Half glass investment in Water Scarcity

  • 04.09.2022
  • Tech Smart

The nearly 2,000 water specialists meeting in Stockholm this week have reason to feel aggrieved. Many of those attending World Water Week in the Swedish capital – non-governmental organisations, diplomats, service providers and large multinational companies – have been warning for years that climate change will lead to water shortages and catastrophic flooding. With large parts of Europe, China and America shriveled and parched this summer – in many cases barely a year after being hit by floods – there were many faces of despondency, but also a grim determination to remind people of existing solutions and find new ones. . The problem is that, after years of disregard and a chronic shortage of funds, the glass of investment in the water crisis is not even half full.

On average, countries spend just 0.5% of GDP on water-related issues, according to the World Bank’s global director for water, Saroj Kumar Jha. Meanwhile, climate tech financiers treat this resource like an unwanted stepchild: One investor mentioned that, while more than $50 billion was invested last year in startups focused on renewable energy, emissions reductions and Similarly, water technology only received about 400 million dollars, although this figure is beginning to increase.

Companies are also going a step further, especially those related to agriculture, which globally accounts for more than 70% of all freshwater use. The water and climate-focused 100+ accelerator, created by AB InBev together with Coca-Cola, Colgate-Palmolive and Unilever, has so far provided some 70 startups with seed capital of up to $100,000 each.