Combating climate change

By making the necessary decisions today to stabilize its emissions of greenhouse gases, in particular carbon dioxide, humanity could limit the increase on the global thermometer to around two degrees by 2100.

The transition to a green economy, based primarily on low carbon emissions, lies at the heart of Veolia Environnement's strategy as it works toward reducing its clients' carbon footprint.

Reducing and avoiding carbon emissions

Prioritizing biomass over coal

In Lodz (Poland), upgrading the city's heating network, which has been managed by Dalkia since 2005 (using wood energy and agricultural biomass, automating sub-stations, etc.) has resulted in a 35% reduction in CO2 emissions and a 48% reduction in SO2 emissions in 10 years.

Treating wastewater while reducing carbon use

In Suzhou (China), L'Oréal chose Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies to construct a flagship wastewater treatment plant. The solution it implemented is based on patented technologies and will result in an 82% reduction in CO2 emissions associated with waste transportation, which will in turn reduce the site's total emissions by 43%.

Defining a strategy for reducing CO2 emissions

In Monteria (Colombia), Proactiva Medio Ambiente is helping the city to measure its carbon footprint and define a Climate Plan with a target of reducing its carbon emissions by 20% by 2019.

Acting to reduce GHG emissions

The Group's own facilities, those it manages and the services it offers all emit greenhouse gases (GHG).

Veolia Environnement develops innovative solutions to reduce and avoid GHG emissions, from assessment all the way to technical solutions:

  • Offering diagnostic tools specific to each sector of activity to support our clients' own approach;
  • Improving the energy efficiency of facilities and services;
  • Making use of renewable and alternative energies;
  • Developing capture and treatment of methane from landfill sites;
  • Offering our clients and third parties access to energy, materials and solutions with a lower carbon content to help them reduce their emissions.

The Group therefore offers its clients solutions with a lower carbon content to help them reduce their emissions.

  • All the reduction and avoidance activities described above have helped the group to contribute to reducing GHG emissions: in 2011, these "non-emitted" GHGs represented 26.5 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent, that is, 59% of direct and indirect emissions from the Group's activities.

In addition to its energy efficiency targets, Veolia is committed to reducing and avoiding carbon emissions.

  • For its Energy division:
    - Improving the carbon performance of combustion facilities by keeping it below 0.232 metric ton CO2 emitted/MWhth produced.
    - Improving the direct carbon efficiency of energy services by 32% (in metric ton CO2 eq. not emitted/metric ton CO2 eq. emitted)
    - Assessing the carbon and environmental footprint of over 40% of operational entity head offices.
  • For its Environmental Services division:
    - Improving the methane capture rate to over 66% at landfill sites (% of methane produced).
    - Assessing the carbon footprint and embarking on an action plan to reduce it for 80% of entities.
  • For its Water division:
    - Incorporating scope 3 elements in the calculation of greenhouse gas emissions for 100% of sites