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Understanding the water-energy nexus: A case study of Ningxia
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Using Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in China as a case study, the thesis addresses the interconnectedness between water and energy and investigates the regional water-energy nexus to assess the coherence of relevant policies and to explore opportunities to achieve sustainable development. Ningxia is extremely scarce in water but abundant in coal. On one hand, the government sets stringent targets to conserve water; on the other hand, the region has ambitious plans to develop the water intensive coal and relevant industries. Based on current development status and policies, the water and energy systems are modeled by WEAP and LEAP, respectively. The regional water-energy nexus is mapped to reveal the interactions between water and energy sectors. From the water policies, it is estimated that the water demand would decrease slightly in 2015; from the energy policies, the energy demand and production would increase greatly. Through the nexus approach, it is found that while energy is abundant to satisfy the increasing demand by the water sector for production and supply, water, however, cannot support the aggressive energy development. The huge water deficit indicates the potential incoherence of current policies and the unsustainable development mode. Nevertheless, there are opportunities to secure resources sustainability. This thesis highlights the viability of the water-energy nexus approach for comprehensive cross-sectorial assessment in policy making and resource management. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 44 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 204
Keyword [en]
Water-Energy Nexus, Ningxia, Modeling, Policy Coherence, Sustainable Development
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-232234OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-232234DiVA: diva2:747151
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2014-08-26, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, 13:00 (English)
Available from: 2014-09-16 Created: 2014-09-15 Last updated: 2014-09-16Bibliographically approved

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