Climate change is here and now, and the energy transition away from fossil fuels is at the heart of climate solutions. The energy transition consists of switching from fossil fuels to renewable energies to reduce GHG emissions. Although the need for energy transitions is widely recognized, the role of water in these transitions deserves more attention. In this context, just energy and water transitions are strategies that allow these systemic changes to occur in a fair and equitable manner to ensure that the costs and benefits of climate action are distributed equitably.
This session will explore why socio-economic and institutional contexts are key to unlocking the potential of the water, energy and climate nexus and ensuring that solutions are delivered in a fair and equitable way for all. It is critical to understand these contexts in which the water-energy-climate nexus operates, and to consider political/institutional parameters and socio-economic factors when developing solutions – maximizing multi-stakeholder cross-sectoral collaborations will be essential. Studies on the importance of water for energy supply, including renewable energy, agricultural water use and wastewater reuse, will be used to explore some of these socio-economic and governance applied to the fight against climate change. The discussion will also include our partners’ experience in engaging community leaders, business partners, and practitioners working toward system justice to explore what a just recovery would look like.