost-effective and sustainable solution in the long term, the report indicates.
Source: Gulf News