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EBI News for April 28, 2021- Growth in the Renewable Energy Market

EBI News for April 28, 2021. The following section contains the latest news stories in the environmental industry. Including, acquisitions, growth in the renewable energy market, and more!


SWCA acquires Sycamore Environmental in California

SWCA Environmental Consultants (Phoenix, Ariz.) has strengthened its ability to serve clients throughout the West by acquiring Sycamore Environmental Consultants (Sacramento, Calif.). Sycamore provides environmental permitting support to the public and private sectors, and specializes in projects related to public infrastructure, transportation, transmission lines and pipelines, and renewable energy. Sycamore’s team of biologists and planners has expertise in botany, wildlife biology, wetland delineation, restoration, arboriculture, planning, permitting, GPS data capture, CAD mapping, and GIS analysis. The acquisition also deepens SWCA’s roster of technical and scientific experts, particularly CEQA/NEPA experts, planners, and biologists. “Sycamore has been a leader in northern California since 1991, and we’re thrilled to welcome them to SWCA,” said SWCA CEO Joseph J. Fluder, III.

Recycling industry contributes $116 billion to U.S. economy

The U.S. recycling industry contributes $116 billion in economic output to the national economy, according to preliminary data released in April by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). “As the world recovers from a global pandemic, the resilience of the recycling industry once again shines through with a total economic output that is up 6.4 percent compared with pre-pandemic levels,” said ISRI President Robin Wiener. The new study by John Dunham and Associates also finds that the U.S. recycling industry is directly responsible for more than 159,000 jobs, with an additional 346,499 jobs indirectly supported by the industry through suppliers and services. ISRI will release the full economic impact report in May.

Americas to lead global energy storage market by 2025

The Americas will overtake the Asia Pacific by 2025 to lead the global energy storage market, with a total capacity of 371 GWh in 2030, according to Wood Mackenzie; most of this growth will come from the United States. China will place second (150 GWh), while Japan will sit third (25 GWh) by the end of the decade. Though Asia Pacific led the global storage market last year, growth has mainly relied on pilots, government subsidies and grid interconnection requirements over the past decade, and without strong policy support it will be difficult to scale up the front-of-the-meter segment across the region, Wood Mackenzie reported. The United States tripled storage installations in 2020, accounting for 38% of new capacity. Approximately $5.4 billion of new investment was committed to storage projects across the world last year.

GZA acquires Ecosystem Consulting

GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc. (Norwood, Mass.) has acquired Ecosystem Consulting Service (Coventry, Conn.), a specialist in applied limnology, the study of freshwater ecosystems. Ecosystem Consulting has developed natural solutions for preventing cyanobacteria and other algal blooms, controlling invasive plant and fish species, and solving taste, odor, safety, and quality issues in drinking water. ECS President Dr. Robert W. Kortmann will become a senior consultant at GZA.

EA awarded Delaware environmental contract

EA Engineering, Science, and Technology Inc., PBC (EA, Hunt Valley, Md.) has been awarded a contract for environmental investigation and remediation services by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. The on-call contract is for three years with a total potential period of performance of five years. EA’s Newark office will manage the contract, providing broad-based technical support at hazardous substance release sites, including planning, investigation, design, remediation, and long-term monitoring. Remediation and investigation services will also be provided at underground and aboveground storage tank sites. EA’s experience in Delaware includes more than 450 projects valued at over $40 million, according to Kathy Fox, the firm’s Delaware operations manager.

Hydro Solutions joins Dewberry

Dewberry (Fairfax, Va.) announced the acquisition of Hydro Solutions Consulting LLC (Lakeland, Fla.), a 20-person environmental and civil engineering consulting firm with three locations in Florida. Operating as Dewberry Hydro, the firm’s existing leadership and staff will continue to deliver a “one water” platform through water infrastructure, permitting, utilities visioning, natural systems, and geospatial and mapping to clients in state and local markets. “As Florida has advanced to a ‘one water’ platform for planning and engineering, we saw this as a strategic opportunity to expand our water practice in Florida and the southeast,” said Dewberry Chief Operating Officer Dan Pleasant.

PowerVerde completes merger with 374Water for PFAS system

PowerVerde Inc. (Miami, Fla.), an energy systems developer, and cleantech company 374Water Inc. (Durham, N.C.) have completed their merger to accelerate delivery of a waste and water resource recovery system that addresses PFAS contamination. 374Water’s patent-pending supercritical water oxidation system (AirSCWO) treats waste at source and recovers resources while eliminating PFAS and other emerging contaminants. The technology uses an advanced oxidation method that purifies a variety of organic wastes, in particular wet wastes in concentrated slurries. 374Water shareholders will own approximately 49% of the combined company and PowerVerde shareholders approximately 34%.

Tetra Tech wins $36M USACE flood risk reduction contract

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded Tetra Tech Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.) a six-year, multiple-award contract to assess and manage flood risks, reduce coastal erosion, and restore ecosystems. Tetra Tech will undertake site characterization studies, biological surveys, and engineering designs to improve the resilience of navigation channels and shorelines. Using predictive modeling and advanced analytics, Tetra Tech will design innovative structural and non-structural resilient infrastructure solutions, such as living shorelines and sustainable marshes and wetlands to reduce impacts from storm events.

