Water infrastructure around the world is riddled with inefficiency. Nearly 20% of water is lost in developed countries through leaks, theft or mismanagement, and this figure can rise to 75% in developing countries. Globally this represents nearly $14 billion per year in lost revenues, according to the World Bank. In a context of increasing need (OECD figures project that demand for water will grow by 55% by 2050) and a growing population (the wold population is expected to top 9 billion by 2050), it is becoming ever more crucial to find ways to reduce these losses and increase efficiencies in the system.
The water sector is often heavily regulated, with many utilities slow to change their practices, and the potential of many of today’s smart technologies has barely been tapped. The Path to Water Innovation Discussion Paper, a recent Stanford-led report, explored how innovation in the water sector can be accelerated through a revision of pricing policies, regulatory frameworks and financing.
The water market is changing and smart technologies are enabling that change. Join us at Smart Future: Water, a Cleantech Investor Breakfast Briefing sponsored by Marks & Clerk, 4th February 2015, to hear from expert investors and operators in the smart water market, as well as from companies at the cutting edge of innovation in the sector. Themes to be discussed at the event will include:
- Drivers, risks and opportunities within the smart water market
- Investor perspectives on smart water
- The role and impact of real-time monitoring within the water sector
- Water quality forecasting and management technologies
- Technologies and innovation for water consumption and control
Expert speakers will include Laurie Reynolds of Aquamatix, Henri Lambert from Aspara Capital, Chris Shelley of Sentec, Lutz Johnen of Aquality and Robert Sharp of Valuation Consulting.
The 6th Rushlight Show takes place on Thursday 29 January 2015 at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London. The event, sponsored by the Isle of Man Dept of Economic Development and by DECC, incorporates the following:
An Exhibition of the latest innovations in cleantech, including a number of entrants of the Rushlight Awards.
The Funding Cleantech Conference, which covers all aspects of funding both companies and projects and includes the opportunity for delegates to present their funding requests to expert panels of active cleantech investors and project financiers.
The Resource Reuse Conference, in association with LCRN, which this year will focus on the development of reuse and activities in that area, with direct input from local authorities, waste operators, government departments, community schemes and investors.
The Sustainable Solutions Market Panel, where cleantech companies can present their products and services directly to a panel of leading sustainability and procurement representatives from corporate UK who are seeking to further their supply chain sustainability and resilience, including Nestle, Tesco, The Commercial Group and BAA Heathrow.
Isle of Man breakfast seminar on offshore renewables and eco-island opportunities, giving an update on the process to engage with the first round offshore wind and marine energy winners, providing the very latest position on the next rounds, and setting out the process fors the conversion of the island to an eco-island and the business opportunities that will provide.
Julie Hill, Green Alliance and Chair of WRAP
Ian Ellerington, Head of Innovation Delivery, DECC
Inder Poonaji, Head of Sustainability, Nestle
David Ferroussat, Head of Infrastructure Procurement, BAA Heathrow
Wayne Hubbard, COO, London Waste and Recycling Board
Mike Pitts, Lead Specialist Sustainability, Innovate UK
Paul Capell, Director EIDC and Non-Exec Chair Aquamarine Power and Green Highland Renewables
Amit Rama, VP Transaction Team, Green Investment Bank
James Pitcher, Head of Energy & Environment, Tesco
Peter Scholes, LRS Consultancy and former Managing Director, Urban Mines
Other organisations involved in the programme include the Carbon Trust, PNO Consultants, Powervault, PERA, FCC Environment, Viridor, Greencoat Capital, Sustainable Technology Investors, Turquoise Corporate Finance, First Mile Recycling, CIWM, GM Ventures, The Restart Project, LCRN and London Reuse Network.
13 January 2014
The 2015 Ashden Awards longlist has been selected. The list includes 52 green energy organisations and programmes from 16 countries. Organisations in the running include:
UK Ashden Awards longlist
Beat the Cold, Cherwell District Council/BioRegional, Climate Energy Homes, Demand Logic, Ellergreen Hydro, Enistic, The Green Valleys/TGV Hydro, London Borough of Islington, Low Carbon Hub, Manchester Art Gallery, Max Fordham, Moixa Technology, Open Energi, Severn Wye Energy Agency, Q-Bot.
According to the organisers, the search this year was for solutions to energy storage and demand management, organisations demonstrating achievement in tackling fuel poverty and generating local, renewable energy.
Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel longlist
BikeRight!, Les Bôites a Vélo, Loco2, Province of West Flanders, Mountain Wilderness, Reading Buses, Tapazz, University of Exeter, Visit Isle of Wight, Yomp.
International Ashden Awards longlist
Longlisted applicants for the International Ashden Awards, from Central America, Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia, are using sustainable energy to improve health, raise incomes, improve the lives of women and girls and provide attractive, low-carbon living and working spaces. They include:
Access Energy, Bright Green Energy Foundation, BURN Manufacturing, BBOXX, Claro Energy, Greenlight Planet, Enertiva, Enzen Global Solutions, First Energy, Inspiration, Gham Power, Jibu, Karan Grover and Associates, Kenya National Farmers’ Federation, LEAD Consultancy and Engineering Services India, Mahindra Lifespaces, ONergy, Sarhad, Rural Support Programme, Sociedad Hipotecaria Federal (EcoCasa), Solarkiosk, Solar Sister, SUNBEST, SunTransfer, Vo Tring Nghia Co.
The shortlists for each Award category will be announced in March, with Awards to be presented at a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 11 June. Winners will receive a financial award of between £10,000 and £40,000.
The 2014 Annual Performance Report for the China CleanTech Index is now available - please click here to download the report.
The China CleanTech Index recorded a 5.1% gain over the month of December, a 10.4% gain over the final quarter of 2014 and an 18.8% gain over the full year of 2014 - outperforming all of its benchmarks except for the Shanghai Composite.