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How to Spend Water: This year we believe Christmas has come early. It is not just Xi's carbon emissions promise but the Chinese government has adopted a "zero tolerance" stance towards pollution violations increasing regulatory risk. At the same time it has also introduced stimulus plans to encourage investment to clean water. This "carrot & stick" approach is meant “to force the economy to transform and upgrade”. The timing could not be better. Xylem’s 2014 Value of Water Index survey published in December shows that 99% of urban consumers says it's important for the government to take urgent action to solve water issues. This month we have views from the President of Xylem China, give our thoughts on investing in Chinese waters and run through why it doesn't pay to be naughty in 2015. Speaking of being naughty, are we inadvertently spending on "dirty water" by buying cheap clothes? We talked to fashion bloggers, editors of lifestyle magazines & other aspiring fashionistas to get their views. With the holidays fast approaching, think how you are spending on water and make it good investment ... Happy Holidays!
   
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How to Spend Water: This year we believe Christmas has come early. It is not just Xi's carbon emissions promise but the Chinese government has adopted a "zero tolerance" stance towards pollution violations increasing regulatory risk. At the same time it has also introduced stimulus plans to encourage investment to clean water. This "carrot & stick" approach is meant “to force the economy to transform and upgrade”.

The timing could not be better. Xylem’s 2014 Value of Water Index survey published in December shows that 99% of urban consumers says it's important for the government to take urgent action to solve water issues. But are they willing to pay more for clean drinking water? Xylem's China President Lu Shuping shares with us the results of its survey of six Tier 1 and Tier 2 Chinese cities. 

In the wake of impending tariff hikes, investing in the water sector looks attractive. Will water supply or wastewater treatment be the larger market? We share three thoughts distilled from recent conversations and with the government encouraging public & private sector water spend; check out our review of 2014 investments in Chinese waters from agriculture, wastewater, water infrastructure, drinking water to Israeli cleantech.

The times are a-changing and in 2015, it doesn't pay to be naughty. Check out how violation costs will surge with daily fines and discharge permit trading schemes. Speaking of being naughty, are we inadvertently spending on "dirty water" by buying cheap clothes? What is the Chinese appetite for dirty fashion? We talked to fashion bloggers, editors of lifestyle magazines & other aspiring fashionistas to get the lowdown. With the holidays fast approaching, think how you are spending on water and make it good investment ...Happy Holidays!
 

Christmas Came Early
Xi's carbon emission promise, increased regulatory risk are a few reasons why Tan thinks Christmas has come early for China's waters. Industry beware; China is expected to aggressively enforce in 2015
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Consumers Willing to Spend More For Water
Are consumers ready to pay more for safe drinking water? Lu Shuping, President of Xylem China, shares key findings of its survey of six Tier 1 & Tier 2 cities in China
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China Water Investments: 3 Thoughts
Investing in the water sector looks attractive. Will water supply or wastewater treatment be the larger market? Debra Tan shares some recent conversations
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2014 Investments in Chinese Waters
With the government encouraging public & private sector water spend, check out investments in 2014 from agriculture, wastewater, water infrastructure, drinking water to Israeli cleantech
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Pollution: It Doesn't Pay to be Naughty
Violation cost surges with daily fines, new standards & discharge permit trading in a bid to push China to go clean. See what this means for the textile industry
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Chinese Appetite for Dirty Fashion
Do Chinese consumers know fashion's 'dirty' secret? Will it change the way they shop? Liu talks to fashion bloggers, editors of lifestyle magazines & other aspiring fashionistas
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Happy Holidays !
The China Water Risk team wishes you a happy holiday!
   
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  • Su Ming of Energy Research Institute (ERI): China needs to cap coal use by 2020 to meet climate goals
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