The Italian Waste Management market
The current situation of production, disposal and treatment capacity for waste in the traditional operational areas of the Acea Group and in the neighbouring areas shows a high "potential demand" for waste management (disposal, waste-to-energy, composting and biogas, sludge and liquid waste treatment). This is supported by a national regulatory framework that provides incentives and the regulatory support of European directives on matter and energy recovery, as well as by the implementation of the European Union's policy guidelines on the circular economy (closing the loop).
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 sewerage 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.