Welcome to Winter 2022

Where did the last year – perhaps even the last two years – go? We all have certainly faced many challenges, but through it all, we have stood together, learning, adapting, and emerging stronger and wiser. And as some hopeful signs point to a loosening of COVID’s grip, we see renewed hope that we will soon begin a return to “normal” – whatever that “new normal” may be.

One of the most inspiring insights that I have gained is that we, as an industry, will be ready for whatever the future may hold, buoyed by our resolve and resilience, our forward-looking orientation, and a renewed appreciation of the valued work that our industry undertakes every day.

To that end, the Winter issue of amane currents takes a look at developments and changes that have affected many parts of our industry. But importantly, it also looks forward by exploring issues and opportunities that are shaping our future.

One of those topics is achieving “net-zero” in the water industry by 2050, which Geoff Gage, Dorothée Chabredier and Alisha Krishnan address in the article, “Achieving Net-Zero: What is the water industry impact?” The US Environmental Protection Agency defines net-zero as being “all about conserving water, reducing energy use, and eliminating solid waste to improve the environment, save money, and help communities become more sustainable and resilient.” This perceptive piece delves into this theme and kicks off our continued coverage of this topic throughout 2022.

Bastien Simeon and Julian Sebag dive into the topic of green financing, where investment and lending organizations consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects as part of the screening criteria. This informative article includes a discussion of green loan principles and explores an increasing global shift towards a system whereby financial and social returns are complementary and help ensure a sustainable future.

Mairead Helmes’ article “Renewable Natural Gas: Powering the future with waste” explores another timely subject with a discussion of a shift in priority from investment in solar and wind to bioenergy (RNG), to help meet the COP26 goal and realize net-zero energy by 2050. Among other things, this piece discusses the abundant waste options to fuel growth, as biogas can be produced from multiple feedstocks of waste, including landfills, livestock, and water resource recovery facilities.

In this issue, we also tap into the wealth of knowledge possessed by members of Amane’s highly respected Expert Network around the world, soliciting their views on the greatest challenges and also the most exciting opportunities for the water industry in 2022. We hope to continue this feature in future issues and encourage you to pose a question to our experts on any topic related to water.

Thank you as always for your continued support. We wish you good health, happiness and success throughout this year.

All the best,

Thierry Noel

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