Japan Waste to Energy Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Waste to Energy Market in Japan is segmented by Technology (Physical, Thermal, and Biological).

Japan Waste to Energy Industry Overview

Japan Waste to Energy Market Forecast
Study Period: 2019 - 2028
CAGR: > 12.6 %

Major Players

Japan Waste to Energy Market Key Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Japan Waste to Energy Market Analysis

The Japanese waste-to-energy market is expected to register a CAGR of more than 12.6% during the forecast period (2022-2027). The COVID-19 outbreak negatively impacted Japan's waste-to-energy market. Even though municipal solid waste (MSW) is rising during the pandemic, commercial and industrial (C&I) waste declined sharply, resulting in the overall decline in quantity. Apart from the domestic reduction, the amount imported for processing also decreased. Factors such as economic development, industrialization, and increasing focus on non-fossil fuel energy sources have been driving the country's waste-to-energy market. However, the market has been restrained by the rising emissions of harmful gases and the expensive nature of incinerators, particularly as energy prices declined and several plants could not cover operating costs.

  • Thermal technology is expected to dominate the waste-to-energy market, owing to the increasing development in incineration, gasification technologies, and the growing amount of waste generated.
  • Increasing investments in aerobic and anaerobic digestion-related R&D activities to ensure reliability in terms of environmental effects are expected to provide lucrative opportunities for the market’s growth in the future.
  • Japan is focusing on improving its incineration technologies to reduce harmful emissions from waste to energy conversion, which is expected to drive the market during the forecast period.

Japan Waste to Energy Industry Segments

The Japanese waste to energy market report includes:

Technology
Physical
Thermal
Biological

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Japan Waste to Energy Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Japan Waste to Energy Market according to our research experts:

Thermal Technology to Dominate the Market

  • Japan is a leading country with the most modern types of thermal treatment plants capable of processing millions of tons of waste every year. As of 2020, Japan was one of the leading countries worldwide in terms of the percentage of waste utilized in waste-to-energy (WTE) facilities, burning more than 80% of its MSW in energy recovery systems.
  • The country has focused on thermal-based WTE technology since the 1960s. The WTE industry has thrived in Japan because there is little room for landfills, and burning waste has been considered a better solution.
  • As of 2020, the electricity generated from industrial waste (18522 GWh) was comparatively higher than that of electricity generated from municipal waste (1824 GWh), thus making industrial waste much more useful to produce energy.
  • Moreover, in December 2020, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Environmental & Chemical Engineering Co. Ltd (MHIEC) won a contract with the Kashima Regional Administration Association to design and build a thermal-based waste-to-heat management facility planned for construction in Kamisu city in Ibaraki Prefecture. The contract is valued at JPY 13.59 billion, with completion scheduled for the end of March 2024.
  • Factors such as industrialization and economic development also contribute toward MSW generation, which is further expected to influence the growth of the thermal-based waste to energy market in Japan.
Japan Waste to Energy Market Trends

New Incineration Technologies for Reduction of Harmful Emissions Driving the Market Demand

  • The incineration plants for solid waste generate harmful emissions, like dioxins, carbon dioxide, sulfur oxide, and nitrogen oxide. Technologies related to high-efficiency power generation and safe operation, such as automatic incineration devices and automatic cranes, have been developed to reduce the harmful emissions in this process.
  • The Japanese stocker furnace technology is a low-air incineration method that aims for high-efficiency power generation, reduced harmful emissions, removed acidic gas, and recycled incinerated ash. The technologies applied to reduce dioxin generation are exhaust cooling, bag filters, and activated coal that absorbs and eliminates dioxin.
  • The conventional stoker furnace's highly efficient technology enables electrical generation from recovered heat waste and makes it an effective measure against greenhouse emissions.
  • An increase in the new incineration technologies in Japan has reduced CO2 emissions. However, Japan's overall carbon dioxide emissions decreased from 1158.4 million metric ton in 2018 to 1027.0 million metric ton in 2020.
  • Hence, increasing investments and advancements in the new incineration technologies across Japan are expected to drive the waste to energy market during the forecast period.
Japan Waste to Energy Market Outlook

Japan Waste to Energy Market Competitor Analysis

The Japanese waste to energy market is moderately fragmented. Some key players include Hitachi Zosen Corp., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, JFE Engineering Corporation, TAKUMA Co. Ltd, and Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd.

Japan Waste to Energy Market Top Players

  1. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd

  2. JFE Engineering Corporation

  3. TAKUMA Co. Ltd

  4. Hitachi Zosen Corporation

  5. Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, JFE Engineering Corporation, TAKUMA Co. Ltd, Hitachi Zosen Corporation, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd

Japan Waste to Energy Market Recent Developments

  • In January 2021, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Environmental & Chemical Engineering Co. Ltd (MHIEC) received an order from Kagoshima City to refurbish its Hokubu Waste-to-Energy (WtE) plant. The order calls for renovation of the facilities, and the contract is valued at JPY 6.75 billion, with completion scheduled for February 2026.
  • In December 2020, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Environmental & Chemical Engineering Co. Ltd (MHIEC) won a contract with the Kashima Regional Administration Association in Ibaraki Prefecture (comprising the cities of Kashima and Kamisu) to design and build a combustible waste management facility planned for construction in Kamisu city. The contract is valued at JPY 13.59 billion, with completion scheduled for the end of March 2024.

Japan Waste to Energy Market Report - Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Scope of the Study

    2. 1.2 Market Definition

    3. 1.3 Study Assumptions

  2. 2. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  3. 3. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  4. 4. MARKET OVERVIEW

    1. 4.1 Introduction

    2. 4.2 Market Size and Demand Forecast in USD billion, till 2027

    3. 4.3 Recent Trends and Developments

    4. 4.4 Government Policies and Regulations

    5. 4.5 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.5.1 Drivers

      2. 4.5.2 Restraints

    6. 4.6 Supply Chain Analysis

    7. 4.7 PESTLE Analysis

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 5.1 Technology

      1. 5.1.1 Physical

      2. 5.1.2 Thermal

      3. 5.1.3 Biological

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Hitachi Zosen Corporation

      2. 6.3.2 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd

      3. 6.3.3 JFE Engineering Corporation

      4. 6.3.4 Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd

      5. 6.3.5 Doosan Lentjes GmbH

      6. 6.3.6 TAKUMA Co. Ltd

      7. 6.3.7 CR-POWER LLC

    4. *List Not Exhaustive
  7. 7. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

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Japan Waste to Energy Market Research FAQs

The Japan Waste to Energy Market is studied from 2019 - 2028.

The Japan Waste to Energy Market is growing at a CAGR of >12.6% over the next 5 years.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd , JFE Engineering Corporation , TAKUMA Co. Ltd, Hitachi Zosen Corporation, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd are the major companies operating in Japan Waste to Energy Market.

Japan Waste to Energy Industry Reports

In-depth industry statistics and market share insights of the Japan Waste to Energy sector for 2020, 2021, and 2022. The Japan Waste to Energy research report provides a comprehensive outlook of the market size and an industry growth forecast for 2023 to 2028. Available to download is a free sample file of the Japan Waste to Energy report PDF.

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