Institut Veolia

Institut Veolia has been enriching the company's initiatives and foresight on the major challenges facing our planet since 2001. A platform for reflection and debate, the institute tackles issues related to society and the environment – such as climate change and urbanization – while addressing an array of environment-related economic, sociological and cultural issues.

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Anticipating economic, environmental and social trends, backed by a network of experts, to provide a platform for reflection and debate involving...


The Foresight Committee is the institute's central body. Its members include seven internationally renowned experts who guide the institute's approach by offering independent insight based on their wide-ranging expertise. Institut Veolia also draws on an extensive network of researchers and experts around the globe. Its activities involve a three-pronged approach comprising foresight research, international conferences and publications.
Foresight research
Institut Veolia works with its academic partners to develop a program of foresight research on key environmental trends.

> Ongoing city studies
The RAMSES initiative on Reconciling, Adaptation, Mitigation and Sustainable Development for Cities is a project selected under the 7th EU Framework Programme for Research (FP7) on Strategies, Costs and Impacts of Adaptation to Climate Change in November 2012. Institut Veolia contributes to the project in conjunction with 12 academic and industrial partners including the Potsdam Institute for Climate Research (PIK) in Germany, the London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK, the World Health Organization (WHO), the European secretariat of ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability, and a number of other bodies in Germany, the UK, Belgium, France, Italy and Spain.

> Other examples
  • Measuring urban environmental performance with the United Nations Environment Programme in 2011-2012.
  • Comparing the carbon inventories of European cities with the College of Europe (Belgium) and the Wuppertal Institute (Germany) in 2009-2010.
  • Indoor air pollution in India with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA).
Institut Veolia Environnement 2012-2013 Activity Report
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Institut Veolia lies in a unique combination of scientific method and analysis of field practices.


The 7th international conference will be held at the Academy of Sciences in Washington DC on May 29-30, 2014, on Ecosystems, Economy and Society: how large-scale restoration can stimulate sustainable development. The event will be organized jointly with Agence Française de Développement, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the US Water Science and Technology Board.
> The “Ecosystems, Economy and Society” conference website
The 6th conference was held in Paris in June 2011 on Reconciling poverty eradication and quality of the environment and was extended during the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012.
> “Poverty-Environment” conference

From Paris to Rio+20
After three events abroad, the Institute organized its 6th conference in Paris on June 27 and 28, 2011, on the theme of Reconciling poverty eradication and quality of the environment: what are the innovative solutions?
Organized in conjunction with Agence Française de Développement (AFD) in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (UICN), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the Initiative for Development and Global Governance (IDGM), the International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC) and the Chair for Social Business at HEC, the event attracted nearly 600 participants and 70 speakers. Brice Lalonde, Executive Coordinator for Rio+20, gave the closing speech, placing the messages of the conference within the context of Rio+20.
Institut Veolia set out to expand the scope of the Paris conference during the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development by organizing a special event in Brazil in June 2012.
In November 2011, background papers from 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 institute was actively involved in Rio during the conference, arranging a one-day “Poverty-Environment” conference  in partnership with the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro, with the support of Brazil's Environment Ministry, Agence Française de Développement and Civicus. With some 400 people in attendance, the event gave the floor to 15 international experts, who addressed issues of biodiversity and poverty, sustainable and inclusive urban development, and the role of local stakeholders.
Institut Veolia was able to demonstrate the progress made with its partners to international bodies and shed new light on issues related to a common sustainable future.


To achieve its aim of capitalizing on and sharing experience and knowledge, the institute publishes two pioneering scientific journals: SAPIENS  (Surveys And Perspectives Integrating ENvironment & Society) and FACTS Reports  (promoting the innovative field actions of practitioners such as NGOs).
To ensure that knowledge is shared to the full, Institut Veolia Environnement makes its entire collection of study reports, conference materials and publications freely available to all.