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Waste electricity generation revenues worldwide 2011-2018

This statistic displays the revenues generated by waste electricity generation worldwide from 2011 to 2018. In 2018, electricity generation from waste is estimated to generate some three billion U.S. dollars in revenues.

Waste to energy industry worldwide

Global revenue from waste electricity generation has risen to three billion U.S. dollars in 2018. The waste to energy industry has arisen due to excessive modern consumption habits which have exceeded the limits of many landfills. The United States produced 262.4 million metric tons of municipal solid waste in 2015. In response, some countries have begun to develop methods to generate electricity and/or heat through landfill waste and gases. Most processes involve the combustion of waste or the production of a combustible fuel source, like methane or ethanol. As of 2014, the United States used almost 33 million tons of municipal solid waste for combustion. In total, the country consumed 492 trillion British thermal units of waste energy. Other methods include producing biogas through anaerobic digestion, fermentation, and pyrolysis.

French companies Veolia Environment and Suez Environment, are among the leading waste management companies in the world, generating a revenue of 29.03 billion U.S. dollars and 17.41 billion U.S. dollars, respectively, in 2014. France is one of the largest producers of waste in the EU and recycles more than half of their waste materials. In Sweden, Renova, a government-owned company which operates a waste to energy production facility, is one of the many companies producing energy for almost a million homes. Almost all of the country’s waste is recycled or used to generate heat, and less than one percent is dumped in landfills.

Global revenue from waste electricity generation from 2011 to 2018

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