Environment & Water


Water-overview.jpgGlobal environment management markets are passing through an exciting phase of consolidation and innovation-led investments, both in the water and waste sectors, characterized by the dual forces of aging infrastructure in developed markets and the need for urgent investment in developing markets.  The growing need to bridge the sizeable gap in terms of water and waste management services, with efficiency being a primary pain point,  is ready to set to shape future of these markets.

Frost & Sullivan's Environment and Water Program Area focuses on analyzing growth prospects for its clients both in brownfield and greenfield market segments across key verticals of technology, solutions and services. The key focus areas of research and analysis are:

  • Water Utilities and Smart Solutions
  • Industrial Water Services
  • Waste to Value
  • Innovative technologies and business models
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Meet the Team

fredrick_royan.jpgFredrick Royan

Vice President of Research

Sasidhar_Chidanamarri.jpgSasidhar Chidanamarri

Associate Director

melvin_leong.jpgMelvin Leong

Research Manager

seth_cutler.jpgSeth Cutler

Industry Consultant

K-D.jpgKarsten Deubel


Expertise Areas

Frost & Sullivan's expertise in Environment & Water research and consulting includes work in the following dynamic areas:

Water Utilities and Smart Solutions

Water-Utilities-and-Smart-Solutions.pngSmart Water and smart metering will extend into pumping stations, municipal water, and wastewater treatment infrastructure.


Desalination.pngTechnology and service opportunities will grow in thermal and membrane based desalination plant markets as the world seeks new fresh water options.

Industrial Water Services

Industrial-Water-Services.pngWater intensive and water critical industrial sectors will include power generation, oil& gas, mining, food & beverage, pulp & paper, petrochemicals, textiles and tanneries, pharmaceuticals, and semi-conductors.

Innovative Technologies & Business Models

Innovative-Technologies-Business-Models.pngInnovation in key solution segments will center around membranes, clarification, media filtration, aerobic and anaerobic biological solutions, disinfection and sludge treatment. Innovative business models of 'X'- as a service (XaaS) will be increasingly important as environment and water markets strive to strike the balance between profit and regulations.

Waste to Value

Waste-to-Value.pngRecycling and resource recovery opportunities will be central across several segments including municipal household waste, commercial waste, industrial waste, hazardous waste, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), Construction & Demolition (C&D) and Waste to Energy (WtE).

Other Niche Areas

Changing-Business-Models.pngOther niche areas of coverage such as  Mobile Water Treatment Services, Packaged Treatment Plants, Ballast Water Treatment in Ships, Residential and Commercial Water Treatment and Industrial Air Filtration.

Research and Current Insights

Corporations and governments are increasing their awareness and activity around mitigating environmental issues, trying to find ways to ensure clean air and water while still growing businesses and economies.  New technical solutions can help reduce usage and wastes through smart Water and smart metering for example, which  will extend into pumping stations, municipal water, and wastewater treatment infrastructure. Recycling and resource recovery opportunities will be central across several segments as well to help create a stronger business case beyond regulatory compliance.  And new opportunities around growing freshwater demand and concerns will help drive markets such as desalination and fracking water remediation.

Frost & Sullivan’s Environment and Water program area includes  environmental and water technologies & services, both municipal and industrial, as well as  waste to energy and recycling.

Environment & Water Research

European Hazardous Waste Management Services Market

This research service covers the European hazardous waste management services market that is likely to generate a revenue of $10.54 billion in 2016 and is expected to register a compound annual growth rate of 2.6% from 2016 to 2021. The study contains segmentation breakdown by treatment methods,…

Opportunity Analysis of the Water Value Chain

The African continent faces a growing battle for achieving adequate and safe access to power and potable water. Without addressing the need for power and water, Africa will not achieve its true growth potential as the world s last growth frontier . Macro-economic forces such as climate change,…

Money Down the Drain

The African continent faces a growing battle for achieving adequate and safe access to power and potable water. Without addressing the need for power and water, Africa will not achieve its true growth potential as the world s last growth frontier . Macro-economic forces such as climate change,…

Emerging Water Technology Companies in Southeast Asia

Globally, start-ups are making waves in the water industry, especially in the US and Europe. In Asia-Pacific, competition among the water start-ups is intense too, especially in more developed economies, namely Singapore and Australia. In Southeast Asia, Singapore is a thriving center of innovation…

