Global Zero Liquid Discharge System Market Analysis By System Type (Thermal-based systems, Membrane-based systems, Hybrid systems), By End-use Industry (Energy & Power, Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Food & Beverages, Pharmaceuticals, Textiles, Others (such as mining, pulp & paper, and electronics)) & Forecast

  • 5/10/2023
  • 242
  • Machinery & Heavy Industry
Market Overview:
The global zero liquid discharge systems market size was valued at around USD 6.9 billion in 2021 and expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.3% during the forecast period.

The Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) System refers to a wastewater management process that eliminates liquid waste by purifying and recovering all of the water, and then converting the remaining solids into a dry powder. The ZLD system is used in various industries, including power plants, chemicals and petrochemicals, textile, pharmaceuticals, and others, to reduce the amount of liquid waste that needs to be discharged into the environment. The global ZLD system market includes technologies such as thermal-based and membrane-based systems, and the market is expected to grow due to increased government regulations on wastewater discharge, increasing water scarcity, and rising demand from various industries.

Report Scope

Report Attributes


Market Forecast in 2022

USD 6,900 million

Market Forecast in 2033

USD 15,180 million

CAGR % 2023-2033


Base Year


Historic Data


Forecast Period


Report USP

Production and consumption analysis by countrt

Key Companies

Aquatech International LLC, Suez Water Technologies & Solutions, Veolia Water Technologies, GE Water & Process Technologies, GEA Group, H2O GmbH, Praj Industries Ltd., Saltworks Technologies Inc., Samco Technologies Inc., U.S. Water Services Inc.,

Covid-19 Impact:
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the global Zero Liquid Discharge System market in several ways.
Firstly, the pandemic has disrupted the supply chains of the ZLD system market, which has led to delays in project completion and installation of ZLD systems. Additionally, many industries have experienced a decline in production and operations, which has reduced the demand for ZLD systems in the short term.

However, the pandemic has also highlighted the importance of water conservation and management, which has increased the focus on ZLD systems as an effective solution for reducing water consumption and discharge. As a result, some industries have accelerated their adoption of ZLD systems to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on their operations and to ensure compliance with environmental regulations.

Furthermore, the increasing government regulations on wastewater discharge and the need to reduce water scarcity are expected to drive the demand for ZLD systems in the long term. As the global economy recovers from the pandemic, the ZLD system market is expected to rebound and experience steady growth.

Market Dynamics:
Increasing government regulations on wastewater discharge: Governments around the world are implementing regulations to reduce the discharge of liquid waste into the environment. ZLD systems can help industries comply with these regulations by purifying and recovering all of the water and converting the remaining solids into a dry powder.

Rising demand from various industries: Various industries, such as power plants, chemicals and petrochemicals, textile, and pharmaceuticals, are increasingly adopting ZLD systems to reduce their water consumption and discharge. This is due to the increasing awareness of the importance of sustainable water management and the need to reduce water scarcity.

Growing population and urbanization: As the global population continues to grow and become more urbanized, the demand for clean water is increasing. ZLD systems can help to conserve and manage water resources by recycling and reusing water.

Technological advancements: The development of advanced membrane technologies and other innovative solutions is making ZLD systems more efficient, cost-effective, and easier to operate. This is driving the adoption of ZLD systems in various industries.

Increasing focus on sustainability: Many companies are adopting sustainable business practices and are implementing ZLD systems to reduce their environmental impact. This is due to increasing consumer awareness and demand for sustainable products and services.

High capital and operational costs: ZLD systems require significant upfront capital investment and ongoing operational expenses, which can be a barrier to adoption for some industries.

Lack of awareness and understanding: Some industries and regions may not be aware of the benefits and potential cost savings of ZLD systems. This can result in lower demand and slower adoption.

Limited availability of skilled labor: ZLD systems require specialized expertise for installation, operation, and maintenance. A shortage of skilled labor in some regions can limit the adoption of these systems.

Regional Analysis:
North America: The North American market is expected to grow due to stringent government regulations on wastewater discharge, increasing demand from industries such as power, pharmaceuticals, and food & beverages, and the presence of key market players in the region.

Europe: The European market is expected to grow due to increasing concerns about water scarcity, government regulations on wastewater discharge, and the focus on sustainable industrial practices.

Asia Pacific: The Asia Pacific market is expected to grow at a significant rate due to rapid industrialization, increasing population and urbanization, and government initiatives to promote sustainable water management practices.

Middle East and Africa: The Middle East and Africa market is expected to grow due to the increasing demand for ZLD systems in the oil and gas industry and the focus on reducing water scarcity in the region.

Latin America: The Latin America market is expected to grow due to increasing government regulations on wastewater discharge and the adoption of sustainable practices in industries such as mining, chemicals, and power.

Competitive Landscape:
The global Zero Liquid Discharge System market is highly competitive, with a large number of established players operating in the market.

Some of the key players in the market include:
Aquatech International LLC
Suez Water Technologies & Solutions
Veolia Water Technologies
GE Water & Process Technologies
GEA Group
H2O GmbH
Praj Industries Ltd.
Saltworks Technologies Inc.
Samco Technologies Inc.
U.S. Water Services Inc.

These players are focusing on expanding their product portfolio, investing in R&D activities to develop innovative and efficient ZLD systems, and expanding their geographic presence through strategic partnerships, acquisitions, and collaborations. In addition, players are also focusing on offering customized solutions to meet the specific needs of various end-use industries.

The market is also witnessing the entry of new players, which is intensifying the competition. Some of the other key players in the market include Aquatech Systems Asia Pvt. Ltd., AQUARION AG, Condorchem Envitech, IDE Technologies Ltd., and Memsys Water Technologies GmbH.

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The report provides quantitative and qualitative aspect for the market in terms of value and volume, along with supporting market trends, challenges, restraints.

The report provides an in depth analysis from both production and consumption point of view at the regional and country level. Key Factors considered within the report scope are Production capacity by countries/regions, average price, consumption ratio, revenue earned and gross margin.

The report provides competitive analysis of around 30-50 companies operated in the market, these companies are bifurcated into niche players, the leaders and major contenders.

The companies are analyzed in terms of following factors such as:
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In terms of competitive landscape, the report provides distinctive factors that would help the end user in taking a key decision within the business:
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• Company Analysis by Revenue and Sales
• Company Production Capacity, Gross Margin
• Company Share Analysis by Application/End Use
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Market Segmentation:
By System Type:
• Thermal-based systems
• Membrane-based systems
• Hybrid systems

By End-use Industry:
• Energy & Power
• Chemicals & Petrochemicals
• Food & Beverages
• Pharmaceuticals
• Textiles
• Others (such as mining, pulp & paper, and electronics)

North America
• U.S.
• Canada
• Mexico

• U.K.
• Germany
• France
• Italy
• Spain
• Rest of Europe

Asia Pacific
• China
• India
• Japan
• South Korea
• Australia
• Rest of Asia Pacific

South America
• Brazil
• Argentina
• Rest of South America

Middle East and Africa
• Saudi Arabia
• Egypt
• South Africa
• Rest of Middle East and Africa

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