As climate change intensifies, cost of capital continues to rise, supply chains recalibrate, and energy prices remain volatile, water markets and companies are being forced to adjust their strategies to meet new global challenges. Revenue shortfalls and infrastructure investment gaps continue to plague urban utilities whose customer bases are dwindling, while targeted greenfield investment in underserved markets such as Africa have experienced a slight uptick. Underlining these trends are ongoing challenges related to water scarcity, which are top of mind for both governments and water companies rushing to implement additional funding, technical expertise, and stop-gap measures to address ongoing water scarcity, globally.
As municipalities, regulators, and vendors coexist globally in both emerging and mature markets, Bluefield’s team of water experts tracks changes in business strategies, technology adoptions, infrastructure investments, and policies to measure the implications for global market outlooks and forecasts.
In this Quarterly Review:
- Veolia moves to offload water assets in France and Italy
- Interest in wastewater reuse grows as Europe braces for drought
- Africa receives foreign investment with SUEZ