The Environmental Protection Market in China

Published - Nov 2008| Analyst - Li Baijun| Code - MST033B
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Report Highlights

  • Total sales of environmental products and equipment in China generated $10.7 billion in 2007 and an estimated $12.8 billion in 2008. This should reach $33.1 billion in 2013, for a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.7%.
  • Products and equipment that deal with water pollution were worth $5.2 billion in 2007 and an estimated $6.5 billion in 2008. This is expected to increase at a CAGR of 21.0% to reach $16.8 billion in 2013.
  • The air pollution market segment was worth $4.8 billion in 2007. This should increase to $5.4 billion in 2008 and $14.1 billion in 2013, for a CAGR of 20.5%.


China is facing severe environmental problems stemming from its overuse of natural resources, dense population, rapid industrial growth, heavy reliance on coal, outdated technology, under-priced water and energy, and insufficient infrastructure. According to the World Bank, China had 20 of the world’s 30 most polluted cities in 2004. However, the central government of China has been making the environment issue more and more of a priority. As part of the 11th Five Year Plan, the government believes an estimated $225 billion, or 1.5% of projected GDP over the period, will be spent on environmental protection.
This BCC report provides an in-depth analysis of China’s environmental protection and control industry including water, air and land pollution control (MSW). It covers industry background and structure, policy and regulation, technology and equipment/products, industry leaders, end users, international cooperation, etc. Market forecasts are presented for the period from 2008 through 2013.
Despite the high growth rate, however, China’s environmental protection industry is still at a comparatively low level, with a weak foundation, inadequate innovation, as well as low marketization. Incomplete structure is yet another feature of the industry with environmental consulting, trade, and financial services still at the preliminary stage. The government encourages foreign players to enter this industry, elevating their technology, management levels, and enriching their financing channels.
This BCC report is intended to reveal business opportunities and technology development trends in China’s environmental protection and control industry. 
This report is of interest to environmental protection equipment/products producers, environmental consulting companies, traders, financial services providers and industry researchers. China is a huge potential market for competitors or partners. It has the potential to be a large consumer and a business hub in the global environmental protection marketplace, as well as a provider of opportunities for research, due to its relevantly low R&D level.
The environmental protection and control industry can be divided into the following sectors:
  • Products and equipment manufacturing
  • Service and waste recycling utilization
  • Ecosystem protection
  • Nonhazardous products manufacturing.
According to the products/equipment application, this sector can be divided into water pollution control, air pollution control, land pollution (municipal solid waste or MSW) control, noise and vibration control, and the environment monitoring industry.
This BCC report focuses on the following product/equipment manufacturing industries:
  • Water pollution control
o   Industrial wastewater treatment
o   Urban wastewater treatment 
  • Air pollution control
o   Desulfurization (SO2 and NOx capture)
o   Dust control
o   Vehicle emission control 
  • Land pollution control
o   Municipal solid waste (MSW) treatment.
The material presented is based on extensive reviews of secondary sources such as technical papers, industry conferences, trade publications, industry associations, company literature, and government on-line data. 
Our final analyses and projections are based on a combination of a consensus among the secondary sources combined with our understanding of the impact of trends from a historical perspective. All dollar data presented in this report are based on the exchange rate of $1 = RMB 6.8 (Yuan).
Baijun Li is a research analyst covering Advanced Materials, Environmental Protection and Auto Components. Mr. Li is an independent consultant in China, and has worked with BCC for 8 years. He has authored marketing/technical reports on magnetic materials, engineering plastics, environmental protection, industrial machinery, and auto components. With over 13 years of research and business experience in China, he has assisted in numerous business consulting studies—market opportunity analysis; market profiles and assessment; competitive intelligence; market feasibility and market entry. He has a B.S. in Materials Science from Shanghai Jiaotong University; and is a certified securities investment consultant. 

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Published - Jan-2002| Analyst - Li Baijun| Code - MST033A

Report Highlights

  • The total Chinese market for pollution control products and equipment reached $5.3 billion in 2001. Rising at an AAGR (average annual growth rate) of 15.1%, this market will reach nearly $10.7 in 2006.
  • The air pollution control industry, by 2006, will reach $4.2 billion, growing at an impressive AAGR of 16.4%. Now accounting for 38% of the total market, this segment will reach 40% in 2006.
  • By 2006, the water pollution control industry market will exceed $6 billion, growing at an AAGR of 14.2%. Its share of the market will drop from 59% to 57% in 2006.
  • The municipal solid waste control equipment market will approach $0.4 billion in 2006, growing at an AAGR of about 14.9%. China has been slow to develop capabilities in this area.


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