Water Footprint Of European Power Production Measured

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VIENNA, Austria

A new European Union (EU) report calls for increased investment in solar, wind and other renewable power sources to improve water use efficiency in electricity generation.

Energy security for the EU is a priority of the European Commission. Researchers from the EU's Joint Research Center, published 18 October, indicates that although both blue and green water resources are increasingly scarce, the EU currently does not explicitly account for water resource use in its energy related policies. The report "The consumptive water footprint of the European Union energy sector" quantifies the freshwater resources required to produce the different energy sources in the EU, by means of the water footprint (WF) concept.