Veolia works closely with customers to provide solutions designed to rise to the challenge of combating climate change.
The series of reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have confirmed that we can expect an average global temperature increase of more than 2°C by the end of the century if we fail to significantly reduce anthropogenic emissions. The impact of climate instability beyond that point is potentially dramatic and can no longer be modeled using the tools available today.
Climate change is largely the result of an economic model made popular since the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century, rooted in the extensive, linear consumption of natural resources, especially fossil fuels. The now-acknowledged effects of climate change provide ample proof that this model is untenable from an environmental, economic and social standpoint. The problem is set to be compounded by another century of population growth, urbanization and globalization.
Armed with this knowledge, Veolia has stepped up its commitment to help create a low-carbon society by significantly cutting emissions of CO2. Its solutions and services have helped to significantly reduce and prevent greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).
Veolia provides tailored assessment tools to support customers through its different business activities: improving the energy efficiency of facilities and services; promoting the use of renewable, alternative energy sources; providing materials recovery and waste-to-energy solutions to optimize resource productivity; supplying customers and third parties with energy, materials and low-carbon solutions to reduce emissions.
Veolia’s solutions help regions already experiencing a significant impact to adapt to climate change. Examples include developing alternative resources including wastewater reclamation and seawater desalination for countries that are facing water scarcity.
Veolia's solutions prevented 24 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent worldwide in 2013.