TotalEnergies and Veolia reveal biomethane ambitions

TotalEnergies and Veolia have signed an agreement to produce biomethane from Veolia waste and water treatment facilities operating in more than 15 countries.

The partners will develop and co-invest in a portfolio of international projects, with the ambition to produce up to 1.5 terawatt-hours (TWh) of biomethane per year by 2025. This production of renewable gas made from organic waste will be equivalent to the average annual natural gas consumption of 500,000 residents and will avoid some 200,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. TotalEnergies will market the resulting biomethane as a renewable fuel for mobility or as a substitute for natural gas in other uses.

As part of this agreement, the partners will pool their industrial know-how in biomethane production. Veolia will provide its expertise in the production and processing of biogas from its facilities, and TotalEnergies will contribute its in-depth knowledge of the entire biomethane value chain.

TotalEnergies claims to be the segment leader in France, with close to 500 GWh of production capacity, and aims to become a major player in biomethane internationally by partnering with market leaders such as Clean Energy in the United States. The company is active across the entire biomethane value chain, from project development to marketing of biomethane and its by-products (biofertilisers, bioCO2).

Search for project activity featuring Totalenergies in AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder database here.

UNTHA continues expansion into Japan

Austrian-headquartered industrial shredder manufacturer UNTHA is continuing its global expansion with an exclusive distributor agreement with Axia, in Japan.

The partnership reflects growing demand from the nation’s Waste to Energy market, with alternative fuel manufactured from plasticised material currently proving particularly popular.

Axia – headquartered in Kurashiki City – has taken delivery of a mobile XR unit, to use as a demonstration machine on customer sites throughout the country. Capable of handling municipal solid waste, commercial and industrial waste, and waste wood – as well as bulky materials such as tyres, mattresses, textiles and more – the XR is a high performance shredder, also available as a stationary machine.

Axia has already placed orders for six UNTHA XR shredders, which are currently being commissioned in Japan and will be maintained by Axia’s own engineers thereafter. Customers include waste specialists and alternative fuel producers for thermal power plants.

UNTHA has more than 10,000 shredders installed globally – details of recent contracts can be viewed in AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder: http://ow.ly/7KbK50HhaqIUNTHA

Nature Energy to invest US$5.3 billion in new biogas plants.

Nature Energy, based in Odense in Denmark, has announced a new strategy for growth, outlining plans to invest DKK 35 billion (US$5.3 billion) by 2030 in the construction of new biogas plants in international markets. By 2024, Nature Energy plans to be building between 10 and 15 new plants annually.

Nature Energy currently operates 12 biogas plants in the EU, and by 2022, the company will have further extended its portfolio with plants in new markets in Europe and North America.

At the same time, the company has a number of new technologies in the pipeline  says CEO Ove Hvelplund, which will help it to halve its production costs over time.

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To view coverage of Nature Energy’s project activity in AcuComm’s Waste Contract Finder database, simply click here https://tinyurl.com/jm2upjc8

New Investment Review: Waste-to-Fuel

In July 2021, AcuComm reported on 14 new waste-to-fuel projects with a cumulative value of US$927 million. These projects, located in Canada, Ecuador, France, Sweden, the UK and the USA, will bring 2.3 million tonnes of new fuel capacity online annually.

Over the 12-month period (August 2020 to July 2021),  AcuComm reported a total of 109 new waste-to-fuel projects with an aggregated annual capacity of over 27 million tonnes. Europe and the Americas were the principal areas of investment, with the USA, the UK and Canada the leading countries in terms of investment value.

NIR W2F Aug 2021

Each month, AcuComm presents headline sector data in its Waste-to-Fuel New Investment Review, one of a series of six complimentary reports which provide a strategic snapshot of the very latest activity in a specific area of the global waste and bioenergy markets.

