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Formulating a sustainable urban strategy by optimizing the synergies between food, water and energy systems


The SUNEX project establishes an integrated modelling framework of advanced tools to model and assess the Food Water Energy systems’ demand and supply sides. It captures their interdependencies through a nexus view that endorses sustainable and efficient solutions for energy, water and food supply for urban regions. The FWE-Nexus concept will serve as central approach to ensure coherent solutions on sustainable use and management.


SUNEX will be applied in the cities Berlin, Bristol, Doha and Vienna, reflecting different socio-economic and climate characteristics. Starting from the current situation and in co-design with local stakeholders and urban policy makers, future evolution of urban FWE demand and supply will be projected based on consistent scenarios. Moreover, seven selected SDGs (UN Sustainable Development Goals) are addressed and existing trade-offs and synergies will be identified to ensure inclusive sustainable urban FWE strategies. The scenario results will be analysed to identify possible implementation measures for improvement.


Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe (JPI UE)