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EBI News for November 01, 2023 – TRC to participate in DOE’s clean hydrogen hub

EBI News for November 01, 2023 – The following news section contains the latest stories for the environmental industry. Including, TRC to participate in DOE’s clean hydrogen hub, acquisitions, and more!

Langan announces partnership with Towerbrook Capital 

Langan Engineering & Environmental Services (Parsippany, N.J.) announced that TowerBrook Capital Partners is making a minority investment in the company. Langan’s management and employee shareholders will maintain majority ownership and control. The partnership aligns with Langan’s strategy to propel growth by benefitting from TowerBrook’s financial and business operations expertise. “Over the years, many investors have expressed great interest in Langan, and we have evaluated multiple options during this process. We found TowerBrook’s reputation and resources best suited to help Langan achieve our strategic goals,” said Langan President and CEO David T. Gockel.


TRC to participate in DOE’s clean hydrogen hub

TRC Companies Inc. (Windsor, Conn.) has been selected to participate in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) multi-state clean hydrogen hub. TRC is part of the Appalachian Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub (ARCH2) consortium chosen by the DOE Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations to negotiate for award to establish a clean hydrogen hub in Appalachia. ARCH2 will leverage regional resources to build a clean hydrogen hub that can scale and integrate into a national clean H2 network. The Appalachian region is considered ideal for a clean hydrogen hub due to its access to ample low-cost natural gas feedstock, high industrial demand, workforce and technology capability, and carbon sequestration potential. Battelle will serve as the program manager leading a team that includes GTI Energy, Allegheny Science & Technology, and TRC.


Trinity Consultants acquires Waid Environmental 

Trinity Consultants (Dallas), a global environmental consulting firm, has acquired Waid Environmental (Austin, Texas), an engineering and environmental services firm specializing in air quality, emissions control, permitting, and compliance. Waid Environmental is expected to strengthen Trinity’s expertise in air quality and environmental compliance for Texas clients. The acquisition is also expected to further strengthen Trinity’s prominence in EHS. The Waid leadership team will remain intact, and the teams will merge their offices in both Houston and Austin. Waid has been in business since 1978 and has 25 employees.


Environmental Systems Group announces third acquisition

Environmental Systems Group (Baton Rouge, La.), an environmental services platform, announced the acquisition of ELOS Environmental (Hammond, La.), a provider of environmental consulting services in natural resources, GIS and mapping, cultural resources, industrial hygiene, waste management and disaster recovery. As Environmental Systems’ third acquisition, ELOS will expand the platform’s environmental service offerings and geographic presence in the Gulf Coast region. Bernhard Capital Partners established Environmental Systems Group in July 2022 to build a one-stop-shop for environmental and technology-enabled solutions across a range of industries. Previous acquisitions were KC Harvey, an environmental and natural resources consulting firm, and BEM Systems, an environmental consulting, engineering and information management firm.


Arcadis announces Q3 trading update

Arcadis (Amsterdam, Netherlands) reported continued strong growth for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023. Net revenues totaled €932 million and increased organically by 9%. According to Arcadis’ CEO Alan Brookes, growth was driven by “continued client demand particularly in environmental remediation, energy transition and innovative mobility solutions…  The need for sustainable and digitally enabled solutions remains high on our clients’ agenda.” Arcadis’ Resilience business, one of the company’s Global Business Areas, was described as “very strong” driven by the United States, UK and Germany, with demand remaining high for work in climate adaptation, PFAS and energy transition across markets. In the Mobility Global Business Area, organic revenue growth was described as very strong in the quarter driven by North America and Europe, especially Germany. In the third quarter, organic backlog growth was 5.4% year-on-year.


IEA reports energy world set to change significantly by 2030

According to the 2023 edition of IEA’s World Energy Outlook (WEO), the global energy system in 2030 will feature almost 10 times as many electric cars on the road worldwide; solar PV generating more electricity than the entire U.S. power system does currently; and renewables’ share of the global electricity mix nearing 50%, up from around 30% today. The report also predicts that heat pumps and other electric heating systems will be outselling fossil fuel boilers globally; and three times as much investment will be going into new offshore wind projects than into new coal- and gas-fired power plants. However, despite the impressive clean energy growth based on today’s policy settings, global emissions would remain high enough to push up global average temperatures by around 2.4 °C this century. “Bending the emissions curve onto a path consistent with 1.5 °C remains possible but very difficult.” 


Sublime Systems receives life cycle assessment

Sublime Systems (Somerville, Mass.), developer of a fossil-fuel-free “drop-in” replacement for traditional cement in concrete, announced a screening life cycle assessment (LCA) validating its process can eliminate more than 90% of the global warming potential (GWP) of cement manufacturing compared to ordinary portland cement (OPC). Climate Earth, a provider of environmental product declarations (EPDs) for the concrete industry, conducted the LCA, which found Sublime’s manufacturing process resulted in a GWP of 72 kg CO2/tonne for a 100% Sublime Cement blend compared to 922 kg CO2/tonne GWP found in the EPD for industry-wide average OPC in the United States. Sublime’s LCA also showed reduced acidification and eutrophication potentials without increased water consumption, reflecting a lower environmental footprint and permitting timeline.


Weston supports Navajo Nation water program

Employee-owned Weston Solutions Inc. (West Chester, Pa.) has won a contract to deliver services for the Navajo Nation Pilot Potable Water Delivery Program for the Navajo Engineering and Construction Authority. Weston will help expand existing services and help the Navajo Nation develop consistent water hauling practices to ensure that the water delivered to homes is safe. Weston has teamed with Dinetahdoo Cultural Resource Management (DCRM), a Navajo- and woman-owned small business, and with Navajo-led nonprofits DigDeep and Collective Medicine. Weston will develop water and delivery equipment testing processes and train DCRM and DigDeep personnel, in addition to building data management, delivery routing, vehicle tracking, and GIS-based dashboard and reporting systems.


Leidos to lead climate sustainability and resilience strategies for DOD

Leidos (Reston, Va.) was recently awarded a Strategic Climate Sustainability and Resilience Services contract by the U.S. Department of Defense. The contract has a 12-month base period followed by four 12-month option periods and could be worth as much as $100 million. Under the contract, Leidos will bring together experts in climate science, mitigation and adaptation to integrate climate resilience into the DOD’s core functions. The company will also provide a pathway to understanding and reducing DOD’s greenhouse gas emissions, including insights into Scope 3 supply chain emissions across DOD’s operations. The Leidos team includes McKinsey & Co., ICF, and Rocky Mountain Institute.

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