Insights

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...

The silver lining in the cloud over municipal debt

Twenty-seven months on, the financial crisis has finally reached the municipal sector. Istanbul’s credit rating has been reduced to junk, Naples is just one notch above, while Florence, Madrid and Barcelona have been put on negative ratings watch. Meanwhile, yields on US municipal bonds have risen by 80 basis points in seven weeks.

It is always difficult to...

Is there a feasible model for selling Dubai’s utilities?

In the UAE last week, much of the business speculation centred around rumours over the future of Emirates, the jewel in the crown of Dubai’s economic boom.

It was not so much of a surprise, then, to see the airline named on the list of assets being considered for sale by the government in Dubai as it looks to rake back the billions of dollars worth of debts that...

Is water technology investing strictly for insiders?

I have been putting together a list of all the water technology investment deals that have taken place over the past two years for our new Water Market USA report (published later this month). It is interesting to see how the reality of water technology investment matches up to expectations.

From where we are sitting, technology investment seems to be one of the fastest...