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Include the fossil-free transition in the next Water Action Agenda

The next Water Action Agenda must seriously consider the role and future of water in the transition to fossil-free energy – both as an agent for change and as a sensitive system to be impacted with serious negative consequences.

Karina Barquet, Maria Xylia, Faisal Bin Ashraf / Published on 16 March 2023
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Barquet, K., Xylia, M., & Bin Ashraf, F. (2023). Include the Fossil-Free Transition in the Next Water Action Agenda. SEI Brief. Stockholm Environment Institute.

Producing more energy, even if “fossil-free”, will affect the achievement of water quality, biodiversity and climate goals. Leaders need to rethink the “optimal” equation to account not only for energy security but also climate, ecosystem and social benefits and trade-offs. These considerations should focus on hydropower and how it fits into other renewable energy sources, as well as how water use will shape these decisions.

This brief presents key considerations for bringing fossil-fuel free planning into water planning, with a suggested holistic view to actions for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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SEI authors

Karina Barquet
Karina Barquet

Team Leader: Water, Coasts and Ocean; Senior Research Fellow

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Maria Xylia
Maria Xylia

Senior Research Fellow

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Faisal Ashraf
Faisal Bin Ashraf

Research Fellow

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