Waste-to-Energy Plants Growing in China
China is all set to speed up the growth rate of global Waste-to-Energy (WTE) plants market and expected to increase its market share up to double by the end of 2018. It is because the numbers of WTE plant installations in China are growing at a fast pace and is expected to continue its growth momentum in the next five years.
According to the recently published TechSci Research report “China Waste-to-Energy Plants Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2018,” the market for WTE is expected to grow at the CAGR of around 18 percent during 2013-18, wherein the thermal WTE plants will continue to be the dominant segment.
The report adds that on the other hand, biological WTE plant’s volume will also be significant as it does not lead to environmental hazardous emissions. Whereas, thermal WTE plants are more popular as they have low cost of plant installation and superior rate of processing waste when compared with biological WTE plants. Amongst thermal WTE plants, incinerators process type of WTE plants has the largest market because of its extensive usage on account of its high waste processing capability.
According to the report, China has a clear focus on increasing the capacity of renewable energy, especially energy from waste. The waste used in WTE plants, also known as municipal solid waste, has been increasing in China, which is creating barrier in infrastructural development of the country. On the other hand, it is the most important resource for the generation of energy, which is abundantly available in the country. As a result, China has become a country producing the highest volume of waste.
The negative effects of land filling is being felt by the Chinese government and to combat these issues, they are taking measures, which includes installation of more than 100 waste-to-energy plants in their 12th five-year plan, ending by 2015.
“As China is the biggest manufacturing hub where leading giants have established their production units in the country, it leads to enormous demand for energy in running the smooth operations. As a result, energy consumption requirement in the country is abundant, which is leading to the rising WTE plant installations in the country,” said Karan Chechi, research director with TechSci Research, a research based global management consulting firm.
“Additionally, Chinese government’s supportive investment schemes such as Build-Operate-Transfer and Build–Operate-Own are all set to flourish the WTE plant installations volume in the next five years.”
“China Waste-to-Energy Plants Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2018” has evaluated the future growth potential of China’s WTE plants market and provides statistics and information on market structure, consumer behavior trends. The report also identifies and analyzes the emerging trends along with essential drivers, challenges and opportunities available in WTE plants market in China.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.