Our ninth annual review, ‘An ever changing landscape’, analyses deal volumes in 2015 and looks at the issues and trends affecting the sector.
EU Circular Economy and other legislation
For this year’s edition we asked Pinsent Masons to give an update on the legislation that affects the waste sector and the potential implications arising from this.
This section is dominated by the adoption of the Circular Economy package by the European Commission at the end of the year. Given the importance of this package we then asked a number of different players in the sector to give their view of what the announcement tells us and what it could mean for the sector in the coming years.
Infrastructure – an international update
There has been a lot of debate continuing to rage this year about the level of further infrastructure required to meet the UK’s residual processing needs.
One thing that is certain is that the requirements for municipal residual processing infrastructure are getting close to being met. For those involved in the development of such infrastructure, attention continues to turn to what opportunities there may be internationally.
We explore how those international markets are developing, and get insight from our colleagues in Grant Thornton Greece as to how the Greek waste infrastructure has been coping with the financial crisis.
Continuing the theme of the circular economy, our review once again looks at the trend in materials prices. We are delighted that Ricardo Energy & Environment have used that data to provide a very insightful view of what it means for the sector.
I hope you find this review informative and thought-provoking. Every year we look at the title of the review, and think should we amend it from ‘An ever changing landscape’. I still haven’t found a reason to yet. Enjoy!