The U.S. environmental industry is a diverse collection of services and technologies struggling in a highly competitive and mature domestic market. Today, U.S. environmental practices are not simply the products of a distinct industrial sector, but rather reflect good business decisions in all sectors. The shift to prevention rather than cleanup has resulted in a flat domestic U.S. market. This has forced the environmental industry to look internationally for growth and opportunities, primarily in developing nations. These nations have huge demands for infrastructure projects, especially solid waste disposal, wastewater treatment, and the production of potable water. Because of cultural differences, limited resources, and uncertainty within the market, however, U.S. industry does not appear to have a competitive advantage.
ICAF Industry Studies 1999