Waste To Energy (WTE) Market Report

Waste To Energy (WTE) Market Analysis By Technology (Thermal (Incineration, Gasification, Pyrolysis), Biological) And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2024

  • Published Date: Nov, 2016
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2015
  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-319-5
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2015
  • Number of Pages: 95

WTE Market Size and Trends

The global waste to energy (WTE) market size was USD 25.0 billion in 2015 and is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period. Increasing demand for renewable sources is anticipated to propel the global waste to energy market over the forecast period. A shift in focus towards substitutes such as coal with renewable resources to reduce carbon content is also projected to play a vital role in shaping the industry.

Global waste to energy (WTE) market revenue by technology, 2014 - 2024 (USD Million)

Global waste to energy (WTE) market

Increasing domestic and industrial waste has prompted governments across various regions to promote energy generation from waste. Favorable government regulations in the form of tax benefits and financial incentives have had a positive influence on the growth. Growing environmental concerns for the use of non-renewable resources is expected to further complement the growth.

The growth of recycling industry across various developed regions such as U.S., Germany, The Netherlands and Japan is expected to drive the WTE projects in the near future. Lack of awareness regarding WTE benefits particularly in developing economies of Central & North Africa is expected to inhibit the growth. Incineration is a major technology deployed across WTE plants. Biological technologies are expected to gain significant market share over the forecast period.

Technological advancements in energy generation to improve the efficiency of yield from waste is expected to act favorably for industry players. Globally, the companies have adopted WTE techniques to reduce their waste produced and parallelly generate captive energy. Methane gas emission from landfills due to waste decomposition is a key concern for using landfilling as a mean of waste management. Increasing landfilling prices is anticipated to augment the growth.

Technology Insights

The thermal segment accounted for the largest share in 2015 and was valued at USD 1,772.8 million in 2015. Thermal technology is a widely used form of generation through waste. It is relatively a simple process coupled with ease of operations. It is a major factor driving the thermal WTE technology growth. Incineration thermal technology is expected to have a significant share over the coming years.

Global thermal waste to energy (WTE) market revenue by technology, 2014 - 2024 (USD Million)

Global thermal waste to energy (WTE) market

Health concerns due to emission of flue gasses via thermal WTE technology has been a major challenge for the industry over the recent past. Biological technologies are used for anaerobic decomposition of solid waste to generate energy. Biological technologies are expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period owing to its potential in developing markets.

Regional Insights

Europe WTE market led the global industry in 2015. The region is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.2% over the forecast period. Stringent regulations to minimize the industrial waste is expected to boost the growth in the region. Countries such as Germany, Austria and Netherlands have adopted WTE technologies to utilize industrial waste.

Global waste to energy (WTE) market revenue by region, 2015 (USD Million)

Global waste to energy (WTE) market

Asia Pacific is projected to account for the second largest share of the market. China and India carry a huge potential for growth owing to increasing industrial and residential waste. Rapid industrialization coupled with growing importance for renewable energy generation is expected to drive the regional growth over the forecast period.

Competitive Market Share Insights

The leading companies operating in the global WTE market are involved in plant facilities and technological developments to increase the waste management across various nations. C&G Environmental Protection Holdings Ltd.and Waste Management Inc., is involved in investing plant facilities offering waste management solution.

Few companies are into vertical integration in order to strengthen the services. The companies are involved in expansion of their facilities to increase their waste solution capabilities. Key players operating in this industry include Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC, Covanta Energy Corp., Foster Wheeler A.G., Constructions Industrielles de la Mediterranee., Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc.,and Xcel Energy Inc.

WTE Report Scope



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2014 - 2015

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2016 - 2024

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Market Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts volume and revenue growth and provides an analysis on the industry trends in each of the sub-markets from 2014 to 2024. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the waste to energy market on the basis oftechnology and region:

  • Technology Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2024)
    • Thermal
      • Incineration
      • Pyrolysis
      • Gasification
    • Biological
  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2024)
    • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • Europe
      • UK
      • Germany
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • Japan
      • India
    • Central & South America (CSA)
    • Middle East & Africa (MEA)
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