Broomfield, Colo., May 2014 – MWH Global, the wet infrastructure sector leader and provider of strategic consulting, environmental engineering and construction services, sponsored the “Energy-water nexus” report promoted and recently published by the National Association of Environmental Management (NAEM). According to its findings, ensuring a viable supply of energy and water will require a long-term strategy and a systems approach to problem-solving.
The first in a new series of NAEM reports on emerging issues, “The Energy-Water Nexus” provides a detailed analysis of the interdependent relationship between energy production and water supply, and outlines how resource scarcity is expected to affect business continuity. The report also identifies the strategies corporate leaders are using today to effectively manage energy and water in tandem.
Developed from desktop research, and interviews with resource experts and NAEM members, the 20-page report outlines the business case for a systems approach to resource management.
Donald Walsh, MWH Global Manufacturing Sector Leader, said: “The NAEM Report illustrates the interdependence between energy and water, the increasing demand for both fresh water and energy, the potential risk to business continuity, and the complex web of emerging policies and regulations. The report concludes by introducing strategies for companies to adapt to water and energy related risks. MWH is honored to sponsor the NAEM report and help corporations understand and effectively manage the energy-water nexus.”
NAEM Executive Director Carol Singer Neuvelt said the report reflects the increasingly complex landscape in which companies are making decisions about environmental management.
“As waning supply and increased demand start to put stress on energy and water, companies will face new questions and tradeoffs,” she said. “This report is our contribution to helping our members understand this changing resource landscape, and providing them with the tools they need to think through the impacts of these resources on their operations.”