25 April 2013
Managing Editor of Waste Management World magazine
A new report by market analysts Frost & Sullivan has found that investments in the European waste to energy market will be sustained thanks to concerns over rising volumes of municipal solid waste (MSW), decreasing landfill capacity and the considerable rise in resource consumption.
According to the report – European Waste to Energy Plant Market European Union – EU legislation as well as country-specific regulations further encourage the development of waste to energy plants in the region.
The analysts found that the European waste to energy market earned approximately $4.22 billion in 2012 and estimated this to reach $4.94 billion in 2016.
“Waste treatment companies are gradually diverting MSW from landfill sites to use in energy generation owing to regulations on limiting landfills and incentives for lower carbon emissions,” explained Frost & Sullivan energy and environmental research analyst, Monika Chrusciak.
However, the report also said that despite the benefits, the high initial costs of waste to energy treatment solutions may deter potential investors.
Furthermore, the analysts noted that in the past there has been strong public opposition to the installation of new facilities which was major challenge for further market development.
Nevertheless, according to Frost & Sullivan, waste to energy is gaining acceptance as manufacturers build modern units with lower air pollution.
Collaboration among waste management and energy companies to build integrated solutions with separation, incineration and air pollution cleaning segments that lower emission levels, maximise plant performance, and guarantee returns will be crucial for market expansion in Europe, the report found.
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