Interesting from Atkins. Link to the report. Key part:
"Future Proofing the UK Water Sector has been developed in consultation with a large number of Atkins’ water staff, as well as experts in related fields, and has been tested with our water industry clients.
The four scenarios, which were developed in partnership with strategy consultants Decision Strategies International (DSI), are named the Graphene Era, the Wood Economy, the Steel Squeeze and the Concrete Jungle.
The Graphene Era scenario imagines a future where the UK has adapted effectively to the severe effects of climate change and the economy is buoyant, high-tech and green, while the Wood Economy explores a society where foreign sourced energy costs are high, water is scarce and customers prefer to turn to local or DIY solutions.
In contrast, the Steel Squeeze scenario looks at a world where people are squeezed by a high cost of living and little concern for the environment, leading to an expectation that government should fully regulate water quality and cost.
Lastly, the Concrete Jungle is a future dominated by the resurgence of traditional UK manufacturing, where consumer consumption is high and society trusts that we will invent our way out of any future climate or environmental problems."