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Ned Spang Receives UNESCO Global Water Forum’s Emerging Scholar’s Award

Posted on: November 19, 2012

Ned Spang, Ph.D., program manager of the UC Davis Center for Water-Energy Efficiency, received first place out of 800 entrants at the UNESCO Global Water Forum’s Emerging Scholar’s Award. Spang’s winning paper, “A thirst for power: A global analysis of water consumption for energy production,” encapsulates his research establishing baseline estimates for water consumed in energy production at the national level for nearly every country in the world. Spang’s research enables policy-level analysis of water consumed for energy produced.

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) established the Global Water Forum in 2010 to disseminate knowledge and insights from leading water researchers and practitioners. The Global Water Forum supports capacity building through knowledge sharing; provides a means for informed, unbiased discussion of potentially contentious issues; discusses important issues that receive less attention than they deserve; and creates a high quality resource for water practitioners freely accessible across the world.

Ned Spang’s research follows the Center for Water Efficiency’s mission "to research, develop and disseminate efficient technologies and system-based policies for the integrated conservation of water and energy resources." Spang’s previous research includes analysis of regional case studies related to the improved management or water resources in Central and South America. Additionally Spang’s expertise on energy systems comes form research performed as a coordinator of the MIT-Portugal green Islands Project, where he worked to design an integrated clean energy future for the Azores Archipelago of Portugal.

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