Institut Veolia Environnement

Since 2001, Institut Veolia Environnement has been contributing to enriching the company's vision on the major challenges facing our planet.
A platform for reflection and debate, the Institute addresses issues at the interface between society and the environment, such as climate change, urbanization, along with environment-related economic, sociological and cultural questions.

A tool for foresight reflection

The Foresight Committee, the Institute's central body, consists of seven internationally renowned experts who contribute an external view from a variety of professional angles and who define the overall direction for discussions.
The Institute also relies on an extensive network of researchers and experts around the globe.

Its activities are based on three platforms: the Foresight Research Program, international conferences and publications.

The Foresight Research Program

With its academic partners, the Institute develops research programs that address major environmental trends.

Ongoing study on sustainable cities

  • European research project RAMSES "Reconciling Adaptation, Mitigation and Sustainable Development for Cities" accepted under the FP7 in November 2012 to establish methods to assess the resilience of urban infrastructures to climate change. The Veolia Institute takes part in the consortium of 13 academic and institutional partners, including Potsdam Institute for Climate Research (PIK, Germany), London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), World Health Organization, European secretariat of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and other European organizations.

Other examples

  • "Measuring urban environmental performance", with United Nations Environment Program.
  • "Comparing the carbon inventories of European cities" with the College of Europe (Belgium) and the Wuppertal Institute (Germany).
  • "Indoor air pollution in India" with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA).

International conferences

Through its Future Environmental Trends Conference program, the Institute is committed to contributing to debate and discussion about a different topic and in a different geographic region (France, India, Canada and China).

The Institute is organizing its 7th Conference in May 2014 in Washington DC at the National Academy of Sciences. The theme is "Ecosystems, Economy and Society, how large-scale restoration can stimulate sustainable development?" The event is proposed jointly with the US Water Science and Technology Board, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the Agence Française de Développement.

Conference "Poverty-Environment"

From Paris to Rio+20

The Institute proposed its 6th Conference in Paris on June 27-28, 2011 jointly with the Agence Française de Développement and in partnership with IUCN, WBCSD, IDGM, IPRCC and Social Business Chair of HEC. This event gathered 600 participants and 70 speakers on the theme "Reconciling poverty eradication and quality of the environment: what are the innovative solutions?". Brice Lalonde, Executive Coordinator of the UN Summit Rio +20, delivered the closing address on the preparation of Rio +20.

The Institute wished to expand the scope of its Paris Conference on "Poverty-Environment" held in 2011, at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20 by organizing a dedicated event in June 2012 in Brazil with Brazilian partners. The one-day conference on "Poverty-Environment" was organized jointly with the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro and with the support of the Brazilian Ministry for the Environment, the French Development Agency and Civicus on June 19. In front of 400 participants, the event gave the floor to 15 international speakers who addressed issues of biodiversity and poverty, sustainable and inclusive urban development, and the role of local officials.

In November 2011, background articles of the Paris Conference were included as a contribution to the preparatory document of the United Nations Secretariat as a basis for formal negotiations in Rio.

The active participation of the Institute in Rio+20 has offered a great opportunity to promote its activities and partnerships in an international forum at the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro and to contribute to the reflections on issues related to a common sustainable future.


In order to achieve its aim of capitalizing on and sharing experience and knowledge, the Institute publishes two original scientific journals: S.A.P.I.EN.S (interdisciplinary synthesis about environment-related topics) and FACTS Reports (spreading the innovative field actions of practitioners such as NGOs).

To ensure that knowledge is widely disseminated and exchanged, Institut Veolia Environnement makes its entire collection of study reports, conference materials and publications freely available to everyone.