Insights

Will GE Water save Suez from impatient investors?

This year’s results season has not been pretty for the major European water operators. Veolia saw its water revenues dip from €11.4 billion to €11.1 billion. Suez’s European water revenues edged down from €4.8 billion to €4.7 billion, and FCC Aqualia’s dropped 2.3% to €1.0 billion. Suez’s International division –...

Will China rescue water tech as it falls?

I was in Shanghai last week to join Poten Environment in ringing the bell to open trading on the day of the Chinese industrial water treatment specialist’s initial public offering. It was a very Chinese event, but at the same time one which is a symptom of a global trend which is affecting the value of water businesses.

Within three seconds of the market opening,...

How corruption works in the water industry

With the Odebrecht scandal continuing to spread across Latin America, it is time for the water industry to stop and think a bit about corruption. Odebrecht was a big player in the Brazilian water industry, serving 17 million people with water and wastewater services, and as details of the parent company’s corruption machine come out in the legal process, it raises...

Banishing the black swans in Madrid

We have had four presidents, one vice president, six Nobel Peace Prize winners, one mad scientist, and one queen. This year, however, the guest speaker whom we have invited to the Global Water Awards is someone whose main contribution to humanity is to have coined a phrase. He is a Lebanese American whose career has bounced between trading on the financial markets,...

Where will the water-energy nexus go in 2017?

Oil matters in two big ways and numerous little ways to the international water business. First, it matters directly because the oil industry is a big producer and consumer of water, and it has specialist treatment needs which are a lucrative niche for many water technology companies. Second, it matters indirectly because some of the biggest oil reserves are in regions...

Eight and a half things I learned in Miami

I have been in Miami this week for our American Water Summit. The event came at a critical time for development in the US water market – here are some of the key points raised by the speakers and delegates.

1) The barriers between the public sector and private sector are coming down. The event attracted the best showing we have ever had from public sector utility...