Water Sector

An Expert's View about Environmental Technologies in Ireland

Posted on: 28 Sep 2012

Opportunities will emerge in the water sector as the industry changes from its current public ownership model to a more market based approach

The Water Sector In Ireland Opportunities will emerge in the water sector as the industry changes from its current public ownership model to a more market based approach. Also key will be the future introduction of water metering and related services. Market overview Unlike the UK model Ireland’s water infrastructure is primarily the responsibility of individual local authorities. Most domestic users in Ireland do not currently pay domestic charges for their water. However, this is about to change. A system of water metering is being introduced and the installation of meters is to start in 2012. Irish Water a subsidiary of Bord Gáis (Irish Gas Board) is to take over the operation of local authority water services on a phased basis, starting in 2015. Key opportunities There may be future opportunities within this area to provide products and services as Ireland undergoes fundamental changes in the way the system is managed. Opportunities may also arise with the introduction of new products such as domestic meters. The industry has received €371m in exchequer funding this year (2012). In addition to the sector requires €600m in capital expenditure Latest export opportunities in the Environment and Water Latest export opportunities in Ireland Getting into the market British companies wishing to enter and/or develop their business in the Irish market are advised to undertake as much market research and planning as possible. There are few barriers to entry with the same language, similar legal and regulatory structures as well as numerous cultural and business links. UKTI’s team in Ireland, with its wide local knowledge and sector experience, can provide a range of services to British-based companies wishing to grow their business in the Irish market. This includes, but is not limited to: ξ Provision of market information; ξ Validated lists of agents/distributors/other Contacts as required; ξ Key market players or potential customers in the Irish market; ξ Establishment of interest of such contacts in working with you; ξ Arranging appointments; and Organising seminars or other events for you to meet contacts and promote your company in the Irish market More about doing business in Ireland Contacts Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS). To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists in country - or contact your local international trade team. Andrew Evans British Embassy 29 Merrion Road Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 Tel: +353 (1) 205 3753 Email: Andrew.evans3@fco.gov.uk Web: www.britishembassyinireland.fco.gov.uk Web: www.ukti.gov.uk Contact your local international trade team UKTI Events UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows. Latest events in the Environment and Water sector Major Events Resource Ireland 2012 Water, Waste and Recycling Exhibition 17-18 October 2012 RDS Dublin http://www.resourceireland.net/irish10/website/HomePage.aspx?refer=1 The 8th Annual Environment Ireland Conference 13 September 2012Croke Park Dublin http://www.environmentireland.ie/index.php International Symposium on Domestic Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Systems 10 - 11 September 2012Trinity College Dublin http://www.epa.ie/news/events/name,32651,en.html Useful links More about OMIS and other UKTI services for exporters
Posted: 28 September 2012

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