Investing in Renewable Energy Is Africa’s Best Bet to Increase Water Availability: Report

27 Oct 2015 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates

Investing in renewable-energy technology presents the most affordable option for African countries to increase the amount of water available to meet rising demand due to expanding economic growth, rising population and urbanization, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).As strain on existing water resources grows, desalination “could be relied upon to meet as much as 50 percent of new water demand,” but the implications for future energy demand would be significant, says the report, Africa 2030: Roadmap for a Renewable Energy Future.Currently, in North Africa, the total volume of water produced through desalination accounts for less than 1 percent of total regional demand, largely because of the large amounts of energy required for the process...

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