Continued Progress For SAF Through Landmark Agreements

With the need to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels ever more pressing, DHL has confirmed new strategic collaborations with bp and Neste, to provide more than 800 million litres of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to DHL Express within the next five years, with the new agreements forming one of the largest SAF deals in aviation to date. Over the next five years, Neste will supply DHL with approximately 400 million litres of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel. The agreement is Neste’s largest for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to-date and one of the largest SAF agreements in the aviation industry.

Neste and DHL have been working together since 2020 making Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel available for DHL’s operations. In 2020, DHL Express became the first cargo operator to use Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel on flights departing from San Francisco International Airport and Amsterdam Airport. In 2021 DHL and Neste extended that cooperation to provide Neste’s SAF for DHL Express’ hub at the UK’s East Midlands airport.

In its Sustainability Roadmap, Deutsche Post DHL Group has committed to using 30% of SAF blending for all air transport by 2030. Neste’s SAF is produced from sustainably sourced, 100% renewable waste and residue raw materials. It can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80%, in its neat form and over the life cycle, compared to the fossil jet fuel it replaces, thereby significantly reducing DP-DHL’s carbon footprint.

As a drop-in fuel, Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel can be used with existing aircraft engines and airport fuel infrastructure, requiring no extra investment. With the ongoing expansion of Neste’s Singapore refinery and modification to its Rotterdam refinery, Neste will have an annual production capacity for sustainable aviation fuel of approximately 1.875 billion litres by the end of 2023.

Search for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) projects in AcuComm’s Waste Contract Finder Database here.

Strategic Overviews of the Latest Industry Activity

Each month, AcuComm publishes its New Investment Review series of six complimentary reports which each 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.

To access these reports, please follow:  https://acucomm.net/new_investment_review

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 9,500+ waste and bioenergy projects around the world.

If you would like to find out more, please contact Rob Thompson on 44 (0)7399 863 765 or e-mail him at [email protected]

The US Waste Investment Sector

In February 2022, AcuComm published ‘The US Waste Investment Sector: A Brief Overview’, which looks at Waste Generation & Treatment, Waste Industry Drivers, Waste Investment Trends and Investment Locations.

The report draws on the wealth of data generated by AcuComm from its WasteView Contract Finder database which tracks global waste project developments. The database now covers almost 10,000 facilities from project conception through to commissioning. All sectors of the waste industry are monitored, including landfill, waste-to-energy, recycling and biogas.

In 2018, the US generated an estimated 292 million tons of waste, the majority of which was sent to landfill. Around a quarter was recycled, while comparatively little was used for waste-to-energy – a sector than remains underdeveloped in the US.

US 2018 data 2022 report

The full report can be viewed here.

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.

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]