Water and Energy Consumption at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

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Title:
Water and Energy Consumption at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Authors:
Wiche Latorre, Pia Alexandra
Abstract:
Saudi Arabia is the greatest exporter of oil in the world and also the country with greatest desalination capacity. It is considered a rich country but not a developed one. Because water is scarce while energy is abundant, it becomes important to evaluate the environmental performance of populations in Saudi Arabia with regards to these two aspects. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a gated community in Saudi Arabia with high living standards where water and energy are free of cost (no constraint over use). Four environmental sustainability indicators were used to determine the environmental performance of KAUST in comparison to other countries. It was found that per capita, KAUST is between the five greatest water and energy consumers in the world. Important factors to this result are the fact that KAUST is still under construction, that the peak capacity for permanent residents has not yet been reached and that there is little control over the water and energy systems at KAUST. It was concluded that KAUST should reduce its water and energy consumption per capita. To this means, some proposed solutions were to have wide-spread awareness-raising campaigns to all people working and living in KAUST, and to improve control over air conditioning control systems.
Advisors:
Nunes, Suzana Pereira ( 0000-0002-3669-138X )
Committee Member:
Amy, Gary L.; Missimer, Thomas M.
KAUST Department:
Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Division
Program:
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Issue Date:
May-2012
Type:
Thesis
Appears in Collections:
Theses; Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Division; Chemical and Biological Engineering Program

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.advisorNunes, Suzana Pereiraen
dc.contributor.authorWiche Latorre, Pia Alexandraen
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-22T07:39:24Z-
dc.date.available2012-07-22T07:39:24Z-
dc.date.issued2012-05en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/235011en
dc.description.abstractSaudi Arabia is the greatest exporter of oil in the world and also the country with greatest desalination capacity. It is considered a rich country but not a developed one. Because water is scarce while energy is abundant, it becomes important to evaluate the environmental performance of populations in Saudi Arabia with regards to these two aspects. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a gated community in Saudi Arabia with high living standards where water and energy are free of cost (no constraint over use). Four environmental sustainability indicators were used to determine the environmental performance of KAUST in comparison to other countries. It was found that per capita, KAUST is between the five greatest water and energy consumers in the world. Important factors to this result are the fact that KAUST is still under construction, that the peak capacity for permanent residents has not yet been reached and that there is little control over the water and energy systems at KAUST. It was concluded that KAUST should reduce its water and energy consumption per capita. To this means, some proposed solutions were to have wide-spread awareness-raising campaigns to all people working and living in KAUST, and to improve control over air conditioning control systems.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectDevelopmenten
dc.subjectEnergyen
dc.subjectSustainabilityen
dc.subjectCarbon dioxideen
dc.subjectEmissionsen
dc.subjectWateren
dc.titleWater and Energy Consumption at King Abdullah University of Science and Technologyen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentPhysical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Divisionen
thesis.degree.grantorKing Abdullah University of Science and Technologyen_GB
dc.contributor.committeememberAmy, Gary L.en
dc.contributor.committeememberMissimer, Thomas M.en
thesis.degree.disciplineChemical and Biological Engineeringen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen
dc.person.id113249en
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