School of Chemical Engineering

The Water-Energy-Carbon Group conducts research on water, energy and carbon (greenhouse gases) flows through our society at various scales – technology, household, suburb, utility, industry, city, region, production systems and economy. We contribute to the design of more efficient cities and systems through metabolic analysis and benchmarking to inform policy.

We measure and model how settlements and systems consume water and energy, the inter-connections (nexus) between them, and the influence on costs, greenhouse gases (GHG) and environmental footprints. This helps us understand system efficiency and susceptibility to resource depletion in light of future pressures such as population growth and climate change. Some of our research also extends into the resource efficiency and environmental impacts of production systems, such as food supply chains and bio-production.

The group is particularly interested how water use influences energy use (and GHG) and vis versa. By studying water and energy together we can guide water and energy efficiency planning, strategy, and policy to avoid unintended burden-shifting.

The tools the group uses and builds include material flow analysis (MFA), water balance analysis, urban metabolism, environmental life cycle assessment (LCA), environmentally-extended input-output (IO) analysis, and spatially-linked data analysis (GIS).

Team Location

Rooms S318 and S320, Level 3
Hawken Engineering Building (50)
The University of Queensland

Group Leader:

Dr Steven Kenway
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Postal Address

School of Chemical Engineering
Building 50, Hawken Engineering Building
Staff House Road
The University of Queensland
St Lucia QLD 4072 Australia.

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Group Leader Biography

Dr Steven Kenway is an Australian Research Fellow and Research Group Leader, Water-Energy-Carbon at The University of Queensland, Brisbane. He has 24 years’ experience focussing on the urban water cycle and urban metabolism. He specialises in energy and greenhouse gas emissions of urban water, and environmental analysis, management and reporting of urban water.

Steven was awarded the 2010-11 Australian Fulbright Scholarship to study water-related energy at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (UC Berkeley), and Eawag (ETH Zurich). Steven has led diverse national and international projects in his past roles at CSIRO (Future Cities), Brisbane Water (Environment Manager), Sydney Water, and Kellogg Brown and Root (Senior Consultant). He contributed to the formation and leadership of the SEQ Urban Water Security Research Alliance.

Steven is the International Water Association (IWA) task-force leader for water-energy frameworks, a Steering Committee member for IWA Cities of the Future, and a Management Board member of the IWA Specialist Group for Sustainable Water management. He currently leads a research program of the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities. Steven has authored over 125 research articles.