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.

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

Waste-to-Energy New Investment Review

In May 2021, AcuComm reported on 7 new waste-to-energy projects with a cumulative value of US$581 million. These projects, in China, Japan, Sweden and Thailand, will bring 99 MW of new energy capacity online. Total waste throughput for these projects will be 1.1 million tonnes per annum.

Over the 12-month period (June 2020 to May 2021),  AcuComm reported a total of 89 new waste-to-energy projects valued at US$22.8 billion. Over the 12-month period, investment in the new projects covered was largely concentrated in Russia, China, Japan, Poland and the UK.

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

NIR WtE May 21

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]

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]

Waste-to-Energy New Investment Review

In April 2021, AcuComm added five new waste-to-energy (WtE) projects with a cumulative value of US$512 million to its WasteView Contract Finder database. These projects, located in Australia, India, Nigeria and Norway, are due to start operating in 2025 or later when they will bring 113 MW of new energy capacity online. Total waste throughput for these five projects will be 2.2 million tonnes per annum.

Value of New Projects by Operational Status US$mn (April 2021)

NIR WtE2 April 21

Over the 12-month period (May 2020 to April 2021),  AcuComm covered a total of 94 new WtE projects, valued at US$23.6 billion. Over the 12-month period, investment in the new projects covered was largely concentrated in Russia, China, Japan, Poland and the UK.

Top 5 Countries by Investment Value in US$mn (May 2020 to April 2021)

NIR WtE April 21

Each month, AcuComm presents this headline data in its Waste-to-Energy 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]

New Investment Review: Waste-to-Energy

In March 2021, AcuComm added three new waste-to-energy (WtE) projects with a cumulative value of US$284 million to its WasteView Contract Finder database. These projects, located in Poland and Thailand, are due to start operating in 2025 or later when they will bring 62 MW of new energy capacity online. Over the 12-month period (April 2020 to March 2021),  AcuComm covered a total of 103 new WtE projects, valued at US$24.6 billion.

NIR WtE March 21

Each month, AcuComm presents this headline data in its Waste-to-Energy 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]

New Investment Review: Waste-to-Energy

In February 2021, AcuComm reported on seven new waste-to-energy projects valued at a cumulative value of over US$1 billion. These projects, in locations as diverse as Italy, Japan, the UK, Fiji, Vietnam and Greenland, are due to start operating over the 2022-2025 period when they will bring 184 MW of new energy capacity online. Over the 12-month period (March 2020 to February 2021),  a total of 108 new projects were reported, valued at US$21.8 billion.

Each month, AcuComm presents this headline data in its Waste-to-Energy New Investment Review, one of a series of five 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.

The data is extracted from AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder, its  proprietary database of 8,500+ waste and bioenergy projects around the world. The New Investment Review series taps into this wealth of information to provide a unique perspective on how these key sectors are developing.

If you would like to find out how to receive a copy, please contact either:

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

Oliwia / 44 (0)7399 863 806 / [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]

 

 

Where now for waste in the UK?

The UK general election held on December 12th has produced the first stable majority government in the country since 2010, and the first such Conservative majority government since the mid 1990s. That prospect may of course thrill you or leave you deeply apprehensive. But one fact is inescapable; with a parliamentary majority of 80, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has an opportunity to reshape policy over the next five years, in more or less whatever way he wishes.

What might the effects of this be for the waste management industry? In the near and medium term, I suspect quite limited. The Conservative manifesto for the election makes only a handful of references:

‘We will continue to lead the world in tackling plastics pollution, both in the UK and internationally, and will introduce a new levy to increase the proportion of recyclable plastics in packaging. We will introduce extended producer responsibility, so that producers pay the full costs of dealing with the waste they produce, and boost domestic recycling. We will ban the export of plastic waste to non-OECD countries, consulting with industry, NGOs and local councils on the date by which this should be achieved.

‘…We will increase penalties for fly-tipping, make those on community sentences clean up their parks and streets, and introduce a deposit return scheme to incentivise people to recycle plastic and glass.’

Recycling and better use of plastics heads the field. None of these proposals is new, and many of the details have yet to be fleshed out. It will be interesting to see which, if any, of these, will be covered in the next Queen’s Speech (which, while neither binding nor necessarily comprehensive, details the government’s legislative agenda for the coming year) due in the coming days.

There’s clear commercial opportunity here for anyone involved in the plastics recycling industry, in two principal ways. Firstly, the promotion of greater recycling should spur the development of technologies to this end, in manufacturing, sorting and recycling of plastics.

Secondly, the government has flagged greater controls on exports of plastic waste, with a proposed ban on shipments to developing countries. This is in line with developments under the UN Basel Convention, which I looked at the other day. (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/lucky-97-basel-amendment-andy-crofts/) To date, the UK has shipped a lot of plastic waste abroad, to China until 2018 and thence to a range of countries in Asia and Africa. If this trade stops, then this provides a strong incentive for the development of greater domestic capacity. This driver is not UK -specific, but global; for example, I recently looked at Brightmark, a company looking to do just this in the USA. (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/making-plastic-waste-valuable-turn-fuel-andy-crofts/). The opportunities are becoming global.

So much for plastics, what about the wider waste industry? In the past few years it has become harder to build new Waste-to-Energy plants in the UK. This follows a decade or more where new WtE was seen as the best replacement for landfill. The government cut funding for investment projects a couple of years back, citing the achievement of its landfill reduction aims. You can agree with that or not, but this has, I think, tended to lead to a drive for larger facilities with greater economies of scale and therefore greater likelihood of profitable commercial operation. This in turn brings greater risks in negotiating an already lengthy planning process. One such project is the 500,000 tonne per year facility planned in Andover, Hampshire, where a planning decision is due in 2020. Other plants have already been cancelled on planning grounds, such as Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, where a 350,000 tonne plant was due to be built by Veolia, but was refused planning in February 2019.

I wouldn’t expect the new government to rush to change this harder approach to the WtE sector. It is keen to burnish its green credentials – a slightly surprising ban on fracking was announced earlier this year – and greater investment in large WtE projects probably doesn’t fit that agenda, however unfair this may be to the modern technologies now employed.

What will happen then? It may well be that small is beautiful. One new British company caught my eye recently. Heru is based in Stratford-upon-Avon, and is developing a series of small-scale WtE units that can potentially be used by businesses or even domestic homes to dispose of waste and generate power from it. Questions remain to be answered about cost-effectiveness and energy efficiency, but on paper such an approach looks game-changing if the numbers can be made to work. Test plants are in operation, with a six month trial concluding in September this year. A WtE plant in every home? It’s an intriguing idea.

And I haven’t even mentioned Brexit. Sterling rallied on news of the Conservative victory, and there is now the prospect of a more stable and orderly UK exit from the EU beginning next month. Quite where that transition will end up is open to question, but business planners will be glad to put the political horror show of the past couple of years behind them. The short term effects of Brexit on the waste sector should be muted. Trade in waste products between the UK and EU will continue, following agreements reached over a year ago, and fears of logistical difficulties at the ports will surely now recede as Johnson’s EU deal passes the new parliament in the coming weeks. In the longer term, there is scope for the UK to develop environmental approaches which differ from the EU. This is unlikely to be a political priority, however, and if it does happen will more likely be in areas of conservation unrelated to the waste sector.

Andy Crofts – Chief Analyst, AcuComm