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EBI News for May 08, 2024 – Methane emissions from landfills higher than estimated

EBI News for May 08, 2024 – The following news section contains the latest stories for the environmental industry. Including, Methane emissions from landfills higher than estimated, acquisitions, and more!

Stantec grows workforce in UK

Stantec (Edmonton, Canada) has acquired Hydrock (Bristol, UK), a 950-person engineering design firm. Founded in 1995, Hydrock has 22 locations in the UK and capabilities in fire safety, energy and sustainability, civil and structural, MEP, transport, environmental, and geotechnical services. As part of Stantec’s global growth strategy, Hydrock will increase Stantec’s UK workforce by over 30%, “significantly bolstering” Stantec’s offering to the energy, buildings, and infrastructure markets. Combined with the recent strategic acquisitions of Zetcon Engineering in Germany and Morrison Hershfield in Canada, Stantec will have grown its global workforce by over 2,700 people within the first four months of 2024.


Methane emissions from landfills higher than estimated

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is underestimating methane emissions from landfills, urban areas and states, according to a collaborative study led by researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Researchers combined 2019 satellite observations with an atmospheric transport model to generate a high-resolution map of methane emissions. Researchers found methane emissions from landfills were 51% higher than EPA estimates; 95 urban areas have methane emissions 39% higher; and the top 10 methane-emitting states have emissions 27% higher. Published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, the research concludes that while EPA assumes a default efficacy rate for methane collection of 75%, landfills are much less effective at collecting methane than previously thought. 


Arcadis reports strong first quarter

Arcadis (Amsterdam, Netherlands) reported significant multi-year project wins and continued profitable growth in the first quarter of 2024. Net revenues were €968 million and increased organically by 4.4% despite 1.2 fewer working days in the quarter compared to last year. Growth was described as solid in most markets and as outstanding in North America. According to CEO Alan Brookes, “Client demand was particularly strong in environmental remediation, energy transition, rail and highways, with projects funded by large investment programs increasingly contributing to our backlog and securing revenues for years to come.” Order intake grew organically by 6% in the quarter to €1,129 million, resulting in a record backlog of €3,316 million.


Aegion rebrands as Azuria Water Solutions

Aegion Corporation (St. Louis, Mo.), a leading pipeline rehab and water technology solutions provider, has rebranded as Azuria Water Solutions. The new brand represents a strategic focus on technologies that improve the efficiency and sustainability of water infrastructure; water conservation and lower environmental impact; and customer service. “Over the last three years, the company has divested unrelated businesses, acquired 12 companies with industry-leading talent and services, and has partnered with cutting-edge technologists. This rebrand underscores our focus on water as well as our commitment to addressing the evolving needs of our customers and the critical challenges facing water infrastructure,” said Rob Tullman, CEO of Azuria Water Solutions. Azuria is the parent company of Insituform, the pioneer of cured-in-place pipe rehabilitation.


Jacobs supports BaroMar’s pilot for underwater energy storage

Jacobs (Dallas) has been appointed by BaroMar (Rupin, Ill.) to develop the preliminary design for a first-of-its-kind underwater energy storage pilot project. The 4MWh project relies on storing compressed air in large rigid tanks that are ballasted on the seabed. The tanks are designed to resist loads imposed by the marine environment, in addition to compressed air and hydrostatic water pressure, during both installation and operations. The project requires extensive geophysical, geotechnical and bathymetric surveying, investigation, feasibility studying and permitting for tank installation at deep depths for onshore mechanical and electrical equipment needs. Located off the coast of Cyprus, the project aims to achieve relatively low installation costs and the lowest levelized cost of storage. 


Carollo introduces new approach to water purification

Water engineering and consulting firm Carollo Engineers (Walnut Creek, Calif.) has unveiled XBAT (Ion Exchange-Based Advanced Treatment) a technology that the company says marks a paradigm shift in water purification. XBAT simultaneously targets salinity and other challenging water quality parameters such as total organic carbon (TOC). XBAT also has the capacity to remove anions such as nitrate, phosphate, and bromide. By integrating suspended ion exchange with lime softening processes, XBAT reduces salinity and TOC without relying on reverse osmosis and its disposal challenges. XBAT’s regeneration waste stream comprises only 0.8% of the total feed water flow, thereby minimizing environmental impact, while maximizing resource utilization.


Waterly acquires OpWorks

Waterly (Crystal Lake, Ill.), a data management platform, has acquired OpWorks (Grand Forks, N.D.), a water/wastewater asset and maintenance management tool. Since 2014, OpWorks has operated as a sister company of AE2S, a specialized water engineering services firm. A three-time named Top 100 GovTech Company by Government Technology, Waterly is currently operational in 22 states and Canada and supports users at more than 2,000 utility sites. With this strategic acquisition, Waterly adds six new states to fuel its plans to serve small to large utilities across America. Waterly and OpWorks were both built from the ground up with direct input from water industry engineers, operators and facility managers.


ICF reports first quarter 2024 results

ICF (Weston, Va.) reported total revenue of $494.4 million in the first quarter ended March 31, 2024, a 2.3% increase from the first quarter of 2023 and a rise of 8.7% when adjusted for the divestiture of the firm’s commercial marketing business lines. Performance was led by robust growth in revenues from commercial energy clients and supported by solid revenue growth from government clients. According to John Wasson, chair and chief executive officer, “ICF performed exceptionally well in our Energy, Environment, Infrastructure and Disaster Recovery client market, with revenues up 20% year-over-year, representing 45% of ICF’s total first quarter revenues.” In this market, ICF combines expertise in energy efficiency, decarbonization, electrification, environmental and climate impacts, and disaster recovery and mitigation to serve over 75 utility clients, as well as developers of renewable energy sources, energy companies, and federal, state and local and international government clients.


EPA announces latest funding to replace lead pipes 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $3 billion in funding to replace lead pipes in the country’s drinking water system. Funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and available through EPA’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, it builds on the Biden Administration’s Lead Pipe and Paint Action Plan and EPA’s Get the Lead Out Initiative. Working collaboratively, EPA and the State Revolving Funds will ensure that 40% of overall benefits from certain federal investments flow to disadvantaged communities. The $9 billion in total funding announced to date through EPA’s Lead Service Line Replacement Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program is expected to replace up to 1.7 million lead pipes nationwide.


PEA Group acquires ASTI Environmental

PEA Group (Auburn Hills, Mich.), a provider of comprehensive site design consulting services, announced the acquisition of ASTI Environmental (Brighton, Mich.). With this strategic acquisition, PEA Group expands its capabilities in the environmental and ecological sectors. ASTI Environmental will operate as a division of PEA Group. Both firms will retain their respective trade names, and ASTI Environmental will operate with the same leadership and personnel while having access to additional professional services provided by PEA Group.


Legence strengthens sustainability offering

Legence (San Jose, Calif.), a Blackstone portfolio company and a provider of energy efficiency and sustainability solutions for the built environment, announced the acquisition of Corporate Sustainability Strategies (CSS, Huntington Beach, Calif.), a commercial real estate sustainability consulting firm that designs and implements environmental, social, governance (ESG), and resilience strategies. The acquisition builds on Legence’s long-standing relationship with CSS. This acquisition marks Legence’s latest expansion, building on previous acquisitions including P2S, A.O. Reed & Co., and OCI Associates.

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