The annual Strategic Directions Report series offers analysis and insights into key issues and trends facing the smart cities and utilities, electric, natural gas, and water utility sectors. Drawing insights from industry leaders from around the globe, we dive into immediate and long-term market needs ranging from asset management and infrastructure financing to resilience planning and data analytics. This annual examination allows Black & Veatch to continually measure industry progress, market shifts and emerging challenges to drive infrastructure transformation.
2021 Strategic Directions: Water Report
Based on analyses by leading experts of survey responses by more than 200 stakeholders in the U.S. sphere of water and wastewater, the 2021 Strategic Directions: Water Report examines the complex issues and trends impacting today’s water industry. Aging infrastructure remains a top challenge, along with an aging workforce and intensifying natural disasters – wildfires, floods and drought – that highlight the rising impacts of climate change on the resilience of our water systems and the need for significant investment. The global COVID-19 pandemic compounded the pressure on utilities to be resilient in their services and make the sorely needed investment in supply, treatment, conveyance and storage facilities.
2021 Strategic Directions: Megatrends Report
Drawing upon data sourced from more than 1,000 professionals spanning critical infrastructure sectors – including the power, water, telecommunications and natural gas sectors - as well as deep insights from the C&I and manufacturing industries, Black & Veatch’s 2021 Strategic Directions: Megatrends Report looks to inform the 2021 decision-making process that will drive capital spending and help utilities position for the future.
2020 Strategic Directions: Electric Report
Rapid evolution continues to repower the power sector as the surge in renewables propels decarbonization while pressing utilities to accommodate those energy sources onto the grid. Black & Veatch’s 2020 Strategic Directions: Electric Report examines the opportunities and challenges of today’s power industry.
Strategic Directions: Electric Industry Asia 2021
Download our first-ever Strategic Directions: Electric Industry Asia 2021. Based on insights from senior Black & Veatch clients and partners across the region, the special report looks at how the industry can enable an affordable and resilient energy transition as emerge from the uncertainty caused by COVID-19.
2020 Smart Utilities Report
The 2020 Strategic Directions: Smart Utilities Report explores the issues and complexities of the changing utility landscape. Based on expansive industry data collected through our annual survey of electric, water, and natural gas utilities, this year’s report looks beyond individual efforts to take a more holistic view of what it means to deliver the promised grid of the future.
2019 Commercial & Industrial Report
In an effort to explore some of the factors reshaping business, Black & Veatch recently polled hundreds of professionals in the commercial and industrial sector to identify emerging trends in resource use with a focus on sustainability, capital spending and energy and water management trends within their organizations.
2019 Natural Gas Report
As the world continues to invest in the adoption of greener energy options, the outlook for natural gas has never been more positive. The 2019 Black & Veatch Strategic Directions: Natural Gas Report explores how stakeholders across the value chain are coping with a shifting market, affected by greener energy goals, growing populations and new opportunities for liquefied natural gas.
Our Strategic Directions Reports have been conducted since 2006, working to capture the industry’s viewpoint concerning ongoing issues facing our clients and business partners. In addition to graphical interpretation of survey results, our full reports provide expert analysis, recommendations and actionable intelligence for overcoming the growing challenges facing each industry.
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