The System Integration feasibility project analysed findings from the food, energy and water feasibility studies in order to find technical synergies among the different processes. We have also looked at common learning within smaller-scale technologies and identified opportunities and barriers to improve resource efficiency at a system level.
This feasibility project reviewed the key systems approaches for analysing and designing local food-energy-water systems, and proposes an initial framework for assessing such systems. During the feasibility studies on food, water and energy, it was decided to focus on two kinds of food – bread and tomato paste. For bread, it offers an empirical comparison between centralised and localised bread production. For each of the configurations, the water and energy demand throughout the supply chain has been analysed for each process step separately. The findings related to “shared prosperity” from the other feasibility projects on Business Models and Practice and on Policy and Society have been integrated.
Based on the analysed scenarios, an initial quantification of the socioeconomic and environmental potential of local nexuses will be produced. These findings will be used to identify key aspects of generalising learning on local nexuses.