Frost & Sullivan’s latest report on Environmental Intelligence has shown that waste management operators are facing increasing challenges with minimising impacts on growing communities and stricter regulations.
Over 270 operational managers around the world were interviewed for the report, and over 50 per cent of total respondents have experienced dramatic or significant impacts on their organisation on account of environmental factors over the last three years.
Global municipal solid waste – a major cause of odour complaints around landfills – is expected to rise from 2.01 billion tonnes in 2016 to 3.40 billion tonnes in 2050.
ENVIRONMENT-RELATED FACTORS IMPACTING WASTE MANAGEMENT OPERATIONS
Insights from the report show that waste operations are experiencing environment-related factors on a scale of 1-10 in the organisation through:
– 7.3/10 – More stringent environmental regulations / penalties / reporting and compliance requirements
– 7.2/10 – Health and safety risks of operations to the public/community
– 6.5/10 – Public complaints and site proximity to the public impacting social license to operate
The global urban population is expected to rise from 46.6 per cent in 2000 to 58.2 per cent in 2025 and 66.4 cent by 2050. There is likely to be further increases in proximity of residents to infrastructure that creates negative environmental and health/safety impacts.
As operations expand to cater to larger populations or community encroachment occurs, odour impact becomes a bigger challenge.
JLL Director and Head of Digital Delivery Prakash Senghani offered comments in the report on how industrial operations like waste management sites can limit impact such as odour on the community.
“A key starting point is capturing and maintaining a baseline of environmental data. This will become mandatory at some point, but even before that happens, it is desirable. Only then can continuous improvements be made,” he said.
FREE PANEL DISCUSSION WITH FROST & SULLIVAN AND ENVIROSUITE
Join Frost & Sullivan and Envirosuite on 9 December (12PM AEDT) for a free panel discussion discussing report findings that show how waste operators are now using environmental intelligence to handle community encroachment, respond to community complaints and continue operating efficiently.
The panel will include Frost & Sullivan and Envirosuite industry experts unpacking key findings from the report and what it means for operations today.
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