Workshop on Food-Energy-Water Nexus Issues in Energy Production
Food, energy and water are fundamental human needs. They’re also deeply interconnected.
To offer holistic, systems-level insights and solutions to global food, energy and water problems, Colorado State University hosted a two-day workshop, Food-Energy-Water: Nexus Issues in Energy Production, Dec. 7-8, 2015 at the Marriott Residence Inn, Arlington, Va.
“Think about food, energy and water: they are all critical resources for society,” said Ken Reardon, CSU professor of chemical and biological engineering and workshop organizer. “You can’t trade one for the other, and they interact. You can’t fix one problem without thinking about how that solution is impacting the others.”
Global food, energy and water issues are all affected by increasing populations and by climate change, Reardon continued. The workshops included expert viewpoints from across the nation and provided an overview of the multidimensional challenges in energy production; current tools derived from physical science, technology and social science; and identification of further research and development needs.
Discussions began with food-energy-water issues in two key energy sectors: oil and gas production and biofuels production, and lead into evaluation of general research needs related to sustainable energy production.
- Session 1: Focus on FEW Issues in Biofuel Production (Session Chair: Reagan Waskom, Colorado State University)
- Current and future issues for biofuel production (Ken Reardon, Colorado State University)
- Confronting uncertainties in the biofuel ‒ water landscape: assessment and attributes (May Wu, Argonne National Laboratory)
- Water productivity for hybrid maize under irrigated agriculture (Chittaranjan Ray, University of Nebraska at Lincoln)
- Agriculture advancements and cellulosic ethanol (Steve Barr, Dupont Pioneer)
- The good, the bad and the ugly – assessing sustainability of biofuel feedstocks (Keith Paustian, Colorado State University)
- Social dimensions of bioenergy production: challenges and opportunities (Theresa Selfa, SUNY-Environmental Science and Forestry)
- Session 2: Focus on Synergistic FEW Opportunities during Oil and Gas Production (Session Chair: Bryan Willson, Colorado State University)
- Current state and future vision for interactions between food, oil and gas production and water systems (Ken Carlson, Colorado State University)
- What are the primary barriers for reusing produced water for agriculture from industry’s perspective? (Erik Anglund, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation)
- Current state of oilfield wastewater reuse (John Veil, Veil Environmental, LLC)
- Technologies and methods for treatment of wastewater from O&G exploration and production: limitations, economics, and reuse opportunities(Tzahi Cath, Colorado School of Mines)
- Growing cotton with treated produced water – lessons learned (Katie Lewis, Texas A&M University)
- Session 3: Overarching Issues (Session Chair: Sonia Kreidenweis, Colorado State University)
- Management of collaboration and conflict (Tanya Heikkila, University of Colorado-Denver)
- Understanding perceptions of water resources in the Agricultural Heartland: Who is shaping our attitudes and influencing our behaviors? (Kajsa Dalrymple, University of Iowa)
- Observing and modeling water cycle changes related to biofuel and oil/gas production (Christa Peters-Lidard, NASA
- Session 4: Broad Themes for FEW Issues in Energy Production (Session Chair: Reagan Waskom, Colorado State University)
- Report from COP21 on nexus issues in energy production (Peter Backlund, Colorado State University)
- Climate and the energy-water nexus: current and future risks (Kristen Averyt, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado)
- Climate and the energy-water nexus: current and future risks(Seth Snyder, Argonne National Laboratory and Ron Faibish, Department of Energy)