Insights

Should we sell water efficiency or water technology?

The global food and drinks industry worldwide uses about as much water each day as the total utility water supply for the Middle East and North Africa region combined. Although it is a hugely fragmented industry with literally millions of participants spread around the world, the largest companies consume as much water as small countries. The Coca-Cola Company, for example ...

Water’s lessons from the food and beverage industry

We are about to publish our Water for Food and Beverage report. After oil & gas and mining, the food and beverage industry is probably the third-strongest industrial water market. The report talks to the people who matter in the industry, and identifies the opportunities.

There are a number of reasons why the food and beverage sector is so buoyant at ...

Why don’t desalters put more effort into differentiation?

The desalination industry has suffered a double-dip recession. After new contracted capacity fell to a low of around 4 million m³/d in 2009, it recovered to 6 million m³/d in 2010, but early indications are that the market for new desal plants fell back to less than 4.5 million m³/d in 2011. Earlier this week, I ...

“Technology as a service” providers vs. flaming buses

Is “technology as a service” going to save the water industry? From a venture capital investor’s point of view, making the model work is essential to accelerating the uptake of new technology in the industry, but from a utility’s point of view, it is difficult to consider propositions which don’t fit the existing procurement model.

I was ...

Will there be a coup at Veolia next Wednesday?

This week, the French press has been alive with rumours that former Veolia boss Henri Proglio has been plotting with President Nicolas Sarkozy to replace the company’s current CEO Antoine Frérot with former environment minister Jean-Louis Borloo. It seems that Proglio, who is now CEO of EDF, does not like the way in which his legacy at Veolia ...

A brave new world of water

Most people in the water industry will probably not recognise the name Craig Venter, but I am very excited that we have been able to secure him to speak at the Global Water Summit in Rome on 30th April. He is not a retired statesman or a water industry leader. He is a geneticist. And then some. He is the ...