2015 was een goed jaar voor de Nederlandse watersector, met hernieuwd vertrouwen in de export, en vele internationale ontwikkelingen die voor de verdere groei van de sector ook positief stemmen. Zo stelde de VN voor het eerst een specifiek waterdoel vast (SDG6) en ook de ontwikkelingen naar aanleiding van het klimaatakkoord in Parijs zullen naar verwachting leiden tot de vraag om expertise op het gebied van klimaatadaptatie.

Export watersector
In 2015 is de export van de watersector met 3,9% gegroeid naar 7,8 miljard. 92% van bedrijven in de watersector ziet de toekomst met veel vertrouwen tegemoet. Met name op het gebied van afvalwater ziet men kansen, gevolgd door watervoorziening. Azië voert nog steeds de lijst aan als het gaat om exportkansen, gevolgd door Latijns Amerika, Afrika en het Midden-Oosten. Toch zien de bedrijven de meeste kansen in eigen land.


Figuur 1:
waterexport index grafiek

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in welke landen ziet de sector kansen?

Figuur 3:
omzet van de watersector in het buitenland

Bron: Water Export Index. Jaarlijks onderzoek door Panteia, onder begeleiding van NWP in opdracht van het programma Partners voor Water.

Top stories over de Nederlandse watersector op www.dutchwatersector.com

De Nederlandse watersector was in 2015 betrokken bij veel grote, spraakmakende projecten.  Op www.dutchwatersector.com verzorgt journalist Jac van Tuijn dagelijks actuele berichtgeving. Hier de ‘Top Stories’ over de Nederlandse sector op www.dutchwatersector.com

New Suez Canal project finished with record-breaking dredge production

On August 6th, the New Suez Canal is officially opened. Dutch minister of Infrastructure and Environment Mrs. Melanie Schultz van Haegen is heading a diverse, senior Dutch delegation to attend the inauguration of the New Suez Canal. The Netherlands is a proud contributor to the project with two Dutch dredging companies, Boskalis and Van Oord, working on site.

Ocean Cleanup announces world’s first floatable ocean cleanup installation near Tsushima island, Japan

Founder and CEO Boyan Slat of Ocean Cleanup signed an agreement with the mayor of the Japanese island Tsushima about the deployment of its first floatable installation to remove plastic waste from the sea.

South Korea joins Giant Sea Wall project to protect Jakarta, Indonesia

South Korea, the Netherlands and Indonesia signed a letter of intent for a study on a joint realisation of the National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD), also known as the ‘Giant Sea Wall’ project.

First of three Nereda wastewater treatment plants in Ireland took flow

Ireland’s first wastewater treatment plant using Royal HaskoningDHV’s Nereda technology is now in operation. Main contractor, Irish water techology company EPS Group, recently took flow to the new 20,500 population equivalent wastewater treatment plant at Clonakilty.

Stockholm world water week: Let’s accelerate WASH, let’s do it differently

Dutch aid organisations that collaborate in the WASH Alliance International, announced at the Stockholm World Water Week to step up and accelerate the pace with which they realize new water supply and sanitation facilities in less developing countries.

World’s biggest man-made wave rolls down Delta Flume during inauguration

Research institute Deltares inaugurated its new wave generating facility Delta Flume in Delft, the Netherlands, on 5 October.

The flume can unleash the world’s biggest artificial waves that crash onto whatever type of flood defence system researchers have built at the other end, ranging from a dike, to a dune and a breakwater.

PUB selects PWNT ceramic membrane technology to upgrade Choa Chu Kang water works, Singapore

Singapore water utility PUB has selected CeraMac membrane technology of PWN Technologies to upgrade part of its water treatment plant Choa Chu Kang later this year.

This full-scale plant comes after a rigorous 18-month trial of PWNT’s CeraMac demonstration plant to validate the efficiency and reliability of its ceramic membranes in water treatment.

WWF7: Buzzing Dutch delegation very active at World Water Forum in Korea

The world’s biggest water event came to an end on 17 April with the closing ceremony of the 7th World Water Forum in Daegu, Korea. The event was attended by 40,000 politicians, political leaders, government officials and experts from 170 countries.

COP 21: Netherlands grants 50 million euro to help civil societies in disaster prone areas

The Dutch government signed an agreement to prologue the government’s strategic partnership with five Dutch agencies working to build community resilience in disaster-prone developing countries.

The Dutch government grants 50 million euro for Partners for Resilience to continue its work in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mali, Philippines, South Sudan and Uganda. The signing ceremony took place in the Dutch pavilion at the climate summit COP21 in Paris, France on 2 December.

AIWW Aquatech: Circular economy around the corner at Amsterdam International Water Week

Cyprus and Singapore already have an almost closed water cycle. Local circumstances forced these small states to start reusing their fresh water. Will the world follow? Will the water sector join the movement from a linear economy to a circular one? This question dominated the third edition of the Amsterdam International Water Week that took place from 2 to 6 November in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.