The New Investment Review series includes:

  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Waste Processing
  • Landfill
  • AD/Biogas
  • Waste-to-Fuel

If the New Investment Review series is of interest, but feel that you need to delve deeper in order to develop your commercial strategy and marketing plans, you may wish to consider AcuComm’s Waste Market Insightsa monthly service that presents a wealth of comprehensive information including industry forecasts, historical data and insights which can be used to identify key trends across technologies, feedstocks and geographies, measured by outputs, values, capacities, volumes etc.

All the data in Waste Market Insights and the New Investment Review series derives from AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder, its  proprietary database of 8,500+ waste and bioenergy projects around the world.

If you would like to find out more, please contact either:

Rob / 44 (0)7399 863 765 / [email protected], or

Oliwia / 44 (0)7399 863 806 / [email protected]

New Investment Review: AD/Biogas

In July 2021, AcuComm reported on 15 new AD/Biogas projects with a cumulative estimated value of US$243 million. These projects will generate an estimated total of 75 MW (or 5 MW on average at each plant) and consume 1.4 million tonnes of feedstock, of which 34% will be animal-derived (manure/slurry). This new activity was reported in Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, South Africa, Spain, the UK and the United States.

Over the 12-month period (August 2020 to July 2021),  AcuComm reported a total of 231 new AD/Biogas projects with a total estimated investment value of US$4.8 billion.

Project Tonnage by Waste Type: 12-month period  (%)

NIR AD Biogas Aug 2021

Top Countries by Investment Value: 12-month period (US$mn)

NIR AD Biogas Aug 2021b

Each month, AcuComm presents this headline data in its AD/Biogas New Investment Review, one of a series of six complimentary reports which provide a strategic snapshot of the very latest activity in a specific area of the global waste and bioenergy markets.

The New Investment Review series includes:

  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Waste Processing
  • Landfill
  • AD/Biogas
  • Waste-to-Fuel.

If the New Investment Review series is of interest, but feel that you need to delve deeper in order to develop your commercial strategy and marketing plans, you may wish to consider AcuComm’s Waste Market Insightsa monthly service that presents a wealth of comprehensive information including industry forecasts, historical data and insights which can be used to identify key trends across technologies, feedstocks and geographies, measured by outputs, values, capacities, volumes etc.

All the data in Waste Market Insights and the New Investment Review series derives from AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder, its  proprietary database of 8,500+ waste and bioenergy projects around the world.

If you would like to find out more, please contact either:

Rob / 44 (0)7399 863 765 / [email protected], or

Oliwia / 44 (0)7399 863 806 / [email protected]

Waste-to-Energy New Investment Review

In June 2021, AcuComm reported on 15 new waste-to-energy projects with a cumulative value of US$1.3 billion. These projects, in China, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Japan, Palestine, Poland and the UK, will bring 376 MW of new energy capacity online. Total waste throughput for these projects will be 3.8 million tonnes per annum.

Over the 12-month period (July 2020 to June 2021),  AcuComm reported on a total of 92 new waste-to-energy projects valued at US$24.5 billion. Over the 12-month period, investment in the new projects covered was largely concentrated in China, Japan, Poland and the UK.

Top Five Countries by Investment Value – US$mn (July 2020 to June 2021)

NIR WtE July 2021

Each month, AcuComm presents this headline data in its Waste-to-Energy New Investment Review, one of a series of six complimentary reports which provide a strategic snapshot of the very latest activity in a specific area of the global waste and bioenergy markets.

The New Investment Review series includes:

  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Waste-to-Fuel
  • Waste Processing
  • Landfill
  • AD/Biogas.

If the New Investment Review series is of interest, but feel that you need to delve deeper in order to develop your commercial strategy and marketing plans, you may wish to consider AcuComm’s Waste Market Insightsa monthly service that presents a wealth of comprehensive information including industry forecasts, historical data and insights which can be used to identify key trends across technologies, feedstocks and geographies, measured by outputs, values, capacities, volumes etc.

All the data in Waste Market Insights and the New Investment Review series derives from AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder, its  proprietary database of 8,500+ waste and bioenergy projects around the world.

