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BONEX at the 14th Congress of the Spanish Association for Agrifood Economics (AEEA)

BONEX at the 14th Congress of the Spanish Association for Agrifood Economics (AEEA)

BONEX at the 14th Congress of the Spanish Association for Agrifood Economics (AEEA)

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Enrique Tocados  (University of Córdoba) participated in the XIV Congress of the Spanish Association for Agrifood Economics (AEEA), which took place in Zaragoza (Spain) on September 6 to 8, 2023. He presented the work titled “Analysis of the evolution of the water-energy nexus in the Axarquia region, 1990-2030” to an audience of approximately 30 people from the scientific community. The communication will be published shortly in the event’s proceedings.

The study, which was co-authored by Javier Martínez, Jaime Espinosa and Julio Berbel, analyses the recent evolution of the water-energy nexus and the carbon balance in La Axarquia, the region where BONEX is implementing one of its demonstration projects. The results obtained show a current water deficit of 42 hm3, which is explained by the exponential development of subtropical crops in the region, where water needs are now 30% higher than the current water rights concessions. The outlook shows a worrying horizon for 2030 with an exponential increase in emissions in the period 2022-2030 due to the implementation of energy-intensive processes for the introduction of alternative water sources in the system. On the other hand, considering net carbon emissions, the study shows that there is a positive balance of 176,413 t of CO2eq captured by the cultivated plant mass, offsetting the emissions produced in the agricultural system, thus contributing to the improvement of the environment and the mitigation of climate change.

 

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