Water-Energy Nexus in Bio-Based Systems

Seyed Hashem Mousavi-Avval, Asmita Khanal, Juliana Vasco-Correa, Luis Huezo, Ajay Shah

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Bio-based systems, namely those producing fuels and non-food products from biomass, could affect the path towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A nexus approach is needed to evaluate the sustainability of bio-based systems in terms of supply and use of energy and water. Evaluation of water and energy interconnections in the bio-based systems by a nexus approach helps improve water and energy security by integrated management of the resources use, while transitioning to a greener economy. This chapter focuses on water and energy supply and use in bio-based systems and discusses the interconnection between water and energy, exhibited in the water-energy nexus. Then, the metrics and decision-making tools to evaluate the sustainability of water and energy in bio-based systems are explained. Finally, the challenges and opportunities in the sustainable development of energy and water supply and use in bio-based systems are discussed.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication Water, Climate Change, and Sustainability
Subtitle of host publicationAn in-depth review of sustainable concepts in water resources management under climate change
EditorsVishnu Prasad Pandey, Sangam Shrestha, David Wiberg
Place of PublicationHoboken, NJ, USA
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Number of pages46
ISBN (Electronic)9781119564522
ISBN (Print)9781119564447
StatePublished - Mar 1 2021


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