Assessment of the financial performance and sustainability of water management companies in Spain from a quantitative and technological perspective (2018-2022)

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https://doi.org/10.31637/epsir-2024-338

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Water management, Financial performance, Climate change, Water infrastructure, Technological innovation, Public-private partnerships, Water sustainability, Operational cost-effectiveness.

Abstract

Introduction: Water collection, treatment and distribution companies in Spain face challenges due to climate variability, obsolete infrastructures and the need for efficient water resource management. This study provides a comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of the financial and operational performance of the sector, addressing climate change adaptations and innovative technologies, areas little explored in previous studies. Methodology: A quantitative analysis of financial and operational data from official sources was carried out, complemented by a literature review on water resources management and technological trends. Includes financial data collection and analysis, profitability assessment, and analysis of climate change adaptation technologies and strategies. Results and discussions: An improvement in the profitability of the sector was observed, due to efficient management and modernisation of infrastructures. Public-private collaboration and the adoption of innovative technologies, such as desalination and reuse of recycled water, are crucial to address climate challenges and ensure sustainability. It also highlights the need for a global approach to water management due to the externalisation of water stress. Conclusions: In conclusion, it emphasises innovation and collaboration to improve water management in Spain, ensuring its sustainability and future resilience.

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Sergio López Moreno, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos

Sergio López Moreno, actualmente profesor visitante y doctorando en la Escuela Internacional de Doctorado de la Universidad Rey Juan Calos (URJC). Licenciado en Administración y Dirección de Empresas (ADE), y Master en Dirección Financiera y Contabilidad Internacional. Con más de 15 años de experiencia en entidades financieras, en el área de análisis de riesgos, intervención y auditoría interna. Actualmente imparto clases de análisis de balances en los grados de ADE, contabilidad y finanzas y turismo en la URJC. Anteriormente también he impartido clases de contabilidad financiera, contabilidad analítica y auditoría. Investigador en análisis de estados financieros y reporting.

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2024-07-08

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López Moreno, S. (2024). Assessment of the financial performance and sustainability of water management companies in Spain from a quantitative and technological perspective (2018-2022) . European Public & Social Innovation Review, 9, 1–22. https://doi.org/10.31637/epsir-2024-338

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