The Environmental Technology Industry in the United States

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The U.S. Environmental Technology Industry 

The United States is the largest single producer of environmental technologies in the world,Happy Woman in a Green Room representing nearly 40 percent of the $782 billion global market. According to Environmental Business International, Inc., approximately 117,000 enterprises and 1.7 million workers make up the U.S. environmental technology industry. In 2008, the industry produced $278 billion in revenue, with 47 percent from services, 21 percent from equipment; and 32 percent from resources.

Small- and medium-sized businesses account for approximately 99 percent of the industry and generate approximately 20 percent of the total revenue. Large companies represent only 1 percent of private sector activity, yet account for 49 percent of revenue. Public-sector municipalities and similar entities make up the remaining 31 percent and dominate water utilities, wastewater treatment works and solid waste management.

 The U.S. environmental technology industry has undergone significant restructuring and consolidation but has experienced growth over the past 10 years. Change of ownership and structure within environmental technology businesses is expected to continue, particularly in the water sector.

Industry Subsectors

 

Revenue($bil) 

  U.S.Companies

Exports ($mil)

U.S. Employment

 Analytical Services

XXX

1,000

143

19,700

 Wastewater Treatment Works

44.1

26,300

238

169,000

 Solid Waste Management

51.1

9,850

153

265,300

 Hazardous Waste Management

8.6

530

86

42,100

 Remediation/Industrial Svcs.

11.9

2,100

787

100,000

 Consulting & Engineering

26.1

3,480

3,317

246,400

 Water Equipment & Chemicals

26.6

2,030

9,929

157,300

 Instruments & Info. Systems

5.2

690

2,451

36,100

 Air Pollution Control Equipment

15.8

1,770

2,456

101,800

 Waste Management Equipment

11.0

850

2,850

73,800

 Process & Prevention Tech.

1.8

370

126

28,600

 Water Utilities

40.6

61,800

81

162,000

 Resource Recovery

24.5

4,650

14,811

169,100

 Total:

269.2

115,420

37,428

1,571,200

 Source: Environmental Business International, Inc., 2010 (San Diego, CA)