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

Asia-Pacific Energy and Environment Industry Outlook, 2017

This outlook study provides an overall update on the Asia-Pacific energy and environment markets in 2017, covering eight broad industries namely oil and gas, power generation, distributed energy, grids, energy storage, critical power, homes and buildings, and environment and water. Research into…

European Waste to Energy (WTE) Plant Market, Forecast to 2020

Europe has traditionally been the major market for Waste to Energy technologies. It has always seen a strong and steady growth of Waste to Energy treatment capacities for the last ten years. Circular Economy and EU legislation are the two major factors that have been triggering the market. Although…

North American Water and Wastewater Networks Market, Forecast to 2021

The North American water and wastewater networks market will see strong growth through 2021, primarily driven because of aging infrastructure and replacement needs, compounded by its extensive size. The market is divided into 7 main segments: pumps, automation and ICT, analytics and software,…

North American Municipal Wastewater Treatment Odor Control Market, Forecast to 2021

Muted growth, with select opportunities, is expected for the North American municipal wastewater odor control market through 2021. Growing populations and urban sprawl form the major market driver, especially in warmer climates. The market s range of technologies and solutions provide a flexible…

Evolving Business Models for Water Utilities in Southeast Asia

In Southeast Asia (SEA), 5 major challenges are identified in water utility sectors, comprising environmental and social challenges, high percentage of non-revenue water (NRW), underdeveloped water utility infrastructure, growing expenditure on water utility, and lack of investments. The new…

North American Municipal Water and Wastewater Outsourcing Market, Forecast to 2021

The North American Municipal Water and Wastewater Outsourcing Market enjoys steady growth, but its main barrier is public aversion to the privatization of water services. Water services have a strong history of public ownership and union jobs. However, the increasing strain of infrastructure…

Global Waste Recycling Market Outlook, 2017

This outlook study provides an overall update on the global waste recycling market in 2017, covering the municipal solid waste, industrial non-hazardous waste, waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), and construction and demolition (C&D) waste. It predicts that the global market…

Industrial Water and Wastewater Treatment Market in Southeast Asia, Forecast for 2020

The Southeast Asian total industrial water and wastewater treatment (WWT) market is considered to be at the growth stage, with varied development stage across countries in the region. Cumulatively, the total industrial WWT market is forecast to grow below 10% CAGR from 2015 to 2020. By 2020, the…

Water and Wastewater Management for the Australian Manufacturing Sector

This market insight discusses water and wastewater management for the Australian manufacturing sector. It looks at the overall size and growth rate of the market and discusses key drivers and restraints. In addition, the insight provides segmentation breakdowns, which include equipment, chemicals…

Opportunity Assessment of Saudi Arabian Market for Environmental Services, 2015

The environmental services market in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is expected to grow at a healthy Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 12.9% till 2020. In this market, the environmental consulting services segment was the largest revenue generator in 2015. While the market faced constraints…

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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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