About us

GLOBAL WATER & ENERGY (GWE), a member of the Global Water Engineering Group of Companies, is a solution provider to the global marketplace for industrial wastewater treatment, water reuse and production of green energy. To that end, GWE offers state-of-the-art technologies to assist industries and private owners in their efforts to grow while reducing the costs of doing business.

From some of the world’s leading anaerobic wastewater treatment and organic waste-to-energy processes to a variety of top-of-the-line aerobic technologies, GWE has one of the most extensive portfolios of technology for industrial wastewater management, water reuse, and renewable energy generation/utilization.

With hundreds of worldwide installations and over 40 years of application experience, we can tackle the toughest wastewater and organic waste-to-energy problems. We can provide design, technology, and services packages for any of our proprietary technologies, or if desired, complete turnkey services including complete design, construction, and installation of the entire system (in conjunction with engineering and construction partners).

In either case, we offer performance guarantees and aftercare support to ensure peace of mind for our clients.

Our experienced team and optimized project execution procedures allow us successfully to finish every project in a timely fashion. All projects are executed in accordance with GWE’s Quality Assurance System, based on ISO 9001-2014 standards. Our uncompromising dedication to our customers makes GWE your reliable partner, whether you are a small local firm, a multinational corporation, or global Fortune 500 company.

Mission Statement

GWE aims to be a reliable supplier of water and wastewater treatment technologies of the highest standards, adapted to each specific situation, and at affordable prices. GWE supplies practical and modern technologies and “best buy” solutions that provide consistent performance, meet all guarantees, and fully satisfy our clients and business partners.

Jean-Pierre Ombregt, CEO

Our founder and Chairman/CEO, Jean-Pierre Ombregt, is a pioneer of modern anaerobic wastewater treatment and his involvement in the development of our Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket (UASB) systems, GWE’s ANUBIX™ product line, dates back as far as 1972.

Throughout the years, GWE has developed an extended network of qualified local partners in more than 20 countries and currently operates globally through regional offices in Belgium, Germany, Hong Kong, The Netherlands, Philippines, Thailand & USA.

Timeline: Anaerobic wastewater treatment and GWE

  • 1977: First R&D work with Prof. Willy Verstraete, at the University of Gent, Belgium
  • 1978: First anaerobic pilot plant system installed at an enzymes factory in Belgium
  • 1979: First anaerobic UASB installation on industrial wastewater in Belgium (2nd such installation in the world)
  • 1984: Incorporation of Biotim N.V. in Belgium and development of an international licensee network
  • 1991: Reorganization of Biotim N.V. and separation of its Asian activities under a new company called ENVIROASIA, founded by J.P. Ombregt
  • 1999: ENVIROASIA begins expansion into other world markets, following the end of the agreement with Biotim
  • 2003: Rebranding of ENVIROASIA to GLOBAL WATER ENGINEERING, to reflect our now worldwide reach
  • 2005: Expansion of GWE portfolio of anaerobic processes
  • 2006: Expansion into “green” energy and Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) driven biogas projects
  • 2010: GWE enters the organic Waste-to-Energy marketplace with RAPTOR®.
  • 2012: Creation of our O&M (Operations & Maintenance) Department
  • 2014: RAPTOR® waste-to-energy technology wins the IChemE ‘Energy Award’
  • 2016: GWE takes over 100% ownership of American JV subsidiary Global Water & Energy, LLC.