The World Economic Forum has, every year for the past five years, placed water among the top five risks to society and the global economy. As a commodity, water is irreplaceable and yet it is also infinitely renewable, which means that for as long as we need to drink clean water and clean dirty water, there will be opportunities worldwide for water technology and innovation.
The water industry is notoriously conservative, and yet owing to its truly global nature has been a relatively rapid taker-up of new solutions to meet increasingly stringent legislation and cost constraints as well as emerging challenges, such as new man-made chemicals.
The key to launching new technologies in the water sector is collaboration between the providers of those technologies, the end users, and the regulators. Using collaborative platforms, over 200 new technologies have been brought to market all over the world in the past ten years, with pre-screened technologies being presented to approximately 150 technology seekers.
How the technologies are sourced and screened, the nature of the information presented, and what happens after the introduction will form the central theme of this presentation.