If you would like to find out more, please contact either:

Rob / 44 (0)7399 863 765 / [email protected], or

Oliwia / 44 (0)7399 863 806 / [email protected]

Waste Management Investment Post-COVID: Uncorking the Bottle

As we move into the second half of 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause a number of serious difficulties and challenges for the waste management industry. In 2020, patterns of waste generation were suddenly and severely affected, as normal economic and social activity was curtailed around the globe on an unprecedented scale. Waste operators had this to deal with, as well as the challenge of providing acceptably normal services in an environment of reduced staffing and strictly enforced social distancing. Work on expansion and development of new plants became far more challenging, as contractors faced shortages of staff, equipment and building supplies, and necessary regulatory permissions were delayed as government departments ceased to function properly.

Amid the ongoing gloom, however, there is plenty of good news. People haven’t stopped generating waste, even if the mix and nature of that waste has been altered. In some ways, the pandemic has merely accelerated longer term changes. To give one example, home working has been an increasingly viable and attractive option for many people for some time now, but the pandemic made it an urgent necessity. While a lot of businesses are reopening, home working is likely to remain at far higher levels than pre-pandemic. For the waste industry, that means more ‘residential’ waste collection, and less from city centres and businesses.

Where effects have been negative, they are likely to be short-term. Recycling activities were hit in 2020, either because they became more difficult to do, and/or they became commercially unviable. This is surely a short term phenomenon; surely, regulatory and environmental pressures will quickly reassert themselves in the longer term. Larger projects, such as in the WTE sector, have been beset with delays, but the initial pressure for them to be completed remains.

At AcuComm, we see this in the real world. Interest in new waste investment across the world remains strong. The graph below shows the number of new projects and investments announced each month between January 2018 and June 2021. It’s hard to see any COVID effect at all here.

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Source: AcuComm database, July 2021

How can we best interpret this graph, in the light of what we know? There is clearly an ongoing need, and willingness, to invest in better and expanded waste facilities around the world. But of course, just because a project is announced, does not mean it is up and running, or that it will be operational according to the original schedule. So it looks like we currently have a logjam… the past 18 months has seen a growing backlog of investments which have yet to become operational. As the world recovers, confidence will return and the cork will come out of the bottle, allowing activity – rather than announcement of activity – will return. That will create its own logistical challenges of course (as any logger will tell you), but for the industry it will perhaps be a welcome problem to have after more than a year of uncertainty.

Of course, recovery won’t be at the same pace everywhere, and different sectors of the market will face differing challenges (see the October 2020 AcuComm paper, ‘Waste Investment Trends 2020+ Assessing global performance in the shadow of COVID-19’ for more detail on the varying reginal and sectoral effects). There’s an opportunity here for the waste industry to ‘build back better’, to coin a phrase, by making greater use of smaller, more efficient facilities with more modern technology. Smart companies and investors will already be planning ahead in order to thrive in a world where much has changed, but much really has not.

New Investment Review: AD/Biogas

In June 2021, AcuComm reported on 30 new AD/Biogas projects with a cumulative estimated value of US$979 million. These projects will generate an estimated total of 175 MW (or 6 MW on average at each plant) and consume almost 3.9 million tonnes of feedstock, of which 35% will be animal-derived (manure/slurry). This new activity was reported in Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Oman, Poland, the UK and the United States.

Over the 12-month period (July 2020 to June 2021),  AcuComm reported a total of 233 new AD/Biogas projects with a total estimated investment value of US$4.8 billion.

Project Tonnage by Waste Type: 12-month period  (%)

NIR AD Biogas July 21

Top Countries by Investment Value: 12-month period (US$mn)

NIR AD Biogas b July 2021

Each month, AcuComm presents this headline data in its AD/Biogas New Investment Review, one of a series of six complimentary reports which provide a strategic snapshot of the very latest activity in a specific area of the global waste and bioenergy markets.

The New Investment Review series includes:

  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Waste Processing
  • Landfill
  • AD/Biogas
  • Waste-to-Fuel.

