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EBI News for June 05, 2024 – China’s renewable exports grow by 35% between 2019-2023 

EBI News for June 05, 2024 – The following news section contains the latest stories for the environmental industry. Including, China’s renewable exports grow by 35% between 2019-2023, acquisitions, and more!

Alliance Technical Group acquires RSB Environmental

Environmental testing and compliance services provider Alliance Technical Group (ATG, Decatur, Ala.) announced the acquisition of RSB Environmental (Houston), marking “a significant milestone” in ATG’s mission to expand its services, including its environmental health and safety (EHS) compliance business. RSB is an environmental compliance and consulting firm that supports ongoing EHS compliance through a fixed-fee monthly environmental model called CHESS (Comprehensive Health, Environmental, Safety System). “RSB Environmental’s established expertise and dedication to compliance align perfectly with our mission,” said ATG’s CEO Chris LeMay. “This acquisition allows us to provide a broader range of services and deepen our commitment to helping businesses navigate complex environmental regulations.” Environmental Financial Consulting Group (EFCG) served as the exclusive financial advisor to ATG in the transaction.

 

EA to support remedial action at Superfund site

The U.S. EPA has selected EA Engineering, Science, and Technology Inc. PBC (Hunt Valley, Md.) to modify the existing groundwater treatment and extraction system and demolish the thermal pilot test infrastructure within two operable units at the Wyckoff/Eagle Harbor Superfund Site on Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound, Washington. The task order, funded at more than $13 million, is being performed for EPA Region 10 under the EPA Remedial Acquisition Framework. The Superfund site includes the former Wyckoff Company’s wood-treating facility. EA’s task order focuses on the current monitoring/extraction wellfield and the thermal pilot test structure, which was built to evaluate the effectiveness of steam-enhanced extraction to remove contaminants from upland soil and groundwater. Once the pilot system is demolished, existing groundwater wells will be replaced to facilitate future cleanup activities, including in situ soil stabilization to treat contaminated soils and groundwater. 

 

China’s renewable exports grow by 35% between 2019-2023 

Chinese renewable product exports grew 35% from 2019 to 2023, driven by competitive prices and production capacity domination, according to

Wood Mackenzie’s new “Looking Overseas” report. Energy batteries surpassed solar modules and became China’s primary renewable energy commodity export over the last four years. In the same time period, wind and solar project investment increased by 26%, and accounted for 39% of total Belt and Road projects in 2023.

Wood Mackenzie reported that integrated supply chains, rapidly declining prices, and a high standard of performance have enabled China-based renewable manufacturers to supply more than 65% of the total global demand and expects this trend to continue.

 

Ferrovial wins nine new infrastructure projects

Webber (The Woodlands, Texas), the construction subsidiary of Ferrovial (Amsterdam, Netherlands), was recently awarded nine new construction and maintenance projects to improve roads, bridges, and water infrastructure across the United States and Canada. The awards have a combined value of $1.2 billion. In Texas, the company’s waterworks division, PLW Waterworks, was awarded several key water contracts including: one of the largest waterworks construction projects in Texas—deconstructing and decommissioning the Walnut Branch Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and expanding the Geronimo Creek WWTP in Seguin ($178 million); expansion of the Paul Phillips Water Purification Plant for the City of Weatherford (estimated at $90 million); and expansion of the South Water Treatment Plant (estimated at $58 million).

 

ALL4 acquires digital consultancy in Spain

All4 LLC (Kimberton, Pa.), a provider of environmental, safety and health consulting and digital services, announced the acquisition of LARAGON Sustainability Solutions (Madrid, Spain), a firm specializing in the digital transformation of ESG, environmental management, safety and health, risk, and compliance operations.

LARAGON was founded in 2006 and operates in the European and Latin American markets for digital management solutions. “The acquisition of LARAGON brings together two geographic leaders covering North America, Europe and Latin America to become a premier global provider of digital services and EHS consulting,” said Chad Morris, chief growth officer of ALL4.

 

AECOM awarded U.S. Army contract for remediation services

AECOM (Dallas) has been awarded a five-year multiple-award contract from the U.S. Army Environmental Command to provide environmental remediation services at locations throughout the United States. AECOM’s scope encompasses the investigation and remediation of hazardous and toxic waste, including persistent compounds such as PFAS. “Importantly, we now hold a series of key environmental contracts across our U.S. government clients, including for the U.S. Army, Navy, FEMA, and NASA, which positions us well to support our clients on the regulatory demands for emerging constituents like PFAS,” said Frank Sweet, chief executive of AECOM’s global Environment business.

