Why Resource Efficiency Markets?
From the time of Malthus, concerns that the supply of energy,
water, food, materials and other resources would fail to meet the
needs of a rising world population have been misfounded.
However, recent rapid expansion of the emerging markets middle
class, soaring commodity prices and rising costs of extraction mean
that we have now reached a tipping point beyond which the
availability and price of these resources is likely to restrict
access unless there are significant improvements in the efficiency
of supply and use.
Meanwhile, there is mounting evidence that depleted
environmental resources such as clean water, clean air and arable
land are limiting the potential for economic growth in many
countries. At the same time, losses from weather related events
have increased sharply.
Improvements in efficiency have historically underpinned
enhancements to productivity and boosted economic growth. Today's
falling costs of technology, liberalisation of basic service
industries, and policies designed to mitigate environmental damage,
mean that a revolution in efficiency is now underway that is
creating unprecedented opportunities for the private sector.
The result is a diverse set of companies offering cleaner, more
efficient products and services across the energy, water, waste,
food, and agriculture sectors, referred to as the "Resource
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