Sustainable Growth: Taking a Deep Dive into Water

Inadequate and poor quality water could impede growth especially given competing water demands from agriculture, energy and industry.

A Global Markets Institute report published May 8, 2013 highlights issues such as the critical role of water in energy production—particularly in shale gas extraction, where inadequate water supplies could constrain development; and increasing “virtual water” trade to meet changing dietary demands. Many water-scarce countries have adopted strategies to mitigate water risk, including desalination and wastewater treatment. The private sector increasingly recognizes the impact of water risks on their businesses.