Environmental Business Journal Archives

EBJ Vol XXIV No 07 & 08: Environmental Industry Overview

EBJ presents its annual statistical breakdown on the 14 segments of the U.S. environmental industry with 2008, 2009, and 2010 revenues and growth. Survey results, survey opinions and interviews with executives identify growth areas in client categories and services, changes in margins and business approach in 2011 and key concerns for environmental industry executives face in the market today. A general industry and statistical overview is followed by dedicated reviews of the environmental testing, hazardous waste management and recycling/resource recovery segments. Features include a report on the booming opportunities in shale gas development, Q&As with seven consulting firms, cleantech investment trends, how utilities are preparing for new air regs and EBJ's Andy Paterson on the view from Washington.

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EBJ Vol XXIV No 06: Sustainable Cities

EBJ profiles the sustainable city movement, how governments and associations are setting standards, creating educational tools and establishing and disseminating best practices, and how consultants and service providers are filling the gaps in planning, design and execution. Local governments represented $5 billion in billings by U.S. environmental consultants in 2010 and while water and wastewater account for the majority, specialty services relating to sustainability are a growing portion. On the sustainability front, the urban environment is perhaps the ideal setting in which to see how the concept of sustainability can and must work. As one municipal sustainability director points out in this issue, cities have unique opportunities to put sustainability into practice by establishing building and land use codes, transportation plans, managing substantial mobile and stationary assets, and planning for growth.

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EBJ Vol XXIV No 05: M&A Trends and Consolidation 2011

EBJ re-visits the merger & acquisition scene in the environmental industry and finds activity picking up in the post-recession climate for strategic, market and financial reasons. Both strategic acquirers and venture or private equity buyers have plenty of cash or capital to invest, and expect much higher returns from private companies than any conservative invetment would offer. Environmental markets are seen as relatively stable compared to others more prone to up-and-down cycles, and strategic players are limited in their options to pursue growth. This combination leads experts to predict that M&A activity in the environmental industry in 2011 will top 2009 and 2010 by a considerable margin and approach high-water marks of 2007-2008.

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EBJ Vol XXIV No 03 & 04: Remediation & Redevelopment

EBJ's annual analysis of the remediation business features market growth and forecasts by client sectors, trends in market drivers and technology applications, company profiles and features on brownfields and state programs.

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EBJ Vol XXIV No 02: Environmental Industry Outlook for 2011 and EBJ Snapshot Survey

EBJ provides data on 2010 growth rates and a forecast for 2011-2012 based on a comprehensive survey of more than 320 environmental industry executives. EBJ 2011 Snapshot Survey respondents see a pickup in 2010 growth to an average of 5%, and forecast three points higher growth in 2011, but multiple concerns continue to permeate the modestly optimistic outlook. Data is presented on market driver and economic issues, as well as trends in client, service and geographic niches as industry participants provide their review of the past couple of years and an outlook on 2011 and 2012.

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EBJ Vol XXIV No 01: Air Quality Markets 2011

EBJ's annual analysis of markets and trends in policy, business strategy and client sectors in the business of air pollution control equipment and air quality consulting & engineering. Although a host of new air quality programs of almost unprecedented breadth and scale are on tap for 2011 and 2012 from EPA, the threat of these programs has cast the major emitters into a waiting game in the USA, much to the chagrin of APC companies. Meanwhile global markets thrive as Asia builds out its power sector with adequate controls and Europe and the Middle East get their houses in order.

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