Global issues now transcend economic priorities that had dominated the world until the beginning of this millennium.
Providing quality water for all, saving and recycling raw materials, developing alternative sources of energy, optimizing public transport are imperatives that require inventiveness, commitment, anticipation, responsibility and mobilization.
The role of Veolia Environnement's research teams is to put forward concrete and innovative answers to major issues pinpointed by the Group:
Manage and preserve natural resources
Water programs focus on seawater desalination and aquifer recharge using treated wastewater and storm water.
Our waste research studies ways to improve sorting.
In terms of energy resources, Veolia researchers work on reducing non-renewable energy consumption and cogeneration.
Control impacts on natural environments
Our goals include perfecting water treatment technologies, improving methods for capturing, storing and recovering CO2, limiting carbon emissions, controlling facility air emissions, expanding the use of electric vehicles for transportation, better controlling the impact of facilities, decreasing sludge production and recycling sludge.
Care for health and living environments
We conduct research on water treatment systems to meet the needs of developing countries.
Air quality, public health risk management and ways to improve transportation systems — through information, comfort, safety and accessibility — are also studied.
Develop alternative sources of energy
Veolia is concentrating on producing substitute fuels and biofuels, developing biomass and solar heating systems and creating industrial applications for fuel cells.
We are also looking at waste-incinerator energy recovery and assessing the potential of anaerobic digestion plants.