Industry Leaders Unite to Confront Water Management Hurdles and Foster Innovation - India Renewable Energy Consulting – Solar, Biomass, Wind, Cleantech
Select Page

Net Zero by Narsi is a series of brief posts by Narasimhan Santhanam (Narsi), on decarbonization and climate solutions.
See all Net Zero by Narsi posts from here.Connect with our director

In recent years, the water sector has emerged as a critical area of focus due to increasing concerns about water scarcity, pollution, and sustainability. Discussion among industry experts shed light on the challenges and opportunities facing the sector, offering valuable insights into policy issues, scaling challenges, and monetization strategies. In this blog , we delve into the key takeaways from the discussion and explore potential pathways for addressing these challenges.

Narasimhan Santhanam, Director, EAI was the moderator for the panel discussion.

The panel participants were:

Adithya BharadwajAnicut Capital

Ganesh ShankarFluxGen Tech

Lokesh RajashekaraiahECOSTP


Chandrasekaran JWatsan Envirotech

Amrit Om NayakIndra Water

Here are the highlights and takeaways.

Policy Challenges:

One of the primary challenges identified by the experts is the lack of clear and effective government policies governing water management. In many cases, existing policies are outdated or insufficient to address current challenges such as water pollution and scarcity. Additionally, the decentralized nature of water management presents scaling challenges, particularly in rural areas where access to clean water is limited. The experts emphasized the need for proactive policy measures to incentivize innovation and investment in water management technologies.

Behavioral Change:

Another important aspect highlighted during the discussion is the need for behavioral change among consumers and stakeholders in the water sector. While technological solutions exist for water treatment and conservation, widespread adoption depends on changing entrenched behaviors and attitudes towards water usage. For example, the prevalence of reverse osmosis (RO) systems in households is driven by consumer demand for purified water, despite concerns about its environmental impact and inefficiency. Encouraging consumers to adopt more sustainable water practices requires targeted education and incentives.

Monetization Strategies:

Monetizing water management solutions remains a significant challenge for businesses operating in the sector. While there is a growing recognition of the value of water as a resource, translating this value into viable business models is complex. The experts highlighted the need for innovative monetization strategies, such as carbon credits for water treatment processes and incentives for demand reduction. Additionally, they emphasized the importance of pricing mechanisms that reflect the true cost of water, including environmental and social externalities.

Collaborative Action:

Despite the challenges, there is optimism among industry experts about the potential for collaborative action to address water management issues. Platforms like Climafix provide opportunities for stakeholders to come together, share insights, and develop actionable solutions. By fostering collaboration between government, businesses, investors, and civil society, it is possible to drive meaningful change in the water sector.

The discussion among industry experts underscored the urgent need for proactive measures to address challenges in the water sector. From policy reform to behavioral change and innovative monetization strategies, there are numerous opportunities for stakeholders to make a positive impact. By working together and leveraging available resources, we can create a more sustainable and resilient water future for all.

Latest from Net Zero Videos

ZEV India Partnership – Driving Truck Electrification through Collaboration

Biodiesel used in coal ship for Tata Steel for Scope 3 emissions reduction

Innovating for India’s Future: How AGNIi is Empowering Startups to Combat Climate Challenges

Insights from IIT Madras’ Energy Innovators – Satya Chakravarthy and Satyanarayanan Seshadri

Innovators in Climate Tech Take Center Stage at CLIMAFIX Early Stage Startup Contest 

Latest from Net Zero by Narsi

About Narasimhan Santhanam (Narsi)

Narsi, a Director at EAI, Co-founded one of India's first climate tech consulting firm in 2008.

Since then, he has assisted over 250 Indian and International firms, across many climate tech domain Solar, Bio-energy, Green hydrogen, E-Mobility, Green Chemicals.

Narsi works closely with senior and top management corporates and helps then devise strategy and go-to-market plans to benefit from the fast growing Indian Climate tech market.

Know More...Connect with our director

Copyright © 2024 EAI. All rights reserved.