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Municipal and Industrial Sludge Treatment and Odor Control : The Global Market

  • June 2014
  • 179 pages
  • BCC Research
Report ID: 2212010

Summary

Table of Contents

This BCC Research report provides an in-depth analysis of the global sludge treatment and odor control equipment market, including systems for sludge digestion, sludge dewatering, sludge drying, and physical, chemical and biological odor control technologies. Overviews of each segment are presented. These include current issues affecting the industry, equipment types, legislation relevant to the markets and end-user requirements. Market sizes for each segment are estimated for the years 2005 to 2014. Growth forecasts, as compound annual growth rates (CAGRs), are made through 2019.

Use this report to:
-Gain in-depth analysis l of the global sludge treatment and odor control equipment market, including systems for sludge digestion, sludge dewatering, sludge drying, and physical, chemical and biological odor control technologies.
- Gain information and obtain conclusions that are unique, insightful, and have a forward-thinking outlook of the global market for industrial and municipal sludge
treatment and odor control.
- Analyze the developments in municipal and industrial wastewater sludge treatment equipment and wastewater/sludge-based odor control equipment.

Highlights
- The global sludge treatment and odor control equipment market is estimated to have been worth $6.5 billion in 2013, and is forecast to reach nearly $6.9 billion by year-end 2014. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) during the forecast period, 2014 to 2019, is estimated to be 5.9%. At this rate, the market value will reach $9.2 billion by 2019.
- The sludge treatment equipment market is expected to grow at a five-year CAGR of 6.5% from 2014 to 2019 and is expected to reach nearly $4.3 billion by 2014 and $5.9 billion by 2019.
- The odor control equipment market is expected to be $2.6 billion by 2014. With a CAGR of 4.9%, BCC Research expects this market to reach nearly $3.3 billion by 2019.

INTRODUCTION
This market research report analyzes the global market and developments in municipal and industrial wastewater sludge treatment equipment and wastewater/sludge-based
odor control equipment. Sludge treatment describes the processes used to manage and dispose of the solid or semi-solid products produced during municipal sewage
treatment and industrial wastewater treatment. Despite representing only about 1% of total wastewater flows, sludge handling accounts for up to 50% of total treatment plant operating costs.

Because of safety and nuisance issues, odor control has come to play an increasingly important role in the treatment and disposal of sludge and biosolids that accumulate
during wastewater plant processes. As noted in the Global Atlas of Excreta, Wastewater Sludge, and Biosolids Management: Moving Forward the Sustainable and Welcome Uses of a Global Resource, a 2008 study by the Greater Moncton Sewerage Commission and the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat), several major premises apply to wastewater, sludge and biosolids. These points are as true today as when the study was first released.

- The creation of wastewater in human communities is inevitable.
- History shows a common progression toward global improvement of wastewater treatment and wastewater sludge management.
- The progression appears to be inevitable.
- Once such systems are established and they are protecting humans from the
immediate threat from waste-borne pathogens, focus inevitably shifts toward the effects of wastewater on other human communities downstream and on the natural
environment and other organisms.
- Eventually, as wastewater treatment systems are able to reduce all forms of wastewater contamination by 90% or greater, the volume of wastewater solids,
sewage sludge, becomes significant and requires careful management. In much of Europe, North America, Japan and other developed urban areas around the world,
sludge management has become a major focus. In many places, it is the most debated challenge in the sanitation field.
- At the same time that developed countries address the challenges of sludge management, approximately 2.6 billion people lack access to basic sanitation. Inevitably, the progress made by less-developed communities in coming years to improve human health and safety will lead to the generation of more wastewater sludge that requires management.
- The continuing refinement of best management practices for excreta, wastewater, sludge and biosolids must eventually provide sustainable solutions that work in a
diversity of locations and situations around the globe, are energy- and cost-efficient, minimize transfers of potentially hazardous constituents to the environment, mitigate
greenhouse gas emissions, and ensure healthy, natural ecosystems. Access to sanitation varies widely around the world. In sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia and Central and South America, wastewater treatment systems, if they exist, are minimal or function poorly. In these regions, basic sanitation is the primary need.

In Eastern Europe, Turkey, the Russian Federation, Mexico, South America and other areas, wastewater treatment is more advanced, but wastewater sludge and biosolids
management has not been practiced to a great extent previously. As sludge volumes from a rising number of treatment facilities grow, a more complex regulatory
framework and improved sludge handling technologies will be required. In North America, Europe, Australia and certain Asian countries, there is more focus on
improving the management of wastewater sludge and biosolids. In these regions, wastewater typically is treated at the secondary or tertiary level and both biosolids
technologies and regulatory systems are complex.

In all world regions where advanced wastewater treatment results in increasing volumes of sludge, water quality professionals, engineers, scientists, agricultural
experts and government regulators are applying and refining processes to improve efficiencies, reduce the potential negative impacts and maximize the beneficial reuse
aspects of sludge treatment and biosolids handling. The United Nations (UN) Agenda 21 summarizes the general goal for waste management as minimization and beneficial utilization. It proposes three major program areas to promote this goal: minimizing wastes while maximizing environmentally sound waste reuse and recycling; promoting environmentally sound waste treatment and disposal; and extending waste service coverage. These areas are interrelated and mutually supportive, and if implemented in an integrated way, will result in a comprehensive and environmentally responsive framework for managing municipal solid wastes, including sludge.

STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
This BCC Research report provides an in-depth analysis of the global sludge treatment and odor control equipment market, including systems for sludge digestion, sludge
dewatering, sludge drying, and physical, chemical and biological odor control technologies. Overviews of each segment are presented. These include current issues affecting the industry, equipment types, legislation relevant to the markets and end-userrequirements. Market sizes for each segment are estimated for the years 2005 to 2014.
Growth forecasts, as compound annual growth rates (CAGRs), are made to 2019. Valuations are calculated in current U.S. dollars.

REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY
Wastewater and sludge are produced continually, and pollutants present in the wastes never completely disappear. With each passing year, global volumes of sludge increase and potentially contain heavy metals, organic industrial chemicals, agricultural chemicals, oil and grease, and miscellaneous hazardous pollutants, such as medical
wastes. Sometimes, it emits a disagreeable odor that requires abatement. Harmful and toxic residues in sludge can be reduced via sludge treatment equipment
and, increasingly, these systems enable the beneficial reuse of sludge in a safe and economical way. Various types of treatment equipment also allow odors associated
with wastewater solids to be controlled.

This report is intended for those who desire an analysis of the global sludge treatment and odor control equipment markets. The document seeks to quantify the various
markets, forecast market trends, trace significant developments, and profile companies that are active in the various market sectors. The report contains
information and conclusions that are unique, insightful, and have a forward-thinking knowledge of the subject that should be of interest to manufacturers, suppliers, and
local, state and government entities.

SCOPE OF REPORT
The report examines the market for three categories of sludge treatment equipment and three categories of odor control equipment. These are:
- Sludge digestion.
- Sludge dewatering.
- Sludge drying.
- Physical odor control equipment.
- Chemical odor control equipment.
- Biological odor control equipment.

The study also provides information on:
- The emerging and alternative technologies in these markets.
- Industry structure.
- Five-year projections of market activity.
- Pricing trends and technological trends.
- Research and development activity.
- Governmental legislation.
- Competitive structure and company profiles.
- Developed and developing countries.

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