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Water demand for energy to double by 2035


January 31, 2013
By Brandi Cowen


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In the years ahead, increasing energy production will strain water resources, according to the IEA. (Courtesy bcfoto70/Flickr.)

The amount of fresh water consumed for world energy production is on track to double within the next 25 years, putting a strain on future water resources, the International Energy Agency (IEA) projects.

According to a report in National Geographic:

 

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“By far, the largest strain on future water resources from the energy system, according to IEA’s forecast, would be due to two lesser noted, but profound trends in the energy world: soaring coal-fired electricity, and the ramping up of biofuel production.”

 

According to the IEA’s projections, if today’s policies remain in place then water consumed for energy production will increase from 66 billion cubic metres today to 135 billion cubic metres by 2035.

 

To read the full report, click here.