Landfill Gas Market Size, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, COVID-19 Impact Analysis, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027
Report ID: GMI1246
Landfill Gas Market size is likely to gain significant momentum over 2021-2027, due to advantages of landfill gas energy projects like the reduction of GHG emission and environmental compliance costs. Moreover, strong demand for renewable energy and the subsequent rise in landfill gas generation to produce electricity will further amplify the industry demand. This gas is fed into a collection system that consists of wells drilled into a landfill via a plastic piping system to produce electricity.
Landfill gas refers to a natural byproduct of organic material decomposition in landfills. This gas is composed of roughly 50% of methane, 50% of carbon dioxide, as well as a small amount of other non-methane organic compounds. It can be captured, converted, and used as a clean energy source, as well as prevent methane from migrating into the air and contributing to local smog and climate change.
Shifting preference towards renewable energy sources, including biogas, to curb climate change is one of the prominent trends bolstering the landfill gas market outlook. The process of organic matter decomposition can generate 3.5 million m3 of biogas per year. Additionally, the rapid advancements in the management of municipal wastes will lead to extensive landfill gas generation activities over the upcoming years.
However, high generation of pollutants from burning landfill gas as compared to natural gas may create a hindrance to the market expansion over the estimated timeline.
Electricity generation is set to emerge as a prominent segment for the landfill gas market by 2027. This is attributable to the rapid advancements in landfill power plant projects and the escalating adoption of landfill gas to generate electric power across myriad regions. In 2020, the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality announced the completion of the first part of the Seymen landfill gas energy facility, developed to extract methane and produce power within a 20MW system.
Regionally, the Asia Pacific landfill gas market will amass considerable profits by 2027, considering the challenges posed by the unregulated disposal of municipal solid wastes in developing nations like India. Furthermore, the rising prevalence of diseases such as plague and histoplasmosis among people living near waste landfill sites will also stimulate demand for the landfill gas extraction process in the region.
The competitive landscape of the landfill gas industry comprises companies such as Babcock & Wilcox, Shenzhen Energy, AEB Amsterdam, Aterro Recycling Pvt. Ltd., A2A Energia, Veolia, Infinis, and Waste Management, Inc., among others. These firms are focusing on various strategies like business expansions and mergers and acquisitions to boost their presence across the global market.
For example, in October 2020, Veolia and Waga Energy inked a contract to set up a WAGABOX® purification unit at the center for waste storage in Claye-Souilly, the largest landfill in France. This contract was signed with an objective to produce renewable natural gas from landfill gas, for distribution to over 20,000 Parisian households.
Disruption of Waste-to-Energy Services During COVID-19 to Impact Landfill Gas Market Trends:
Due to the implementation of lockdown and other restrictions across varied industrial sectors during the coronavirus pandemic, the management of solid wastes has become a major issue. Consequently, waste collection centers became functionless and have been severely impacted. This impact has extended to the waste-to-material and waste-to-energy industries, which, in turn, created challenges for the growth of the landfill gas industry over the past months.
However, increased reliance on hydrogen as a clean, reliable, and economical source of energy to meet the energy needs in the post-pandemic world may boost the adoption of the landfill gas assessment process. Biomass sources such as solid wastes, landfill gas, agricultural products, and biogas can be processed for the significant production of hydrogen, which could help the industry expand steadily over the coming years.
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