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15% of the world’s total water withdrawals are used for energy production

In 2010, 15% of the world’s total water withdrawals – about 583 billion m3 - were used for energy production. Water demand for energy will certainly increase as energy demand is expected to increase by more than one third in the period 2010–2035. Approximately 90% of global power generation is water intensive: water is used directly for hydropower generation as well as for all forms of thermal power generation schemes.

Last update:06 Feb 2014