If the New Investment Review series is of interest, but feel that you need to delve deeper in order to develop your commercial strategy and marketing plans, you may wish to consider AcuComm’s Waste Market Insightsa monthly service that presents a wealth of comprehensive information including industry forecasts, historical data and insights which can be used to identify key trends across technologies, feedstocks and geographies, measured by outputs, values, capacities, volumes etc.

All the data in Waste Market Insights and the New Investment Review series derives from AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder, its  proprietary database of 8,500+ waste and bioenergy projects around the world.

If you would like to find out more, please contact either:

Rob / 44 (0)7399 863 765 / [email protected], or

Oliwia / 44 (0)7399 863 806 / [email protected]

Waste Processing New Investment Review

In May 2021, AcuComm added 12 new waste processing projects with a cumulative value of US$181 million to its WasteView Contract Finder database. Altogether these facilities, located in Australia, China, Czech Republic, Eduador, France, Greece, Morocco, the Netherlands, Panama, Tunisia and the United SKingdom, will process 1.7 tonnes of waste per annum.

Over the 12-month period (June 2020 to May 2021),  AcuComm covered a total of 119 new waste processing projects, valued at US$3.0 billion.

Top Five Countries by Investment Value – US$mn (June 2020 to May 2021)

NIR Waste Processing June 2021

Each month, AcuComm presents this headline data in its Waste Processing New Investment Review, one of a series of six complimentary reports which provide a strategic snapshot of the very latest activity in a specific area of the global waste and bioenergy markets.

The New Investment Review series includes:

  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Waste-to-Fuel
  • Waste Processing
  • Landfill
  • AD/Biogas.

If the New Investment Review series is of interest, but feel that you need to delve deeper in order to develop your commercial strategy and marketing plans, you may wish to consider AcuComm’s Waste Market Insightsa monthly service that presents a wealth of comprehensive information including industry forecasts, historical data and insights which can be used to identify key trends across technologies, feedstocks and geographies, measured by outputs, values, capacities, volumes etc.

All the data in Waste Market Insights and the New Investment Review series derives from AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder, its  proprietary database of 8,500+ waste and bioenergy projects around the world.

If you would like to find out more, please contact either:

Rob / 44 (0)7399 863 765 / [email protected], or

Oliwia / 44 (0)7399 863 806 / [email protected]

Plastic Recycling New Investment Review

In May 2021, AcuComm reported on 4 new plastic recycling projects with a cumulative value of US$60 million. These projects, in Spain, Sweden and the USA, are due to start operating from 2022 onwards when they will bring over 135,150 tonnes of annual recycling capacity online.

Over the 12-month period (June 2020 to May 2021),  AcuComm reported a total of 62 new plastic recycling projects with an aggregated annual capacity of over 2.8 million tonnes. Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas were the principal areas of investment, with the USA, South Korea, Italy, Germany and Australia the leading countries in terms of investment value.

Top Five Countries by Investment Value – US$mn (June 2020 to May 2021)

NIR June 2021 Plastics

Each month, AcuComm presents this headline data in its Plastic Recycling New Investment Review, one of a series of six complimentary reports which provide a strategic snapshot of the very latest activity in a specific area of the global waste and bioenergy markets.

The New Investment Review series includes:

  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Waste-to-Fuel
  • Waste Processing
  • Landfill
  • AD/Biogas.

If the New Investment Review series is of interest, but feel that you need to delve deeper in order to develop your commercial strategy and marketing plans, you may wish to consider AcuComm’s Waste Market Insightsa monthly service that presents a wealth of comprehensive information including industry forecasts, historical data and insights which can be used to identify key trends across technologies, feedstocks and geographies, measured by outputs, values, capacities, volumes etc.

All the data in Waste Market Insights and the New Investment Review series derives from AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder, its  proprietary database of 8,500+ waste and bioenergy projects around the world.

If you would like to find out more, please contact either:

Rob / 44 (0)7399 863 765 / [email protected], or

Oliwia / 44 (0)7399 863 806 / oliwia.mrocz[email protected]