Veolia Institute 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.
The Foresight Committee is the institute's central body. Its members include six internationally renowned experts who guide the Institute's approach by offering independent insight based on their wide-ranging expertise. Veolia Institute also draws on an extensive network of researchers and experts around the globe.
A TOOL FOR FORESIGHT
Its activities involve a three-pronged approach comprising international conferences, publications: S.A.P.I.EN.S, FACTS Reports and foresight studies.
> Conference on “Mitigating methane emissions: from science to innovative solutions”, a contribution to COP21
COP21, the climate change summit was held in Paris in November-December 2015, represents a major opportunity for climate negotiations The Veolia Institute has naturally chosen to structure part of its 2015 activities around this event. It has focused on the theme of methane, using its resources to raise awareness about this topic, which is still insufficiently addressed in strategies to reduce GHG emissions.
The Institute's contribution to COP21, was structured in two stages:
- An international Conference on the reduction of methane emissions, November 9, 2015, organized jointly with the Agence Française de Développement and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation at the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (ESEC). This event was granted official COP21 label by the French government. To know more: www.conference-methane.org
- Two side-events during COP21, on December 8, 2015, at Le Bourget to further disseminate the outcomes of the conference and continue the discussions on methane: one in the blue zone, official negotiations area, jointly with the US State Dpt and ISWA, and the other in the Climate generations areas dedicated to civil society.
> Conference on “Ecosystems, Economy and Society”
The 7th Future Environmental Trends international Conference of the Veolia Institute was 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 was organized jointly with Agence Française de Développement, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the US Water Science and Technology Board. The event brought together over 400 people and 52 speakers from 15 countries.
> To know more about Conference on “Ecosystems, Economy and Society”
JOURNALSTo achieve its aim of capitalizing on and sharing experience and knowledge, since 2007 the Institute has regularly published two pioneering journals: S.A.P.I.EN.S (Surveys And Perspectives Integrating ENvironment & Society) and FACTS Reports (to capitalize good practices, led by NGOs or entrepreneurs, for development or environmental protection).
In addition to unsolicited submissions of articles, the journals are rolled out via thematic or geographic partnerships. In 2015, these were:
- After a special issue of S.A.P.I.EN.S on large scale restoration published for the Conference in Washington, the 2015 articles addressed the vision of Pope Francis on preserving our common home; creating new performance-based sustainability indicators; the research challenges for preventing and controlling air pollution in China and the question of temporality on depollution.
- One special issue of FACTS Reports: on “Migration and Health” and articles on conservation agriculture; energy efficiency or the fight against insecurity. Special issues of 2014: “Haiti: Local innovations, the keys to sustainable and inclusive development”, “Last mile delivery”, “Local democratic innovations”.
FORESIGHT RESEARCHVeolia Institute works with its academic partners to develop a program of foresight research on key environmental trends.
> Recent researchThe European research project RAMSES, “Reconciling, Adaptation, Mitigation and Sustainable Development for Cities” was selected under the 7th EU Framework Programme for Research (FP7) in November 2012 to establish methods for assessing the resilience of urban infrastructure to climate risks. Until the end of 2014 the Veolia Institute contributed 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).
Veolia InstituteAnticipating economic, environmental and social trends, backed by a network of experts, to provide a platform for reflection and debate with academic and civil society.
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