Climate change raises market for environmental technologies, clean energies

Paul Boughton

The environmental industry worldwide is increasing fast again since 2 years ago with 12 per cent per year. The highest increase are in water and clean energies. Water counts for 34 per cent of the total markets and clean energies for 13 percent, waste for 28 per cent and noise reduction for 2 percent. Water and clean energies are on the global agenda again.

The vulnerable environment of earth, water, air and energy, as well as the soaring world population, demands more efficient and safe technologies to deal with waste, hazardous materials, cleaning and so on. More and more attention is put on the sustainable development, which causes no or less damages to environment.

Environmental industry, together with other industries, such as food, water, energy, sustainability, is indispensable for the constitution of a high-quality living space.

Environment affects directly the health of people and the production of food. A society with advanced medical technology and food industry has big concern for environmental protection. The private spending and governmental investment will proportionally increase. Meantime the innovation and industrial basis in other Life Science industries will facilitate the development of environmental industry. As a result, the market for environmental technologies, clean energies, water and so on has shown a great increase, and the stock of the related companies rise sharply.

Markets for environmentalIndustry can be divided into four segments according to technology: End-of-pipe, Additive, Integrated and Zero emission The primary Œend of pipe¹ technologies use conventional chemical and physical methods to meet the minimal requirement of waste.

The market totals 676 bn US$ in 2005 and still makes up the largest part of the whole industry.Although Asia has by far the largest growth rate in the environmental industry, especially in the Œend of pipe¹ stage, Europe will still lead in the technology development.

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