Insights

Is thermal desalination greener than it looks?

Doosan’s $124 million deal to build a 68,000m³/d multiple effect distillation plant for the Saline Water Conversion Corporation in Saudi Arabia seems to be a big vote in favour of thermal desalination.

On the face of things, the outlook for thermal does not look good. With the oil price back above $100 per barrel, the economics of thermal desalination start to...

When will China start to crack the global market?

To date, the rise of China has had virtually no impact on the international water market. Few significant contracts have been won by Chinese companies, and Chinese brands are not making headway against international brands in any significant technology areas. There are some exceptions. Beijing Sound has had some success in the Middle East, and ROPV could be said to be...

From the Editor

California has long been a beacon to the world for all the latest trends, with everything from yogis to Star Wars to iPhones.

It has also been one of the historical forefronts for water. In the discussion of North versus South, farmer versus environmentalist, business versus consumer, it is easy to lose faith that Californians believe access to clean, safe water...

Can number-crunching NGOs make a living from water?

Corporate water users are being assailed by a multiplicity of organisations wishing to tell them how to be green with the water they use. There is the Water Footprint Network, the Alliance for Water Stewardship, the Carbon Disclosure Project’s Water Disclosure initiative, the UN CEO Water Mandate, the Centre for Sustainable Organisation’s Corporate Water...

When I hear the word stakeholder I reach for my gun

The water – food – energy nexus has emerged as one of the major themes of the World Economic Forum in Davos this week. With food and energy prices both rebounding towards 2007 levels, it is easy to understand why: the world can’t produce more food and more energy without more water.

It is one thing for an event like Davos to highlight such issues. It...

Either pay for water or queue at the depot

A piece of Jeddah life came to Belfast over the New Year, but it wasn’t the scents and colours of the old town bazaar or the call of the muezzins as the sun sets over the Red Sea. It was the joys of queuing at the water depot to make it through a seasonal deficiency in piped water supply.

On the face of it, the cause of the supply difficulties that the two cities...