The report Activated Carbon Global Industry, Markets & Outlook by Roskill, a market research company, examines the activated carbon market. Activated carbon production is based largely on coal, coconut shells, and wood charcoal, and raw materials availability can be an issue in terms of increasing activated carbon supplies to meet demand. According to the report, activated carbon markets were reinvigorated going into 2017 following the US Court of Appeal’s decision to keep the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) regulation in place. It’s estimated that once all coal-fired utilities are in compliance with MATS, the US industry will consume 150,000 tons per year to reduce mercury emissions. Powdered activated carbon systems are one of the most dominant technologies to control these emissions.

The report notes that nearly 40 percent of the electricity generated in the US comes from burning coal. In China, more than 80 percent of electricity generation is from coal-fired power stations. If China were to enact similar regulations, the potential world demand for activated carbon in flue-gas treatment systems could double to 300,000 tons per year of powdered activated carbon. China was one of the countries that signed the Minamata Convention on mercury on January 19, 2013, and China went on to ratify the treaty on August 31, 2016.

The other important market for activated carbon is municipal water treatment, which is a long-term growth segment for activated carbon according to the report. Water treatment in industrializing countries represents a larger, long-term potential market through 2025. Expansion to meet growing demand has been led by China and the US, but at least four other countries have increased their capacities. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report, visit