Endangered Waters: Impacts of coal-fired power plants on water supply

In the last 20 years India’s energy demands have tripled and water requirements for the industry have doubled. This report by Greenpeace India focuses on the region of Vidarhba where in 2010, 71 power plants were in various stages of approval. India is already in a condition of water stress, and national demand for water is projected to outstrip supply in less than thirty years. National irrigation water requirements are expected to increase 50% by 2050. The government’s push on such water-intensive methods of power production, therefore, will make conflicts between power projects and agriculture inevitable.

No Water, No Power: is there enough water to fuel China’s power expansion?

This report from HSBC finds that nearly half of China’s GDP is earned in water-scarce provinces. Looking ahead, ambitious power expansion plans could face real water constraints and this is expected to drive an increased focus on water and energy efficiency in the power, industry and mining sectors. The report argues that water and power risks in China need to be considered by financiers, investors and companies as a core feature of capital expenditure plans.

Water Hungry Coal: Burning South Africa’s water to produce electricity

This report from Greenpeace finds that the real solution to South Africa’s water and electricity crisis is not incremental improvements in coal technology, it is an Energy [R]evolution: a shift away from coal and nuclear energy, and towards renewable energy and energy efficiency. In one second, Eskom uses the same amount of water as a single person would use within one year, based on access to the minimum 25 litres of water per day. South Africans have a right to know how water is being allocated, managed and polluted.

Thirsty Coal: A Water Crisis Exacerbated

In this report Greenpeace East Asia urges China to reconsider the distribution and scale of its coal power expansion strategy, watch over the water supply situation in its mega coal power bases, and make adjustments to these ambitious plans in accordance with availability of water resources in western China over the remaining time left in the 12th Five Year Plan period.