Water is now an asset class.
Water is no longer a utility. Scarcity and intense regulations have caused it to behave more like an asset class, forcing companies to manage it as a strategic resource and rethink operations and P&L performance.
Why it matters: Manufacturers are expected to deliver consistent returns at a time when water is entirely inconsistent, either from scarcity, changing regulations, or both. As a result, water treatment is under particular scrutiny as companies look for novel techniques to reduce, recycle, or reclaim their wastewater.
CarboNet’s adaptive chemistry was built out of this movement, creating an opportunity for manufacturers to improve key levers while still delivering on current commitments:
- Chemical spend: CarboNet flocculants alter the throughput of water treatment, reducing cost-to-treat by up to 50%.
- OPEX: CarboNet chemistry requires no make-down and dramatically reduces time spent on dosing calibration and monitoring—or NPT when calibration or monitoring snafus lead to shredded belts, cemented polishers, or other equipment malfunctions.
- CAPEX: CarboNet products don’t require make-down equipment and often improve the performance of other tools in the pipeline, helping maintain existing CAPEX or avoid new investments entirely.
But: cost reductions don’t come at the expense of legal exposure. CarboNet chemistry decreases emissions and HS&E hazards:
- Toxicity: CarboNet’s NanoNet platform reduces PAM by up to 90%, helping hit increasingly stringent regulatory targets.
- Emissions: CarboNet’s chemistry reduces Scope 3 Emissions up to 70%. To date, the commodity chemicals we’ve displaced has cut 300 million tonnes of C02 production.
- Health & safety: CarboNet products arrive pre-activated in plug-and-play totes, removing the need for makedown and crew exposure to toxic inhalants, spills, slips, and other machine interactions.
- Regulatory exposure: Broadly, CarboNet chemistry slashes emissions and improves performance KPIs related to zero discharge or permit targets.
Behind-the-scenes: CarboNet scientists and field technicians are focused on products for a new reality: a world with less water and more regulations—but persistent demands of customers and shareholders.
- This has led to the NanoNet platform and new chemistry, one which eliminates chemicals from water treatment entirely, another that isolates valuable particles for extraction.
The bottom line: Water treatment has moved from a line item in the P&L to a key strategic advantage for companies looking to boost profits as they navigate regulatory hazards and the increasing costs of freshwater. Smart chemistry can reduce drawdown, recycle wastewater—even reclaim waterborne materials—while cutting costs and improving unit performance.