UK Retail Water Services Market

In the current scenario of the UK retail water market, all non-household customers in Scotland can choose their retail water service provider, whereas in England and Wales, only non-household customers using 5 million litres a year or more can choose their service provider. In April 2017, the…

Global Smart Water Meter Market

Water is an increasingly valuable global resource, making improving usage efficiency a key goal. Smart water meters are part of this drive, enabling utilities to minimise leakage and theft and ensure sustainable access for all. Smart water meters form a key component of the smart water grid,…

Water Startups: Gain Ground or Drown

In current business environment, the term 'startup' is overused and overrated, to say the least. This is stemmed from blurry and varied definitions of 'startups'. However, startups share a common attribute; the quest to grow and scale unprecedentedly with unique products or service propositions.

United States Residential Water Softener Solutions Market

Market growth, technologies, and leading competitors are stable in the US water softener solutions market. As a result, growth opportunities await those that deploy strategies to outcompete in customer attractiveness and distribution channels. This research leverages secondary data intelligence and…

Impact of Urbanization on Waste Management in Southeast Asia

Asia-Pacific (APAC) is expected to be an emerging region with double-digit annual growth in the waste management (WM) market through 2020. While most developing countries in APAC have underdeveloped WM structure, market potential is high because of growing waste volumes, increasing waste complexity,…

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Growth Consulting

environment-water2.jpgThe energy and environment industry, once staid and steady, has seen new and rapid changes across the market’s varied and increasingly diverse sectors. Renewable energy has now become a significant portion of the world’s energy production, natural gas has found multiple adherents and controversies with the expansion of the market through fracking, and services to the industry are evolving to leverage the huge influx of information through the Internet of Things and related data analytics solutions. Energy storage will continue to be a growth market while, further in the future, water and waste water are likely to be pivotal concerns and opportunities for both emerging and existing economies.

We work closely with the world’s largest OEMs, utilities, service providers and IT firms to help them find the opportunities in this sea of change. Tailored, customized solutions provide clients with the best strategies for growth, supported by the right key data points researched to meet the client’s needs and the specific engagement. Key projects have included helping clients expand their businesses into new geographies, with new customer groups and by developing new solutions. We can provide services at any point in the business strategy cycle: from ideation to implementation, data collection to strategy creation, voice of customer insights to marketing services.

Frost & Sullivan's team can support your organization on each of the following areas:

  • Geographic Expansion
  • Ideation and Mega Trend Growth Workshops
  • Voice of Customer and Customer Strategies
  • Brand and Demand Marketing Outreach and Solutions
  • New Product Launch
  • Presenting Thought Leadership and conducting strategy workshops at your yearly business planning or customer events
  • Sourcing and supply chain development and market analysis.

Project Examples

  • Supply chain strategy for major utilities, to enable them to better plan budgets and negotiate supplier contracts
  • Voice of customer with power plant owners/operators to help an OEM develop new service solutions
  • Brand and demand suite of services to enable major international conglomerates to target new services to selected verticals
  • Full analysis of the value chain for fuel cells, generators, steam turbines, gas turbines, wind turbines and solar power to ascertain environmental practices and areas of corporate social responsibility, for a major global standards firm in order to develop a long term global expansion strategy in the energy industry
  • Go to market strategies for deploying new and innovative solutions in digital oil fields



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environment-water3.jpgWe specialize in running growth workshops with our clients which help us take a cross functional team of our client, within span of a day from information to implementation.

Preparation of the workshop includes:

  • Identify key project stakeholders
  • Align on workshop agenda, objectives and activities
  • Conduct stakeholder interviews/surveys

The workshop itself includes the following:

  • Share relevant research findings and stakeholder interviews
  • Hold an ideation and filtration phase to identify the universe of opportunities, then quickly determine those with best fit based on internal and external forces
  • Conduct an interactive and thorough rating and ranking process to further identify the top one to three go-to-market solutions
  • Prioritize implementation plans and assign owners for next steps

Post-workshop activities include:

  • Compile findings and next steps from workshop
  • Recommend action steps/follow-on work

Additional services: Provide implementation, integration, and marketing solutions to support strategic outcomes of the project.


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