CO2Sight supports utilities, governments with predictive analytics

ICF (Fairfax, Va.) has launched CO?Sight, a proprietary strategic planning and analytics platform to help utilities and government agencies plan for decarbonization and carbon emission commitments. CO?Sight is a flexible platform combining predictive models and ICF’s experience in the energy sector with multisectoral approaches for climate planning. “From customer behavior to renewables to weather and climate-related impacts, utility executives need a clear view into how external forces are affecting every aspect of their business and system operations as well as their net-zero commitments,” said Anne Choate, ICF senior vice president and energy, environment and infrastructure group lead.

ERM acquires sustainability-consulting firm Sustainalize

ERM (London, UK) has acquired Sustainalize (Utrecht, The Netherlands), a sustainability-consulting firm with offices in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. The acquisition expands ERM’s sustainability consulting capabilities in continental Europe. Sustainalize works with businesses on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. Founded in 2010, the 30-person company has a client base of nearly 200 organizations.

B&V to design advanced water purification system in California

The city of Palo Alto has selected Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kansas) to design an advanced water purification system (AWPS) as part of an agreement to expand water reuse in Santa Clara County. The AWPS will be at the city’s Regional Water Quality Control Plant which treats wastewater from six communities and will employ microfiltration or ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis membrane technologies to reduce the total dissolved solids concentration of the city’s recycled water supply. “Water reuse – in this case, purifying treated wastewater – creates a drought-proof supply that is desperately needed in areas where water is increasingly scarce and in high demand,” said Daniel Lopez, senior project manager with Black & Veatch.

Bureau Veritas accelerates growth in renewable energy market

Testing, inspection and certification services organization Bureau Veritas (Paris, France) announced the acquisition of Bradley Construction Management (Dallas, Texas), a company offering project and construction management services for the renewable energy sector. Established in 2013, Bradley specializes in on-site construction management for independent power producers with a focus on utility scale clean energy. The company, which has supported the development of more than 10,000 MW of renewable projects in the United States, employs 50 full-time individuals and posted revenues of approximately $13 million in 2020.

Alliance acquires O’Brien & Gere’s air testing and monitoring assets

Align Capital Partners’ environmental testing and compliance platform, Alliance Technical Group LLC (Decatur, Ala.), completed its tenth add-on acquisition with the purchase of the air testing and monitoring assets of O’Brien & Gere (Ramboll Air Testing and Monitoring), a division of Ramboll (Copenhagen, Denmark). The division provides stack testing and ambient air monitoring services throughout the Northeastern and Midwestern United States. Also in April, Alliance acquired Emission Monitoring Service Inc. (EMSI, Houston), a provider of leak detection and repair (LDAR) services. With the acquisition of EMSI, Alliance says it becomes one of the largest LDAR providers in the United States.

Parametrix grows geomatics and survey practice

Parametrix (Seattle, Wash.), a 100-percent employee-owned engineering, planning, and environmental sciences firm, has acquired survey and mapping firm Pacific Geomatic Services (Mukilteo, Wash.). Established in 2001, Pacific Geomatic specializes in bathymetry, land, environmental, and surveys for public and private clients throughout the Pacific Northwest. The acquisition increases the depth of Parametrix’s geomatics and survey practice and adds additional survey professionals to the firm’s Puget Sound survey team.

Solaris issues sustainability-linked bonds

Solaris Water (Houston) has issued $400 million in senior unsecured notes in a “landmark issuance,” pioneering the first sustainability-linked bond (SLB) in the produced water infrastructure industry, according to the company. “We have been a pioneer in developing recycling infrastructure in the Permian Basin, and this sustainability-linked feature of the Notes recognizes Solaris Water’s long-term leadership in full-cycle produced water management,” said Solaris Water President and Chief Operating Officer Amanda Brock.

Michelin validates use of enzymatic recycling technology

Multinational tire manufacturer Michelin and green chemistry partner Carbios (Clermont-Ferrand, France) have announced a major step towards 100% sustainable tires, with Michelin validating the use of Carbios’ enzymatic recycling technology for PET1 plastic waste in its tires. Conventional thermomechanical recycling processes for complex plastics do not achieve the PET high-performance grade required for pneumatic applications. However, the monomers resulting from Carbios’ enzymatic process made it possible to obtain a high tenacity fiber meeting Michelin’s tire requirement, according to a news release. Every year, 1.6 billion car tires are sold worldwide; PET fibers used in these tires represent 800,000 tonnes of PET per year. When applied to Michelin, this represents nearly 3 billion plastic bottles per year that could be recycled into technical fibers for use in the company’s tires.

McKinsey launches sustainability platform

McKinsey (New York, N.Y.) has launched McKinsey Sustainability, a client-service platform to help industry reach net zero by 2050 and cut carbon emissions by half by 2030. McKinsey says it will invest in the creation of climate and energy transition thought-leadership, building on its work on carbon cost curves which began in 2007 with its first report on greenhouse gas abatement and continuing with the 2020 McKinsey Global Institute report on climate risk and response.


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