Title: Assessing the effects of water saving measures on Europe's water resources: BLUE2 project - Freshwater quantity
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2020
JRC N°: JRC120388
ISBN: 978-92-76-21537-0 (online),978-92-76-21536-3 (print)
ISSN: 1831-9424 (online),1018-5593 (print)
Other Identifiers: EUR 30361 EN
OP KJ-NA-30361-EN-N (online),KJ-NA-30361-EN-C (print)
URI: https://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC120388
DOI: 10.2760/739798
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: Using JRC's LISFLOOD water resources model, the effect of four policy measures on Europe's water resources were investigated under current and future climate. The measures evaluated were increasing irrigation efficiency, urban water use efficiency, cooling water usage for energy production, and urban waste-water re-use for irrigation. The measures were evaluated following their current planned implementation (BAU) under the Water Framework Directive. Furthermore, an Maximum Feasible Technology scenario was investigated for all 4 measures. Increasing irrigation efficiency shows to have the largest effect on improving water resources, under current climate. Under future climate change however, the projected decreases in water availability in especially the Mediterranean are larger than the increases obtained with improving irrigation efficiency. This may indicate that an increased level of ambition in water efficiency measures is required to reduce the impact of climate change on water resources.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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