New Investment Review: AD/Biogas

In August 2021, AcuComm reported on 10 new AD/Biogas projects with a cumulative estimated value of US$340 million. These projects will generate an estimated total of 79 MW (or 8 MW on average at each plant) and consume 2.5 million tonnes of feedstock. This new activity was reported in the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Ireland, Jordan, Malawi, Netherlands, Poland, the UK and the United States.

Over the 12-month period (September 2020 to August 2021),  AcuComm reported a total of 231 new AD/Biogas projects with a total estimated investment value of US$4.8 billion, of which 39% will be animal-derived (manure/slurry).

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

NIR Sep 2021 AD Biogas

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

NIR Sep 2021 AD Biogas2

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]

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]

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.

ANDY Uncorking the Bottle

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.

Providing a Light in the Shadow Created by Covid

The shadow of COVID is still casting its uncertainty over production lines and supplies.

You can at least get an idea of where there is a demand for all the parts it takes to construct a WASTE PLANT – today, next month, and up to three years ahead.

Knowing NEW WASTE PLANTS developments including those people who are involved, can give you chance to be the first with the RIGHT AND AVAILABLE service or equipment. Below is the latest chart from AcuComm that shows you the investment in new Waste Plants BEFORE they become “OPERATIONAL”

Why not discover for yourself, the value of AcuComm’s data:  access our INTERACTIVE charts, view project development details and make practical use of contact details for decision-makers.

Try AcuComm’s services for yourself: https://acucomm.net/tryit

New Investment Review series expanded with Waste-to-Fuel

AcuComm has expanded its free New Investment Review reports series with the addition of a new title dedicated to waste-to-fuel projects.

In May 2021, AcuComm reported on 6 new waste-to-fuel projects with a cumulative value of US$440 million. These projects, located in India, Indonesia, Italy and the USA, will bring over 2 million tonnes of new fuel capacity online annually.

Over the 12-month period (June 2020 to May 2021),  AcuComm reported a total of 96 new waste-to-fuel projects with an aggregated annual capacity of over 30 million tonnes. Europe and the Americas were the principal areas of investment, with the USA and Canada the leading countries in terms of investment value.

% Value of New Projects by Region (June 2020 to May 2021)

NIR May 21

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]

AD/Biogas New Investment Review

In April 2021, AcuComm reported on 25 new AD/Biogas projects with a cumulative estimated value of US$453 million. These projects will generate an estimated total of 177 MW (or 7 MW on average at each plant) and consume almost 2.9 million tonnes of feedstock, of which 34% will be animal-derived (manure/slurry). This new activity was reported in Belgium, Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, the UK and the United States.

Over the 12-month period (May 2020 to April 2021),  AcuComm reported a total of 207 new AD/Biogas projects with a total estimated investment value of US$3.9 billion.

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

NIR Biogas2 April 21

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

NIR Biogas April 21

Each month, AcuComm presents this headline data in its AD/Biogas New Investment Review, one of a series of five 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.

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]

Making AcuComm’s Waste Market Insight work for you…..

Recognising the need to work efficiently and save time, AcuComm has issued a simple step-by-step guide to using Waste Market Insight (WMI), its monthly analysis of global waste activity and investment.

WMI can be used for high-level strategic analysis or detailed investigation of specific projects – it is an indispensable tool for understanding waste market trends, finding new opportunities and evaluating competitors.

Using the ‘How to Use Waste Markets Insight Guide Jan 2021′ you can find out how to:

  1. Interrogate the knowledge and opportunities provided by AcuComm (which is fully interactive and entirely sourced from AcuComm’s proprietary WasteView Contract Finder database);
  2. Understand our forecast analysis and how it facilitates quantifiable comparative data for accurate business intelligence information;
  3. Quickly adjust market plans to actual and forecast changes in the market;
  4. Access general and up-to-date market knowledge before anyone else.

AcuComm customers will find the Guide downloaded to their AcuComm accounts. If you are yet to become a customer, find out more by contacting us on +44 1243 023 9400 3546 or by Email: k[email protected].

Assessing global performance in the shadow of COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected all sectors of the global economy in 2020. Just how much the waste industry has been impacted is the subject of a new study from AcuComm which analyses data drawn from its waste investment database. The study assesses how the industry is faring against the background of restrictions and economic disruption, with an emphasis not on the immediate dislocation to industry operators, but on the longer term effects on planning and forward investment.

Monthly trends, sectoral variations and the performance of the top 35 waste markets are examined, establishing where investment is continuing to grow and where activity is declining. The study’s author, AcuComm’s Chief Analyst, Andy Crofts, pinpoints the winners and losers by analysing the current year against AcuComm’s proprietary monthly data going back to 2016 and provides his insight into the degree to which growth or downturns are the result of cyclical trends or the pandemic.

