The environmental sector has continued at a strong pace as the emphasis on sustainability continues to grow, according to a new industry report coauthored by the Environmental investment banking team from Brown Gibbons Lang & Company (BGL) and L.E.K. Consulting.

The environmental industry report features an in-depth examination of the key drivers that are leading to the prioritization of sustainability, the role technology is playing to help companies achieve their sustainability-focused initiatives, and how select waste-to-value solutions are accelerating the transition toward a more circular economy. BGL gathered insights from executives leading sustainability-related initiatives at WM, GFL Environmental, VLS Environmental Solutions, and The Amlon Group.

Key takeaways include:

  • Why companies view sustainability practices as a value-creation opportunity and key growth lever
  • How technology is revolutionizing the waste and environmental sector’s adoption of sustainability-based practices
  • The factors behind waste-to-value becoming an emerging area of opportunity
  • The notable M&A transactions and the driving forces behind a shift in environmental services investing to sustainable yet pragmatic solutions

Significant capital inflows are being allocated to the environmental sector, resulting in a high level of platform formation and add-on acquisition activity. The relative stability of the waste and environmental sector has long attracted investor activity because of its essential nature and traditionally strong growth profile. Companies delivering sustainability-oriented solutions will continue to command outsized investor interest, as these businesses take advantage of favorable regulatory and consumer-driven tailwinds.

BGL’s Environmental investment banking team has been a leader in the North American market in transaction volume for more than a decade, according to Our experience spans the spectrum of the sector, including solid waste, industrial & special waste, waste-to-energy, specialty environmental services, and tech-enabled services.

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