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EBI News for June 01, 2022 – U.S. paper industry reaches recycling high in 2021

EBI News for June 01, 2022 – The following news section contains the latest stories for the environmental industry. Including, U.S. paper industry reaches recycling high in 2021, acquisitions, and more!

TRC expands Mid-Atlantic presence with Draper Aden

TRC Companies (Windsor, Conn.) is expanding its engineering and design capabilities with the acquisition of Draper Aden Associates (DAA, Blacksburg, Va.). Founded in 1972, DAA is a full-service consulting and engineering firm with locations in Virginia and North Carolina and long-standing client relationships in the Mid-Atlantic region. Draper Aden works with utility companies to support resiliency across their operations, in addition to providing engineering, energy related design and mapping, water and wastewater design services, construction inspection and materials testing, surveying, and environmental services in multiple markets. “DAA brings key client relationships to an important geography along with complementary capabilities that will enable TRC to accelerate the growth of the combined firms,” said Christopher Vincze, chairman and CEO of TRC.


GHD awarded green hydrogen project by PG&E 

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E, San Francisco, Calif.) has awarded GHD (Sydney, Australia) a contract to provide engineering and support services to its Hydrogen to Infinity project in Lodi, Calif. GHD described it as “a major win which cements our reputation in the design and delivery of landmark hydrogen projects as part of our Future Energy initiative.” Hydrogen to Infinity is a comprehensive end-to-end hydrogen feasibility pilot that will study the potential of renewable or “green” hydrogen to be blended into high-pressure natural gas transmission systems, offering PG&E customers a cleaner, lower-carbon energy source. GHD said it would provide preliminary engineering design services to Hydrogen to Infinity, the first in a series of projects that will form the basis of the Northern California Hydrogen Hub. The project promises to close key knowledge gaps, furthering the industry’s ability to accelerate the decarbonization of natural gas systems using hydrogen blending globally.


Generate Capital launches waste-to-value platform and acquires StormFisher Environmental

Generate Capital PBC (San Francisco, Calif.), a sustainable infrastructure investment and operating platform, has launched Generate Upcycle to accelerate its growth and expansion in waste-to-value solutions such as organic waste, recycling, composting and wastewater treatment. Generate Capital also announced acquiring StormFisher Environmental Services Ltd. (London, Ontario), a Canadian developer and operator of energy and water recycling facilities. Stormfisher joins the Generate Upcycle platform. Generate Upcycle has built a fleet of anaerobic digesters in New York, Michigan and Canada that divert food waste from landfills and produce clean electricity, renewable natural gas and organic nutrients. StormFisher brings a leading Canadian waste-to-energy and biogas development team to Generate Upcycle. According to Generate Capital, StormFisher has the largest private organic waste-to-energy biogas facility in Canada, providing food waste recycling to Ontario’s food processors, retailers and municipalities. 


U.S. paper industry reaches recycling high in 2021

An estimated 68% of all paper consumed in the United States was recycled in 2021, according to the American Forest & Paper Assn. This was up from 66% in 2020 and on par with the highest rate previously achieved in 2018. The recycling rate for cardboard (old corrugated containers or OCC) increased to 91% in 2021, up from the 89% in 2020. “Our industry is a leader in sustainability and understands what it means to be a responsible producer,” said AF&PA President and CEO Heidi Brock. “We are investing nearly $5 billion in projects from 2019 through 2024 to use approximately 8 million additional tons of recovered fiber. This reflects a longstanding commitment to invest in manufacturing infrastructure using recycled paper and improve the circular nature of our industry.”


Bureau Veritas and CNC collaborate on raw materials protocol

Climate Neutral Commodity (CNC, Geneva, Switzerland) has defined the first certification standard for carbon-neutral transactions and services in the raw materials industry, and Bureau Veritas (Paris, France) will be the preferred verification body. Climate Neutral Commodity is currently working with commodity producers to certify first cradle-to-gate climate neutral oil and minerals transactions in the Middle East, Asia and Africa; CNC is also collaborating with maritime companies to issue Climate Neutral Services certification for shipping for vessels in Asia and Europe. Climate Neutral Commodity supports the global commodity industry in its transition to carbon-neutrality.


Worley wins carbon capture contract in UK

Worley (Sydney, Australia) has been awarded early front-end engineering services for a carbon capture facility at the Phillips 66 Humber Refinery in the UK. Worley will be working with Phillips 66 Limited to integrate Shell’s carbon capture technology – Cansolv – into the refinery and design the infrastructure required to export CO2 into the proposed transport and storage network. The Humber region produces 40% of the UK’s industrial carbon emissions. Cansolv will be deployed to capture carbon produced in the refinery’s fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) process and has the potential to capture at least 95% of the CO2 in the FCC flue gas, according to Worley. Humber Refinery General Manager Darren Cunningham, lead executive for Phillips 66 in the UK, described the project as “hugely significant” from a technology perspective.


Atlas gains major environmental contract with Los Angeles Metro

Infrastructure and environmental firm Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc. (Austin, Texas) announced that it is one of several firms selected to provide Environmental Capital Construction Support services for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) major transit capital projects. The bench task order contract is valued at $85.90 million. Atlas currently expects to book at least $12 million related to this contract, with the potential for additional bookings as work is released. Atlas will support the handling of environmental waste, hazardous materials, and certain environmental-related construction services, in addition to helping plan, direct and control all sampling of suspected hazardous waste and materials; obtaining regulatory agency permits; and performing advanced mitigation services.


ICF announces multiple climate advisory services contracts

ICF (Fairfax, Va.) announced it was recently awarded multiple new and re-compete contracts to provide climate advisory services to a number of public sector and commercial clients. The contracts fall into two main service categories: climate resilience and decarbonization. Examples of climate resilience project work include helping make energy systems resilient to extreme weather, strengthening transportation infrastructures, and developing climate action plans. Examples of decarbonization project work are supporting clean energy and alternative transportation fuels, and measuring and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Clients extend to various U.S. state and local government agencies, several of the nation’s largest utilities, and global commercial clients. 


Langan acquires Adams Consulting Engineers

Langan Engineering & Environmental Services (Parsippany, N.J.) has acquired Adams Consulting Engineers, Inc. (Dallas). The acquisition, only the second in Langan’s 50-year history, helps accelerate the firm’s growth in Texas, where Langan has operated since 2015 in Houston. Langan now has more than 1,300 employees across 36 offices. All of Adams’ leadership team is joining Langan, which now has four offices and more than 70 employees in Texas.


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