June 1, 2023

Aqualia has been recognized as “Best Water Company of the Year” (Water Company of the Year), at the Global Water Awards 2023, prizes awarded by the British communication platform Global Water Intelligence (GWI) and which are known as the “Water Oscars”.

The company has been awarded the first prize in competition with the other three prestigious international companies nominated: Veolia, Aegea Saneamento, and Almar Water Solutions. The recognition distinguishes “the company with the most significant contribution to the development of the international water sector in 2022”.

The jury, made up of all global subscribers to the Global Water Intelligence publication, has especially valued the financial, commercial and sustainability achievements of the company in 2022, such as obtaining green credit from a consortium of bank entities led by caixabank for an amount of 1,100 million euros, its comprehensive energy efficiency and emission reduction plan within the scope of its Strategic Sustainability Plan or the renewal of more than 90% of its concessions in Spain together with new contracts and acquisitions in Georgia, France, Colombia or Saudi Arabia.

In addition, the Abu Rawash plant project, carried out by Aqualia in Cairo (Egypt), was a finalist in the “Best Treatment Plant of the Year” category (Wastewater Company of the Year). This facility, which treats 1.6 million cubic meters of wastewater per day and supplies more than 9 million people, was nominated for contributing to the cleanup of the Nile River, and being one of the most important development vectors of the third most populous country in Africa.

World Water Summit

The Global Water Awards 2023 have been unveiled during the gala dinner of the Global Water Summitwhich is being held in Berlin (Germany) this week, the global benchmark event for the water industry, which brings together 850 of the most prominent players in water management worldwide, including executives from the main operators and other entities of the sector, as well as representatives of public administrations.

Aqualia has had an outstanding participation in the technical program 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 at the round table The future of SDG6 finance, respectively. In these sessions, managers were able to discuss strategic issues and global sustainable water management.

For his part, 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 round tables focused on business possibilities in their respective countries.

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