With Global waste-to-energy market to proliferate through 2016 - Is the US Poised to Prosper?

Posted on March 28, 2014
Posted By: Shlomi Palas

According to new analysis released in January by Frost & Sullivan, the global waste to energy (WTE) market earned revenues of $17.98 billion in 2012 and will rocket up to $28.57 billion in 2016. More waste-to-energy plants are likely to be created in China, the United Kingdom, Central and Eastern Europe (especially Poland), and India, due in part to higher population densities.

The global shift from coal and nuclear power to renewable energy in order to lower carbon dioxide emission and ensure energy security is also giving a boost to the WTE plant market. While WTE plants in some geographies are already well-developed and in the process of being modernized to comply with local emission standards, other regions have only just begun installing WTE plants and gaining investor interest.

We believe the US is poised to follow suit in this global boom. It is a slow adopter to date, since the US is not suffering from shortage in energy and the energy prices in the US are low. The US also has ample land for landfills, and historically has had fewer restrictions on land use than regions like Europe. The W2E market in the US is driven by the need to change the waste management practices and consequently the related regulation. The new growth for WTE will occur as different states in the US are moving very quickly in the direction of setting up new legislations for the following issues:

  • - Shutting off landfills,
  • - Limitation on the organic waste which is allowed to be discharged to landfills (all the North East States),
  • - Separation of organic waste (either at source or separation systems)
  • - New requirement for animal manure treatment
  • - The Frost & Sulliver report is relying on studies which were written in earlier years, before this new management approach and legislation has been adopted in the US.
  • - It is already proven that this new approach and legislation implemented by the Federal and State governments is leading to dramatic increase in organic waste discharge cost and making the W2E industry highly viable.

These developments would lead for a quick and long term growth of the W2E industry in the U.S. In fact, our own project is scheduled to break ground in the US in 2014. We are proud to be in the best position to help the US become the key player in waste-to-energy.

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Mr. Shlomi Palas, CEO, is a clean-tech executive and entrepreneur with a large network in private and government sectors in North and South America, Europe, China and Africa. Prior to Blue Sphere, he was a business entrepreneur in the biodiesel industry, carrying out activities in China, Brazil and Africa. Earlier, as a Senior Partner at Mitzuv, a leading management consulting firm, Mr. Palas worked in China with the IFC (International

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Fred Linn says

Germany is WAY ahead of the US on this technology----both in adoption and in manufacturing and export complete systems.

April, 02 2014

Malcolm Rawlingson says

I agree with you again Fred (this is becoming a good habit).

The UK has been doing this for many years as have most jurisdictions in Europe. These are small nations and they ran out of convenient holes in the ground years ago. The only solution was to reduce the volume by incineration and do something with the ash. I think they make building blocks with it as well as produce energy.

This is old hat. Japan also with the same space problem, has been doing this for years.

Not new at all and many companies in Europe have this technology and it is more advanced than what I have seen in North America.


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