Landfill Gas Capture and Utilization Market Expected to Grow at a CAGR of 7.18% by 2033

08 Apr 2024

The process of capturing and utilizing landfill gas entails the extraction and refining of gases from landfill sites to produce various products. This approach, known as "landfill gas capture and utilization," aims to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) arising from landfills. Landfill gas-to-energy initiatives incorporate several elements, including wells, pipelines, turbines, sensors, generators, and more, marking an innovative and eco-friendly strategy for harnessing gases naturally released during the breakdown of organic matter in landfills.

The landfill gas capture and utilization market was valued at $3.06 billion in 2023, and it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.18% and reach $6.13 billion by 2033.

Globally, there exists a significant number of active landfill gas-to-energy projects, highlighting the technology's effectiveness and broad acceptance. The widespread deployment of these projects, backed by substantial investment from both public agencies and private companies, signals a strong market confidence in these systems.

Landfill Gas Capture and Utilization Market Overview

The market is currently in its early stages and is expected to see consistent growth. Companies that invest in research, infrastructure, and collaborative efforts are poised to benefit from the growing demand within the landfill gas capture and utilization sector.

The market for capturing and utilizing landfill gas is also driven by the increasing demand for renewable natural gas and efforts to meet sustainability goals. Factors such as technological advancements, material improvements, cost factors, challenges in scaling up production, and partnerships influence its development. The need for landfill gas capture and utilization facilities is expected to remain steady and predictable, in line with the production of landfill waste and the growing requirement for renewable energy sources.

Market Segmentation:

Segmentation 1: by Application
•    Electricity Generation
•    Thermal/Heat Generation
•    Fuels

Segmentation 2: by Product Type
•    Landfill Gas (Direct)
•    Medium-Btu
•    Renewable Natural Gas

Segmentation 3: by Region
•    North America
•    Europe
•    Asia-Pacific
•    Rest-of-the-World

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Key Players

Some of the prominent names in this market are:

•    Ameresco
•    Walker Energy
•    Enerflex Ltd.
•    BP p.l.c.
•    CenterPoint Energy
•    NextEra Energy, Inc.
•    Veolia
•    EDL
•    Infinis
•    Biffa
•    Suez
•    Landfill Systems Ltd.

Other related companies in the ecosystem are:

•    Covanta Holding Corporation
•    Vectren Corporation
•    Kohler Co., Inc.
•    Pennon Group Plc

Recent Developments in the Landfill Gas Capture and Utilization Market

•    In August 2022, BP p.l.c (Archaea Energy) enhanced its partnership with Énergir through a new 20-year deal centered on renewable natural gas, signifying an important advancement in their shared dedication to sustainability and renewable energy initiatives.
•    In November 2023, Walker Industries unveiled the largest Renewable Natural Gas project in Ontario, sourced from landfills, representing a major leap forward in the region's sustainable energy efforts.
•    In November 2020, Veolia teamed up with Waga Energy to launch the most ambitious project in Europe for converting landfill gas into renewable natural gas (RNG), setting a benchmark for sustainable energy innovation in the European sector.
•    In February 2022, TotalEnergies and Veolia embarked on a partnership aimed at transforming waste-processing and wastewater treatment facilities into biomethane production sites across more than 15 countries, anticipated to enhance energy solutions and significantly increase sustainable energy production.

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Landfill Gas Capture and Utilization Market Demand - Drivers and Limitations

The following are the demand drivers for the landfill gas capture and utilization market:

•    Stringent Regulations and Carbon Neutrality Targets
•    Rising Renewable Energy Demand
•    Increased Waste Generation

The following are the limitations of the landfill gas capture and utilization market:

•    Lack of Regulations and Policies for Landfill Gas Projects
•    Higher Upfront Cost of Landfill Gas Capture and Utilization

Analyst Note

According to Debraj Chakraborty, Principal Analyst, BIS Research, “It is expected that the market will continue to evolve at a rapid pace in the forecast period. Strategic partnerships and the launch of new landfill gas to energy plants are propelling the global landfill gas capture and utilization market growth.

Increased focus on curbing greenhouse gas emissions around the world and necessary actions taken for it are expected to generate more revenue pockets for the global landfill gas capture and utilization market. Additionally, the industry is expanding faster because of advancements in technology and growing demand for generation of electricity from waste disposal sites.”