The Portuguese market for environmental technologies and services is estimated at £3.3 bn between 2000-2006. The largest market sector is water and wastewater treatment (WWT), valued at £2.5 bn, followed by waste management (WM), at £303 m. The EU will be contributing with over £1.5 billion of the total amount.
Prospects for UK environmental suppliers within the Portuguese market are exceptionally favourable, with all of the main drivers in place. In particular:
- An increasing emphasis on enforcement as a means of correcting the poor standards of pollution control and waste management applying throughout Portuguese industry.
- An accelerating programme of privatisation, aimed at bringing in both the capital and expertise needed to provide adequate environmental infrastructure.
- The availability of EU funding for major environmental infrastructure projects.
- A weak domestic supply base, reliant on foreign technologies and companies.
Characteristics of Market
Some important features of the Portuguese market are:
- A small, but steadily growing market, driven primarily by the requirements of EU legislation.
- Increasing attention to enforcement, within (by southern European standards) a relatively coherent framework of environmental legislation.
- The relatively low levels of environmental infrastructure, with major investment still needed in WWT and WM.
- Relatively low levels of industrialisation and the economic importance of agriculture and tourism.
- The availability of substantial EU funding for environmental infrastructure projects from the Structural and Cohesion Funds.
- A weak domestic supply base, reliant on foreign technologies and, to a lesser degree, on foreign companies.
- National Assembly for Wales
- Environment Agency for England & Wales
- Scottish Environment Protection Agency
- Scottish Executive
- UK Department for Transport
- UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
- Department for Business Innovation & Skills
- National Land Use Database (NLUD)
- Cabinet Office
- National Non-Food Crop Centre
Non-profit / academic organisations
European Trade/Professional Organisations
- Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging
- Euro Chlor
- Europen - packaging & environment
- CEPI - paper