For details of how to obtain a copy of Assessing global performance in the shadow of COVID-19 (AcuComm, October 2020), please contact:

Rob Thompson

+44 (0) 7399 863 765

[email protected]

or

Oliwia Mroczkowska

+44 (0)7399 863 806

[email protected]

 

 

Pre-flight coffee and biofuel

London Stansted Airport in the UK is set to become the first airport in the world to convert all its coffee grounds to solid biofuels after a successful trial with Cambridgeshire-based bio-bean, which claims the title of the world’s largest recycler of coffee grounds.

Passengers at London Stansted drink over six million cups of coffee a year as they pass through the terminal, creating over 150 tonnes of coffee waste. The partnership, which will begin on 21st October 2019 will see all 21 of the airport’s coffee shops, restaurants and bars segregate all spent coffee grounds before being transported to bio-bean’s hi-tech processing facility near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

The grounds are then converted into Coffee Logs, each made from the grounds of around 25 cups of coffee and used in domestic wood burners and multi-fuel stoves. Recycling coffee grounds this way saves 80% on CO2 emissions than if they were sent to landfill and 70% than if they were sent to an anaerobic digestion facility and mixed with food waste.

Dealing with the waste grounds and disposable cups from global coffee consumption is a mammoth undertaking, with an estimated 2.25 billion cups of coffee being consumed each day. AcuComm’s WasteView database currently includes 16 projects featuring coffee-related waste.

The Maldives: Dealing with MSW in paradise

The Maldives is a vast archipelago in the Indian Ocean. It is sparsely populated, having less than half a million people. Income per person is relatively high, estimated by the IMF at US$14,571 in 2019. This level of income has been attained rapidly over the past couple of decades, and is almost entirely due to the growth of tourism.

This rapid growth has given the Maldives a municipal waste problem, as tourism and rising income levels have led to more waste being generated. Additionally, more of that waste comprises plastics, metals and hazardous materials, and is therefore harder to deal with. To this can be added the country’s geography. Large numbers of small widely-dispersed islands present a quite different challenge to, say, a single large city. As we have seen in other developing parts of the world, there is simply no infrastructure to deal with this.

As a response, Thilafushi, a coral atoll, was designated as a landfill island as long ago as 1992, although most of its growth has taken place in the past decade. It takes anywhere between 300 and 800 tonnes per day of waste (statistics are scarce and reports contradictory). This is supposed to be sorted and sent to different areas of the island, although uncontrolled dumping and burning seems to be the norm in practice. The volume of waste has become too large to be properly accommodated, and much leaks back into the surrounding waters. This naturally matters on environmental grounds, and even more so since Thilafushi is only a few kilometres from Malé, the main island and capital of the Maldives.

maldivesSource: Bing Maps. Click here for the precise location online.

The two photographs below show Thilafushi in 2005 and 2019. The southern part has been greatly extended by the landfill site as the volume of waste creeps around the lagoon.

googleearth googleearth2Source: Google Earth Pro

Thilafushi was intended to solve the Maldives’ waste problem, but its inadequacy has become a scandal in itself. The Maldives’ government, spurred by environmental pressures and the need to preserve the country’s reputation as a tourist paradise, has made fitful efforts to improve the situation. Management of the island has, in theory, improved with the creation of Waste Management Corporation Limited (WAMCO) with a mandate to provide a sustainable waste management solution throughout the country. In January 2016, WAMCO officially took over waste management for Malé region. This includes the daily transfer of waste from Malé to Thilafushi and the resulting disposal of waste there.

Greater use of WtE incineration has been the preferred means of alleviating the problem, although until recently little had been achieved, with various plans coming and going without success. In September 2019, the government announced that three small incinerators currently based on Thilafushi will be dismantled and rebuilt on islands on other parts of the country. These are tiny, with daily capacity of four tonnes each, and would appear to be part of a move to dispose of waste in situ rather than ship it to Thilafushi, which will of course lose incineration capacity in the meantime. The move should be completed in early 2022.

The move anticipates a more significant development for Thilafushi, which is the construction of a proper WtE facility there. On 23rd May 2019, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) issued a General Procurement Notice for the Greater Malé Waste to Energy Project. The Ministry of Finance, on behalf of Ministry of Environment, has published an Invitation for Prequalification for sealed bids to design, build and operate a waste-to-energy facility at K. Thilafushi (Reference Number: (IUL)13-K/13/2019/148, Project Number: TES/2019/W-073). The deadline for submission of applications was extended from 18th July to 4th August 2019. This contract will be jointly financed by the ADB, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the Japan Fund for Joint Crediting Mechanism. It is expected that the Invitation for Bids will be made in November 2019. Details on the scope of the project are currently not available, but its progress can be tracked on the ADB website here.

2019 has also begun to see some positive developments elsewhere. On 22nd July 2019, the Maldives began generating energy from waste for the first time, through a facility opened in Vandhoo, Raa Atoll. Funded via concessional loan assistance from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Vandhoo Regional Waste Management Centre was established in order to manage waste from the Atolls of Noonu, Raa, Baa and Lhaviyani.