Environmental Business Journal Archives

EBJ Vol XXIV No 10: The Water Industry

EBJ presents its annual analysis of the $136-billion U.S. water industry. Interviews and comments by leader and innovators in consulting & engineering, equipment manufacturing and supply and analysts, complement results of EBJ surveys and market analysis from both EBJ's databases of Water Equipment & Chemical companies and Consulting & Engineering firms.

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EBJ Vol XXIV No 09: Infrastructure Markets

EBJ presents its first dedicated edition to infrastructure and the markets and demand for environmental products and services that result from developments in its various segments. The five basic categories of infrastructure covered are energy, water, communications, transportation, and waste & recycling and experts and industry participants are interviewed in each, although EBJ places emphasis in feature reviews on power, ports, and transportation with a dedicated water edition following. The U.S. lacks sufficient attributes in its infrastructure and funding apparatus to garner even a passing grade in global ratings by analysts, indicating both tremendous needs and potential for growth in U.S. infrastructure markets, but not without significant structural obstacles to overcome. Globally, power rates highest as a market in terms of growth prospects, with water and transportation clear second and third.

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EBJ Vol XXIV No 07 & 08: Environmental Industry Overview

EBJ presents its annual statistical breakdown on the 14 segments of the U.S. environmental industry with 2008, 2009, and 2010 revenues and growth. Survey results, survey opinions and interviews with executives identify growth areas in client categories and services, changes in margins and business approach in 2011 and key concerns for environmental industry executives face in the market today. A general industry and statistical overview is followed by dedicated reviews of the environmental testing, hazardous waste management and recycling/resource recovery segments. Features include a report on the booming opportunities in shale gas development, Q&As with seven consulting firms, cleantech investment trends, how utilities are preparing for new air regs and EBJ's Andy Paterson on the view from Washington.

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EBJ Vol XXIV No 06: Sustainable Cities

EBJ profiles the sustainable city movement, how governments and associations are setting standards, creating educational tools and establishing and disseminating best practices, and how consultants and service providers are filling the gaps in planning, design and execution. Local governments represented $5 billion in billings by U.S. environmental consultants in 2010 and while water and wastewater account for the majority, specialty services relating to sustainability are a growing portion. On the sustainability front, the urban environment is perhaps the ideal setting in which to see how the concept of sustainability can and must work. As one municipal sustainability director points out in this issue, cities have unique opportunities to put sustainability into practice by establishing building and land use codes, transportation plans, managing substantial mobile and stationary assets, and planning for growth.

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EBJ Vol XXIV No 05: M&A Trends and Consolidation 2011

EBJ re-visits the merger & acquisition scene in the environmental industry and finds activity picking up in the post-recession climate for strategic, market and financial reasons. Both strategic acquirers and venture or private equity buyers have plenty of cash or capital to invest, and expect much higher returns from private companies than any conservative invetment would offer. Environmental markets are seen as relatively stable compared to others more prone to up-and-down cycles, and strategic players are limited in their options to pursue growth. This combination leads experts to predict that M&A activity in the environmental industry in 2011 will top 2009 and 2010 by a considerable margin and approach high-water marks of 2007-2008.

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EBJ Vol XXIV No 03 & 04: Remediation & Redevelopment

EBJ's annual analysis of the remediation business features market growth and forecasts by client sectors, trends in market drivers and technology applications, company profiles and features on brownfields and state programs.

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