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The Global Financial Crisis could fix water for good

Nearly ten years after it first hit us, we are still feeling the impact of the global financial crisis in unexpected ways. This thought was prompted by our new report, Financing Water to 2030, which we will be publishing later today. It is a monumental work with nearly 1,000 slides and four datasets, but it has a simple thesis. It is that we are at an inflection point...

Will water become the world’s biggest battery?

I spent this afternoon at the Louvre Abu Dhabi with Department of Energy chairman Awaidha Al Marar and Environment Agency boss Razan Al Mubarak. The location had nothing to do with the conversation, although the futuristic setting of the gallery reinforced the feeling that tomorrow has already started to happen in some parts of the world.

The specific future that Abu...

Is wastewater on the verge of a golden decade?

Spending on drinking water infrastructure tends to grow incrementally. Wastewater has always had a tipping point. It starts off as somebody else’s problem – an ugly by-product of urbanisation and industrialisation – but steadily it becomes everyone’s problem, and governments are forced to act. In London, the tipping point was the Great Stink of...

A water summit with a difference

This week I was at the annual London water conference run by Rethink Events. There was a subtle difference this year – the word “Investment” had been substituted by “Innovation”, transforming the event into the World Water-Tech Innovation Summit.

The presence of a broad range of companies offering emerging technologies – ranging from...

Do twelve figures in Paris spell growth for water?

It looks to me that we could be seeing more than $100 billion of opportunities presented at this year’s Global Water Summit. It is a big number. I don’t think that it has ever been so big before. It makes me wonder whether we have been too pessimistic about the future of this industry in our forecasting, as it seems there is so much growth ahead of us.

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Putting the water sector into the blender

Will blended finance become the biggest driver of change in the global water sector over the next decade? That seems like a bold question to ask about something which at this stage is little more than an obscure H-Street cult, but hear me out.

The global water crisis is not universal. It is concentrated in those parts of the world where those responsible for delivering...