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On a global scale, the onset a series of macro-economic, demographic, social and environmental trends is bound to affect the main actors' choices and priorities, be they end users or decision makers.
These dynamics will especially impact on businesses linked to European utilities. As key areas for sustainable development in the coming years, energy, environment and water cycle will have to face new paradigms, aiming to reconcile the scarcity of some resources with the expected population boom, or the new geopolitical balance with the need for environmentally sustainable measures, to the benefit of the entire ecosystem.
In the coming years, institutions, regulators as well as citizens will pressure the industry into business models and solutions that can foster a shift to better sustainability and sharing standards (e.g. circular economy and sharing economy).
These pressures are likely to change what has been, to date, the competitive framework for utilities in Europe.

The discussion about socially-responsible investment is ratcheting up. Slowly it seems to be transitioning from a niche financial strategy, favored by the tiny percentage of those that would consider themselves truly green, to an important consideration for actors across the financial sector.


Page updated 1 August 2018

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