Europe's water sector has potential for real growth - Report

Research and Markets has announced the addition of Water Market Europe: Opportunities in EU Accession, the Framework Directive & the CIS to its offering, noting that Europe's water sector has stronger fundamentals than any other regional water market. The combination of high tariffs, increased regulatory standards and generous EU funding gives it a solid foundation for growth over the next decade...

DUBLIN, Ireland, Sept. 1, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of Water Market Europe: Opportunities in EU Accession, the Framework Directive & the CIS to its offering.

Europe's water sector has stronger fundamentals than any other regional water market. The combination of high tariffs, increased regulatory standards and generous EU funding gives it a solid foundation for growth over the next decade.

Water Market Europe investigates the size, structure and potential of the water and wastewater sector in 45 countries across Europe and the former Soviet Union. It is an essential reference work for anyone planning corporate strategy in the region over the decade until 2015.

The European municipal water and wastewater sector (including the Community of Independent States) looks set to attract total investment of EUR 356 billion [US$444.7 billion] in the decade 2006-2015. The majority of this -- EUR 219 billion [US$273.5 billion] -- will be directed towards the wastewater sector. The main driver of this expenditure is the enforcement of higher environmental standards by the EU. The drinking water side of the business will attract investment of EUR 137 billion [US$171.1 billion]. This rising investment need will drive structural change across the continent, creating significant opportunities for private businesses in the water and wastewater sector.

This makes Europe the most valuable market in the world in terms of capital expenditure on water and wastewater. In per capita terms, the expected investment in the European water sector over the next decade is EUR 437 [US$546]. The equivalent figure for the United States would be EUR 379 [US$473] per head (assuming half the EPA's 2025 target of $276.8 billion is spent over the next decade). Per capita water sector investment in the Middle East and North Africa region is EUR 234 [US$292].

The report has answers to the following key questions:
-- Which markets are growing fastest?
-- Which are the richest markets in terms of capital expenditure?
-- How can one make the most of the implementation of the Water Framework Directive?
-- What opportunities are being thrown up by the liberalisation of the watersector?
-- Are the oil economies of the former Soviet Union ready for development?

For more information visit: www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c23555.

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