History of Veolia Environnement.
Ozone, a major technological breakthrough
A process using ozone to filter and sterilize water was developed to supplement or replace chloride. It was implemented for the first time four years later. Spending on research and development rose steadily throughout the 20th century, eventually leading to the creation of the Water Research Center, Energy and Waste Management Research Center and Transportation Research Center.
Founding of Compagnie Générale d'entreprises Automobiles
Charles Blum created Compagnie Générale d'entreprises Automobiles (CGEA), to buy, sell, maintain and operate a fleet of industrial vehicles equipped with a front-end invented by Georges Latil.
CGEA entered the Paris household waste collection market in 1919. It merged with CGE in 1980.
Chauffage Service created
Léon Dewailly created Chauffage Service, a company specializing in the operation of heating and air-conditioning systems.
In 1960, Chauffage Service merged with Compagnie Générale de Chauffe (CGC), created in 1944, and the expanded company joined CGE in 1967.
100th Anniversary of Compagnie Générale des Eaux
The same year Compagnie Générale des Eaux celebrated its centennial it was supplying 8 million people with water in France over a 10,000-kilometer network.
CGE was also branching out into new services, such as municipal waste collection.