Environment and Sustainability

The exploding population and mankind’s ruthless over-utilization of the Earth’s resources have led to current crises such as climate change, water scarcity, energy depletion, and food shortage that are threatening life on planet Earth. Efforts to stem their man-made causes – ozone layer depletion, fast dwindling natural resources, increasing pollution and waste generation – have driven innovations to decelerate, if not stop, the alarming effects of Earth’s decreasing sustainability.

Remedial solutions will be necessary to turn back the tide of destruction from anthropogenic activities.

This presents the greatest challenge in the environment and sustainability domains. The race to lessen or undo the effects of mankind’s irresponsible or naïve stewardship of the Earth will require integrating environmental technologies and solutions into every sphere of human activity. Hence, technology convergence is a major theme in environment and sustainability.

Value Proposition

Key Questions of Clients


Whom should I partner with?


What is the National Roadmap and what are the best practices adopted by other countries?


What are the R&D areas I should focus on?


What is the opportunity for the technology in 5 to 10 years?


What are the attractive markets for my technology?


What are the technologies I should invest in?


Who are my competitors and what are they doing unique?


Which region should I gain entry?

Engagement Types

  • Assessment of R&D portfolio
  • R&D management
  • IP Consulting
  • Technology investment Opportunities
    • Evaluation of funding initiatives
    • Merger and acquisition opportunities
    • Identification of strategic alliance partners
  • Technology Roadmap
  • Market Opportunity analysis
  • Competitive intelligence
  • Evaluation of nation innovation indicators and country’s best practices
  • Technology and patent valuation
  • Business model innovation

Key Research Focus Areas

Environmental Management

  • Land and water remediation
  • Oil spill management
  • Reforestation

Water and Wastewater Technologies

  • Water production
  • Water and wastewater treatment
  • Wastewater recycling and reuse
  • Wastewater resource recovery

Air Quality Technologies

  • Air pollution control
  • Indoor air purification

Solid Waste Management

  • Solid waste treatment
  • Solid waste upcycling
  • Waste-to-energy
  • Circular economy

Green Buildings & Services

  • Energy efficient and net-zero-energy buildings
  • Heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning
  • Building energy management
  • Green building materials
  • Sustainable cities


Climate Change

  • Environmental monitoring
  • Climate change mitigation, including carbon capture
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Disaster response and management technologies

Environmental Sustainability

  • Food-energy-water-nexus
  • Resource recovery technologies
  • Sustainable agriculture

Case Studies

A chemicals & material science company trying to identify a possible investment and collaboration opportunity

Identification of Technology Developers for Bio conversion of Carbon Dioxide/Methane

The Challenge

A Major Japanese chemicals & material company is looking toward an investment & collaboration opportunity in the C1(methane or carbon dioxide) bioconversion technology/platforms.

To Identify technology developers involved in developing innovative C1 bioconversion technology platforms. And to identify potential investment candidates.

Project Objectives

  • Identification of R&D initiatives and organizations(universities and venture-backed start-ups) involved in developing innovative C1 bioconversion technology platforms.
  • Assess the selected technology developers using predefined, weight-based criteria.
  • Detailed profiling of shortlisted innovative R&D organizations and their respective technologies.

Our Approach and Work

  • Frost & Sullivan provided a technology overview with a technology snapshot of different technology platforms.
  • The maturity levels of the different technology platforms were identified and summarized
  • 40 Organizations were identified over various platforms and 8 profiles were shortlisted using USP and Patent scoring. The USP score was made on the basis of criteria such as the innovativeness of the technology, and the breadth and depth of R&D.
  • Out of the 8 profiles, the top 2 technology developers were recommended as ideal investment & collaboration candidates for the Japanese major.
  • The key findings were provided based on a combination of primary & secondary research and analysis.

Outcome and Business Impact

  • Frost & Sullivan delivered a comprehensive list of technology developers with the potential for partnership.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of the various technology platforms were analyzed.
  • 40 short profiles were presented over various platforms and the top 8 candidates were identified.
  • Recommendations were provided on the top ideal candidates for investment and collaboration

A government agency tasked with developing green technology and green businesses in Malaysia

Country Roadmap for Green Technology

The Challenge

To assess the current state of green technology adoption across 6 key economic sectors (energy, building, water and waste management, transportation, manufacturing, and ICT) and establish the baseline references, with the ultimate goal of delivering the strategic direction that Malaysia should take in implementing green technology for the establishment of a low-carbon resource efficient economy.

Project Objectives

  • Identify current green technology activities and barriers, and establish data for baseline reference.
  • Assess existing regulatory framework governing green technology and industry development across six sectors.
  • Identify and analyze existing green technology skills and capacity level.
  • Identify and propose an enabling environment for green technology adoption and application.
  • Develop comprehensive green technology roadmap with actionable steps.

Our Approach and Work

  • Conducted primary demand and supply survey to identify the adoption of green technology across the industry value chain.
  • Facilitated a workshop attended by local industry experts, and collected their opinions and foresight
  • Identification of best practices for a national-level low-carbon economy model, based on extensive secondary research
  • Conducted gap analysis comparing Malaysia with other countries that have successfully established a carbon reduction program, so as to identify strengths and weaknesses of the initiatives undertake vis-a-vis Malaysia.
  • Develop economic and carbon reduction model.

Outcome and Business Impact

  • Delivered a comprehensive report that detailed the current state of green technology adoption including job creation, value-added contribution to the national economy, innovation expenditure and carbon footprint.
  • Particular focus as put on the gaps that to be addressed so as to grow the country’s adoption of green technology
  • The final report delivered the strategic recommendations for the short, medium and long-term, with clear actionable steps.
  • The final roadmap for a low-carbon economy included time-specific targets for economic contribution and carbon intensity reduction.

A Global Specialty Chemicals Company

Landscape Assessment of Chemicals for Water Treatment

The Challenge

The client is considering to venture into the water treatment chemicals market. They sought to understand the market landscape along with key players to help them decide on the niche application areas within the water chemicals sector.

Project Objectives

  • Analysis of global trends and developments in chemicals used in water treatment.
  • Assessment of technically niche applications for chemicals in the water industry.
  • Assessment of key stakeholders and technologies of potential interest to the client in niche applications.

Our Approach and Work

  • Frost & Sullivan identified trends and developments related to technology, market, and product landscape and built an exhaustive list of key stakeholders and their technologies in chemicals for water treatment.
  • Niche applications for chemicals for water treatment, in both municipal and industrial sectors, were assessed and key participants and technologies across applications identified.
  • An attractiveness index was developed to compare and assess niche application sectors and technologies within the sectors.

Outcome and Business Impact

  • Frost & Sullivan assessed and prioritized technologies and niche applications sectors that will be of potential interest to the client.
  • The client plans to use our recommendations for strategic planning towards new business ventures in chemicals for water treatment.

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