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Innovation, sustainability and other words for the water sector

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Águeda García de Durango
Editor-in-Chief of iAgua and Smart Water Magazine. Degree in Environmental Sciences.

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    Jorge Malfeito, Director of Innovation at ACCIONA. Credit: Pablo González-Cebrián

Innovation and sustainability are two words intimately and intrinsically linked: given the current situation, with a climate crisis with little prospect of abatement and the relentless escalation of prices, especially in the field of energy and raw materials, it is now impossible to conceive of one without the other. In the water sector, this relationship is particularly evident: the circular nature of the water cycle, the constant commitment to savings and efficiency and the progressive digital transformation complete a fertile field for implementing sustainable solutions and value propositions that successfully address the present and future challenges of water, which are also to a large extent those of the planet we inhabit.

For this reason, we wanted the cover of this fifteenth issue of SWM Bimonthly to feature Jorge Malfeito, Director of Innovation at ACCIONA, who in a complete interview signed by Cristina Novo details the company's research and innovation strategy, in addition to confirming the commitment to professional development, multidisciplinary collaboration and teamwork to achieve the objectives set in this regard. All these factors underpin and characterize ACCIONA's good work in sustainable innovation.

On the other hand, these elements are not at odds with growth, although there are those who believe that it is not possible to reconcile them in this complex scenario. A clear example is the case of Miya, the company led by Noam Komy, which has made efficiency its corporate flag. In the talk with the CEO included in these pages, the search for new opportunities in the MENA region, Southeast Asia, LATAM and other European countries and the diversification of investments play a key role in the next steps of the company, which is not forgetting its roots (and goal) of becoming a large water company.

In short, in this magazine we talk about innovation, sustainability and efficiency, without forgetting the road travelled so far and which involves terms such as digitalization, Sustainable Development Goals, research or entrepreneurship. Because if there is one thing we can say, it is that in the water sector there is room for all of them, and in SWM Bimonthly there is room for almost all of them.

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