The Food-Energy-Water Nexus

Elsevier, 17 June 2019

This Special Issue, bringing together articles from Science of the Total Environment; Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews; Ecological Modelling, and Resources; Conservation and Recycling, highlights the increasing understanding that major systems servicing human well-being, food, energy and water (FEW) systems are inextricably connected, and any attempt to address one dimension in isolation of the others will lead to unexpected, undesired, and far from optimal consequences. Considering these three systems holistically as the Food-Energy-Water Nexus directly considers Sustainable Development Goals 2 (zero hunger), 6 (clean water and sanitation), 7 (affordable and clean energy), 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), and 12 (responsible consumption and production).

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Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 97, Dec 2018, Pages 290-300.

This article debates the practicality and benefits of comprehensive food-energy-water nexus policy approaches. Improved understandings of the nexus holds broad potential to contribute to multiple interconnected SDGs including zero hunger, clean water and sanitation, and affordable and clean energy.
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Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Volume 137, Oct 2018, Pages 214-228.

To advance SDGs 12 (responsible consumption and production), 7 (clean energy) and 15 (life on land), this article specifically focuses on co-production and optimization of food and energy systems within the constraints of ecological sustainability. Specifically, it highlights how the role of nature and ecosystem services could be incorporated in engineering design.
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Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Volume 133, June 2018, Pages 309-319.

To further SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), this article advocates transdisciplinary approaches across supply chains, industry and ecological technology for ensuring the sustainability of food, energy, and water systems.
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Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Volume 133, Jun 2018, Pages 331-342.
 

Directly contributing to SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation) and SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), this paper proposes a solar energy enabled desalination process for producing fresh water, electricity generation and hydrogen production.
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Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Volume 133, Jun 2018, Pages 343-353.

This research contributes to SDGs 15 (life on land), 7 (affordable and clean energy), 6 (clean water and sanitation) and 12 (responsible consumption and production). The study specifically maps and quantifies nitrogen nutrient flows in a local food-energy-water system and indicates how such modeling could inform decision-making for sustainable management of nutrients.
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Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Volume 137, Oct 2018, Pages 314-315.

This article provides an opportunity to reflect on whether natural resource use, as viewed through the Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus lens, provides a useful basis for guiding integrated environmental management. Addressing and contributing to SDG 15 (life on land), SDG 14 (life below water) and SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production).
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Ecological Modelling, Volume 391, Jan 2019, Pages 9-15.

This article explores SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation) and SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production). The distinctive characteristics, self-efficiency or external dependency of energy demand’s water footprint in China’s two biggest and fastest developing megalopolises are explored.
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Ecological Modelling, Volume 390, Dec 2018, Pages 40-50.

This research contributes to SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) and SDG 12 (responsible production and consumption). Using a multiple-scale socio–economic water cycling model, the impacts of water price reform, water reallocation schemes, and industrialization processes on water resources utilization are analysed in north-western China.
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Ecological Modelling, Volume 391, January  2019, Pages 29-39.

Contributing to SDG 2 (zero hunger) and SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), this research uses a holistic view to create a Food-Energy-Water (FEW) nexus in order to reveal the hidden connections related to food self-sufficiency issues within China and Japan.