Veolia Environnement: helping its clients develop sustainable economic performance.
Veolia promotes the sustainable growth of cities
The transition to a green economy will take place on a local level, through sustainable economic development of cities (now home to over half of the world's population, with the figure set to rise to 70% by 2050). Through its "globally local" approach, Veolia is fully committed to this campaign.
- Partnering with local authorities
Public-private partnerships established over the past 150 years—including delegation of public services in France, Private Finance Initiatives (PFI) in the UK, PPP in Asia, and PPP in the Netherlands—make Veolia a real long-term partner for local economic development.
- Promoting the economic growth of cities
Veolia provides public authorities with services that support the local economy (Veolia gives priority to local purchases and partnerships with local companies) and contribute to the appeal of cities, like Leeds in the UK.
- Contributing to sustainable city planning
- Veolia helps cities prepare to deal with crisis situations linked to climate change (particularly with regard to public infrastructure operations and the continuity of essential services).
- To make cities more efficient, Veolia develops "smart grids" that feature the latest advances in information technology, making it possible to process information in real time and help users reduce their consumption.
- Veolia helps cities shape their future development, providing consulting services and studies, through its specialist subsidiary 2EI, to assist urban planners, architects and developers in designing sustainable cities.
Veolia underpins sustainable performance in industry
Innovative approach based on a real team effort from the outset:
- Unique portfolio of technologies, allowing industry to outsource management of utilities that are not part of their core expertise and reduce their operating costs
- Making it easier to manage many different subcontractors by ensuring a single point of contact for each customer
- For existing sites, this sustainable performance promotes lasting success through solutions that combine environmental performance and economic performance
- On greenfield projects (involving previously undeveloped sites used to house new industrial infrastructure), Veolia's understanding of the different industrial stakeholders, combined with its scope for innovation, leads to solutions able to harness and sustainably-reduce the impact of activities. One such example is the Renault plant in Tangier, Morocco, which sets the standard in environmental impact reduction initiatives.
- Veolia supports the international development of its industrial clients.
The company was selected by Bristol Myers Squibb laboratories as an exclusive partner to handle all of its facilities management operations in Europe (six countries and 10 sites).
Veolia helps create new economic and contractual models
Effectively applying sustainable development to economic issues means integrating environmental and social aspects into measurements of economic performance.
- Veolia Environnement implements concrete solutions that anticipate this new economic thinking through contractual innovations such as linking compensation for its services to environmental performance:
- Through its energy performance contracts (Garantie de Performance Energétique et Ecocarbone), Dalkia teams up with customers in offering a commitment to specific energy savings, covering every stage of the energy chain from initial supply to guiding the practices of end users;
- Many contracts that Veolia Water has signed with local authorities to produce and supply drinking water are in part linked to a commitment to achieve economic, environmental and social performance targets, as in the company's contract to reduce water loss in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia).
- Veolia Environnement provides, clear, comprehensive communications on its performance with regard to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).