Strategies for water and renewables


The water and wastewater industry is a conundrum.  It is fundamental to the world's most urgent challenges - climate change, economic development, health, food and energy production and social justice - and yet is a notoriously conservative, slow moving business.  It regularly attracts the most apocalyptic prognoses - for availability, access and conflict, yet these most pressing problems have readily available solutions.    It is an industry increasingly turning to the practices and technologies of centuries past to secure its future.   It fascinates and frustrates in equal measure those who work in it.

Aquastrat was formed out of that frustration and fascination, to help clients think through, anticipate and solve the challenges in the industry.  Because the strengthening water-energy nexus is so much a part of these challenges, we have developed expertise in renewable energy, and work also in that sector.

Click on the "Market Insights" pages on this site to read some of our thinking on trends in the water and renewables sectors.  Some reflections on broader management issues are in "How we think about Business".  "News"  covers thoughts on recent events and our own activities.


News and featured Market Insights

US and China; a zero sum water challenge?

5th February 2015, 10:19

An article I penned a few years back talked about water scarcity and pollution being a constraint on Chinese economic gowth and even political stability. While nothing's happened since then to alter that view, one looming event in the west has made me think that China may not be alone in facing this threat, and that water stresses in any country can have implications way beyond its frontiers.

SUDS, floods and froth

5th December 2014, 09:21

Hard to take the Government's determination to address flood risk seriously. Leaving aside the questions of whether the £2.3bn package announced in the autumn statement is anything like enough, or what's being done for maintenance of exisiting schemes, is it consistent with the backtracking on Sustainable Urban Drainage?

Moving the Goalposts

4th November 2014, 11:03

So, as previous articles have suggested, there may be little interest among  C&I customers in taking advantage of an open water market, and incumbent WaSCs have two years to implement an effective defence strategy. If it all turns out to be a non-event  (except possibly in the South East), how might the Government and OFWAT react?