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Four reasons to be jealous of German water tech

I was in Munich this week for IFAT, the awesome German environmental trade show. It is difficult, as a non-German, to visit without a tinge of jealousy. The stands were heaving with rich German customers spending money in a way not seen elsewhere in Europe or North America. It seems to me that the German water technology sector is enjoying ...

Ten things I learned at the Global Water Summit

 

1) Synthetic genomics will change the world and the water sector. Nature can do things much more efficiently than machines, and we now have the technology to design nature in the same way we design machines. Craig Venter – who in 2010 announced that he had created the first synthetic life form – outlined the promise of this new industry. I am ...

Is disaggregation the future for private water?

There is an interesting analysis of Chicago’s proposed Infrastructure Trust in this month’s American Water Intelligence. The trust – which was given the go-ahead by the Chicago City Council earlier this week – will raise money from private equity investors to invest in public infrastructure for the city. It probably won’t be used to finance water infrastructure initially, but ...

Is killing 4,000 babies a day good customer service?

This month’s American Water Intelligence carries an analysis comparing the growth rate of US GDP and capital expenditure on water and wastewater infrastructure by municipal utilites. It shows that over the past two decades, the economy as a whole has grown more quickly than public investment in water.It is not the sort of thing you want to read ...

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 ...