American University of Beirut

​Water-Energy Nexus of Water and Wastewater Service in Lebanon

Project O​verview​​

Though well established and understood by practitioners, policy-makers ignore the
interrelation between energy and water when developing energy and water policies, known as
the water-energy nexus This has led to the rise of complex challenges, especially in Lebanon,
due to the fact that policies and strategies in both sectors have often been developed in
isolation of each other. This resulted in policy fragmentation that has negatively affected the
sustainable development of both sectors.
The interdependencies and tradeoffs between water and energy require an integrative
approach to policy planning and resource management. This is not possible without
a supportive knowledge base, and an understanding of these interlinkages and systems.
Lebanon, to date, lacks a comprehensive assessment of energy consumption and efficiency in
water and wastewater service provision. Additionally, the policy frameworks and coordination
mechanisms in place do not facilitate the development of an integrated and efficient water energy
scheme, to alleviate pressures on both sectors. Accordingly, there is a need to develop
a comprehensive understanding of the links between water and energy within the current
Lebanese legal and operational framework, to assess barriers and opportunities for better integrated policies, management strategies, and solutions.
The study presented herein aims to address the issues raised above by examining the
role of energy, particularly electricity, in Lebanon’s water and wastewater service provision.
This includes an investigation and analysis of associated legal, social, environmental, and
economic aspects along with existing legal, policy, and institutional frameworks pertaining to
the water, wastewater, and energy sectors. The potential of and obstacles to mainstreaming
energy efficiency, particularly renewable energy, in the water and wastewater sectors are
also addressed along with a quantification of social, environmental, and economic impacts
of energy-use and efficiency of both the individual (homeowner) and water establishment.
Finally, a national roadmap for improved energy efficiency in the water and wastewater sector
is proposed and evidence is provided on the potential deployment of renewable energy in
water services.

Research Reports

Volume 1Executive Summary

Volume 2Social Network Analysis

Volume 3: Energy Audit of the Water and Wastewater Sectors

Volume 4Renewable Energy Potential and Market Assessment

Volume 5Socio-Economic Assessment of the Water-Energy Nexus​ 

*These documents have been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of these documents are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Oxfam, IFI and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.*

The Issam Fares Institue Research Team

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