World's best water management company is Spanish
- Aqualia received the highest distinction in what are known as the "Oscars of Water", awarded by the British communications platform Global Water Intelligence, during the Global Water Summit 2023, the benchmark event for the water industry, which this week in Berlin (Germany) brings together 850 of the world's leading players
- With this award, the jury recognises "the company with the most significant contribution to the development of the international water sector in the year 2022"
- In addition, the Abu Rawash wastewater treatment plant, built by Aqualia in Cairo (Egypt), was a finalist in the category of "Best Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year"
Aqualia has been recognised as "Best Water Company of the Year" at the Global Water Awards 2023, which are awarded by the British communications platform Global Water Intelligence (GWI) and are known as the "Oscars of water". The company won the first prize in competition with the other three prestigious international companies nominated: Veolia, Aegea Saneamento, and Almar Water Solutions. The award honours "the company with the most significant contribution to the development of the international water sector in the year 2022".
The jury, made up of all the worldwide subscribers to the Global Water Intelligence publication, particularly valued the company's financial, commercial and sustainability achievements in 2022, such as obtaining a green loan from a consortium of banks led by Caixabank for 1,100 million euros, its comprehensive energy efficiency and emissions reduction plan within the scope of its Strategic Sustainability Plan, and the renewal of more than 90% of its concessions in Spain, together with new contracts and acquisitions in Georgia, France, Colombia, and Saudi Arabia.
In addition, the Abu Rawash plant project, executed by Aqualia in Cairo (Egypt), was a finalist in the "Wastewater Company of the Year" category. This facility, which treats 1.6 million cubic metres of wastewater per day and supplies more than 9 million people, was nominated for contributing to the decontamination of the Nile River, and for being one of the most important vectors of development in Africa's third most populous country.
World Water Summit
The Global Water Awards 2023 were unveiled during the gala dinner of the Global Water Summit, held in Berlin (Germany) this week, the world's leading event for the water industry, which brings together 850 of the most important players in water management worldwide, including executives from the main operators and other entities in the sector, as well as representatives of public administrations.
Aqualia played an important role in the technical programme of the Congress. Guillermo Moya, director of the Europe Area, and José Enrique Bofill, director of the MENA-Asia Area, participated in the plenary panel Water leadership panel and in the round table The future of SDG6 finance, respectively. In these sessions, the executives were able to discuss strategic and sustainable global water management issues.
Zouhayr Arbib, head of the Sustainability area of the R&D department, moderated a round table on wastewater treatment in small and medium-sized towns, and Country Managers Javier Sierra (Egypt) and Javier Díaz (Saudi Arabia) led the round tables focused on business opportunities in their respective countries.