The effects of climate change mitigation strategies on the energy system of Africa and its associated water footprint

  title={The effects of climate change mitigation strategies on the energy system of Africa and its associated water footprint},
  author={Ioannis Pappis and Vignesh Sridharan and Mark Howells and Hrvoje Medarac and Ioannis Kougias and Rocio Gonz{\'a}lez S{\'a}nchez and Abhishek Shivakumar and Will Usher},
  journal={Environmental Research Letters},
Africa’s economic and population growth prospects are likely to increase energy and water demands. This quantitative study shows that energy decarbonisation pathways reduce water withdrawals (WWs) and water consumption (WC) relative to the baseline scenario. However, the more aggressive decarbonisation pathway (1.5 °C) leads to higher overall WWs than the 2.0 °C scenario but lower WC levels by 2065. By 2065, investments in low-carbon energy infrastructure increase annual WWs from 1% (52 bcm) in… 

Strategic low-cost energy investment opportunities and challenges towards achieving universal electricity access (SDG7) in forty-eight African nations

  • I. Pappis
  • Engineering
    Environmental Research: Infrastructure and Sustainability
  • 2022
Strategic energy planning to achieve universal electricity access and meet the future energy needs of African nations is essential to formulate effective policy measures for climate change mitigation



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  • M. LarsenM. Drews
  • Environmental Science, Engineering
    The Science of the total environment
  • 2019