Growth seen for industrial waste to energy

Survey predicts more than doubling in market by 2006, driven by legal pressure on landfilling

The European market for incineration of industrial and hazardous wastes with energy recovery will more than double by 2006, according to a report by international marketing consultancy Frost & Sullivan. The introduction of bans on waste landfilling plus stricter enforcement of laws on dumping are expected to be the "key motors" behind this trend. The company last year predicted similar growth in Europe's much larger municipal waste incineration market, for similar reasons (ENDS Daily 4 October 1999).

Frost & Sullivan's new report estimates 1999 industrial and hazardous waste-to-energy market capacity at 4.6m tonnes and about 90 plants. The main wastes burned are sewage and de-inking sludges, chemical and hazardous wastes, and industrial solid wastes such as tyres. It predicts market growth from estimated 1999 revenues of US$40.8m (euros 43.9m) to US$105.8m by 2006. Spain and Portugal are seen as the key markets for growth over this period, while Germany's current 75% revenue share is forecast to fall.

Follow Up:
Frost & {Sullivan}, tel: +44 20 79 15 78 24. "The European Industrial and Hazardous Waste-to-Energy Plant Market" retails at euros 3,950.

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