Sylvie Lemmet, the Director of the Technology, Industry and Economics Division at United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says that 'Europe needs policies to decouple economic growth from water and energy consumption'.
It is an interesting article. I didn't know that 'Globally, water withdrawals for human activities are growing at twice the rate of the human population. Without efficiency gains, and with average economic growth, demand for water is expected to outstrip currently accessible supplies by 40% by 2030. In Europe, the European Environment Agency calculates the energy sector consumes 44% of the water used across the EU, four times the amount used by industry....'