1 – The buildings in which we live and work use 40% of the world's energy. That consumption has increased by 30% in 30 years.
2 – In industrialized countries, people use drinking water for virtually everything. Yet non-potable, treated water can provide a suitable replacement for drinking water in a number of cases – such as washing clothes, flushing toilets and watering gardens – helping to save water resources.
3 – We can reduce the water and energy consumption of our factories and facilities by optimizing processes through measures such as reusing reclaimed water and creating heating networks fueled by recovered energy.
4 – The cities of tomorrow will be energy-positive: our buildings will produce more energy than they use.
5 – The cities of tomorrow will be eco-efficient. Smart grids and meters will improve the way cities manage their water and energy flows.
74 schools in Košice – Slovakia's second-largest city after Bratislava – had outdated, energy-hungry heating and hot water systems.
For Veolia, the challenge lay in reducing the schools' energy consumption without requiring any changes to buildings. Key initiatives implemented include: installing 17,000 thermostats, replacing old boilers with more efficient condensation boilers, adjusting heating curves and negotiating rates.
A campaign to raise awareness of energy savings is being rolled out among schools and residents in the region.
As part of this ambitious project, Veolia has committed to achieving energy savings of 19% by 2017.