Water–Energy Nexus in the People’s Republic of China and Emerging Issues | Asian Development Bank

Water–Energy Nexus in the People’s Republic of China and Emerging Issues

Publication | December 2017
Water–Energy Nexus in the People’s Republic of China and Emerging Issues

This report analyzes the trade-off between the two sectors in the context of the People’s Republic of China and proposes recommendations to ensure that the choices made are sustainable in the long run.

Water and energy are both valuable resources and indispensable for human society and economic development. By nature, water and energy are interlinked. Water plays a critical role in the generation of electricity for cooling of thermal power plants and in hydropower, as well as in the production of fossil fuels such as coal; energy is required to treat, distribute, and for wastewater treatment. Choices made in either of the sectors may have unintended and often negative implications on the other sector.

Contents 

  • Introduction
  • Water Use in Coal Industry
  • Water Use in the Oil and Gas Sector
  • Water Use in Electricity Generation
  • Water Use Implications of Hydropower
  • Energy for Water
  • Conclusion