 

Jacobs to design wastewater plant expansion in Canada

Jacobs (Dallas) has been contracted by the City of Hamilton, Ontario to provide engineering services for the Woodward Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant Phase 2 Expansion. The Phase 2 Expansion is one of the city’s largest wastewater infrastructure projects and a critical part of its Clean Harbour Program to improve environmental health in Hamilton Harbour at the western tip of Lake Ontario, also designated as a Great Lakes Area of Concern. As the largest single source of water flowing into Hamilton Harbour, treatment upgrades at the Woodward Avenue plant are being implemented to improve water quality in the bay. Completed last year, Jacobs provided design services for Phase 1 of the upgrade project.

 

EPA awards $75M health risk assessment contract to ICF

The U.S. EPA has awarded a human health and environmental risk assessment contract to ICF (Reston, Va.). The single-award indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract was awarded by EPA’s Office of Research and Development in the first quarter of 2024. This re-compete award has a ceiling value of $75 million and a term of seven years. ICF will bring together leading health and environmental expertise to deliver assessments of chemical hazards and other environmental stressors identified as national priorities to determine their impact on people, communities and the environment. ICF will use data analysis tools, including Litstream, its proprietary software that leverages machine learning to conduct systematic literature review. ICF will also develop novel methods, guidelines and models for future health analyses, including cumulative impact assessments.

 

Jacobs tackles staffing and qualification shortages

The baby boomer generation makes up a large demographic of the water and wastewater industry; with retirement pending, utilities are facing labor shortages and knowledge gaps. Jacobs’ Operations Management and Facilities Services team in The Villages, Fla., a retirement community, is building a pipeline of talent to run its water and wastewater treatment operations and other municipal services. The team partnered with Lake-Sumter State College in 2023 to adopt the Sacramento State Wastewater Curriculum and began teaching wastewater operations Level C coursework, in addition to offering hands-on learning at The Villages’ wastewater treatment plant. The Jacobs-led course prepares students to work at wastewater treatment facilities, and they will be eligible to sit for the Florida Wastewater C license test.

 

New York selects CDM Smith to replace lead pipes

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has selected CDM Smith (Boston, Mass.) to manage the initial phase of its Lead Service Line Replacement (LSLR) Program in an $8.6-million three-year contract to remove lead pipes throughout the city. CDM Smith and Trinnex will implement the strategies, processes and data management systems upon which all future phases of DEP’s LSLR program will rely, while also overseeing the replacement of approximately 3,500 lead service lines in New York City. The LSLR program is voluntary, relying heavily on public outreach to be successful. As a result, the City, CDM Smith and Trinnex will collaborate on one of the largest outreach efforts of its kind with the goal of replacing an estimated 134,000 LSLs across all five boroughs.

 

EU’s clean tech investments fall behind U.S. and China

The European Union (EU) is set to fall far behind its ambitious energy transition targets for renewable energy, clean technology capacity and domestic supply chain investments, according to Rystad Energy (Oslo, Norway), a research and modeling company. The bloc’s capital investments in clean technologies – including renewables, carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), hydrogen, batteries and nuclear – totaled $125 billion in 2023, dwarfed by China’s spending of $390 billion in the same sectors. The United States is currently behind the EU in annual clean-tech spending, investing $86 billion in 2023, but the Inflation Reduction Act is set to spur investments while the EU’s spending will plateau in the years to come. “The U.S. will all but match the EU in total clean energy spending in 2030, and accelerate past the bloc in the ensuing years,” Rystad concluded.

 

New Mexico to receive $18.9M to detect and address PFAS

The U.S. EPA announced that the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) would receive $18.9 million to assess the extent of emerging contaminants such as PFAS in public water systems and disadvantaged communities and implement measures to protect communities. Funding comes from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. In New Mexico, much of the attention around PFAS has focused on contamination from military bases, but a team from the U.S. Geological Survey in coordination with NMED monitored PFAS in the Rio Grande and found that urban areas are the most significant contributor to contamination

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