Environmental Global Market
Insights and Opportunities
Overview: Environmental management and pollution control is an increasingly important and prominent sector nowadays, particularly in light of global attention to issues of resource sustainability and protection. Over the years, Portugal has made progress with respect to a number of international environmental issues. Although Portugal still lags in terms of tackling some environmental problems in the EU, the Portuguese Government continues to improve and highlight the importance of progress to promote a cleaner and sustainable environment in Portugal. The Portuguese demand for innovative environmental equipment and services is expected to continue to be high during the next three to five years.
The consolidated environmental protection expenditure (EPE) of the Portuguese Government in 2007 was around $1.32 billion, a growth of 7% compared with previous year. The sales volume for producers of environmental goods and services reached $5.79 billion in 2007, of which 19% was under “Collection, Purification and Distribution of Water”, 14% under “Collection and Treatment of Other Waste” and 11% under “Recycling of Metal Waste and Scrap.”
Best Products/Services: Recycling technologies; Filtering and purifying machinery; Technologies for treatment and disposal of hazardous waste; Composting equipment; Heavy metal collecting equipment; Sensors and analyzers; Water treatment technologies; Waste water treatment aeration and purification systems; Air and sea pollution products; New technologies to create valuable end-products from any form of waste; and Consulting and engineering services for the development and operation of waste management and recycling facilities.
Opportunities: Investments in environmental infrastructure through EU and national programs have been the centerpieces of environmental progress in Portugal. These investments have been used for the construction and upgrade of numerous wastewater and solid waste treatment facilities as well as the building of new recycling plants, composting facilities and treatment plants for industrial and hazardous waste materials.
The transposition of EU environmental legislation into national law has also created the appropriate institutional basis for successfully addressing environmental protection challenges.
In 2007, the Portuguese Government approved the following programs: PERSU II - Plano Estratégico para os Resíduos Sólidos Urbanos (National Strategic Plan for Urban Solid Waste) 2007/2016 - with an investment of $2.74 billion focusing in areas such as valorization of organic waste and improvement of the selective collection systems. PEAASAR II - Plano Estratégico de Abastecimento de Água e Saneamento de Águas Residuais (National Strategic Plan for Water Supply and Wastewater Systems) 2007/2013 – with an investment of $5.48 billion used for project development, infrastructure, setup and equipment supply and construction supervision and management of related projects. ENEAPAI - Estratégia para Efluentes Agro-Pecuários e Agro-Industriais (Strategy for Agro-Industrial and Pig Farming Effluents) 2007/2013 – with an investment of $794 million.
Other programs are currently being developed and are expected to be approved soon,
such as: Estratégia Nacional de Resíduos Industriais (National Strategy for Industrial Waste); Plano Estratégico de Resíduos Hospitalares (Strategic Plan for Hospital Waste); Plano Nacional de Residuos (National Plan for Waste); and Estrategia Nacional de Prevenção de Resíduos Solidos Urbanos (National Strategy to Avoid Urban Solid Waste).
As these efforts continue, the Portuguese market for environmental equipment, technology and services will have strong growth potential over the next several years. In order to take advantage of existing and future business opportunities and successfully enter or expand into the Portuguese market, foreign firms usually align themselves with Portuguese companies in joint ventures, consortiums and cooperation agreements. These types of collaboration make U.S. business interests eligible for EU funding.