Balancing energy, Water and Food Systems
“Evidence in the scientific community points to significant growing tensions across a number of key systems – in particular the inter-relationship between energy, water and food systems,” says Jeremy Bentham, VP Global Business Environment. “The world’s water, energy and food systems are tightly linked. Water is needed for almost all forms of energy production; energy is needed to treat and transport water; and both water and energy are needed to grow food.”
According to the World Economic Forum, the world could face a 40 percent shortfall between global fresh water demand and supply by 2030, if current trends continue.
The Dawson Creek Reclaimed Water Project is an example of how Shell is helping to face that challenge by working with the community. The facility, process and associated infrastructure will virtually eliminate our need to draw on local fresh water sources for the operation of our Groundbirch natural gas venture.
The project further treats a volume of municipal wastewater that was alternatively released into the Dawson Creek to a standard suitable for industrial and municipal uses. The project will supply water for Shell’s Groundbirch development and provide the City of Dawson Creek with additional reclaimed water for sale to other industry operators or for potential municipal use such as the watering of roads or sports fields.