The italian Waste Management market
In line with the guiding principles of the UN 2030 Agenda and the commitments made in its QASE and Sustainability Policy, within the Environment Segment Acea has become a promoter of sustainable industrial growth and protecting and enhancing local areas.
In this market context, given the current situation of production and treatment capacity for waste in the Acea Group’s traditional operational areas and in neighbouring areas, there is evident high “potential demand” (disposal in landfills, waste-to-energy, composting and biogas production, sludge and liquid waste treatment, recycling of mixed materials and production of secondary raw materials). This is facilitated by a national regulatory framework that provides incentives and by the regulatory support of European directives on the recovery of materials and energy, as well as by the implementation of the European Union’s policy guidelines on the circular economy (closing the loop), which are being implemented in Italy by virtue of a delegated law that has given the government the obligation to update environmental legislation adapting it to the new EU standards.ù
Opportunities for developing the sector are therefore highlighted, also facilitated by the availability of new technologies (for example in composting) and by possible forms of industrial integration with other operators.
Finally, the expansion of the potential for disposal/recovery of sew- 40 erage sludge — in the context of value added environmental services (sludge treatment, compost) — could lead to the completion of the integration with the Water business, in view of a complete management in-house of the entire supply chain.