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.
In 2015, the Veolia Institute launched its "methane" initiative for COP 21, with first an international conference upstream of COP21 which brought together high-level speakers and nearly 150 participants to the Economic and Social Council, and then two Side-events during the COP 21 at Le Bourget.
In 2016, the Institute continued to sensitize decision-makers on the importance of an action on methane, in addition to action on CO2, at COP22 in November in Marrakech. Thanks to its status as an Observer NGO granted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2015, the Veolia Institute organized, in the official zone, a side event entitled "Actions on near-term climate mitigation to achieve quality and achievements in the Paris climate goals and the SDGs". The Veolia Institute joined forces with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, the main voice for bringing methane and other short-term climate pollutants into discussions with policy-makers.
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The 8th 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.
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To achieve its aim of capitalizing on and sharing experience and knowledge, since 2007 the Institute has regularly published two pioneering journals: FACTS Reports (to capitalize good practices, led by NGOs or entrepreneurs, for development or environmental protection) and S.A.P.I.EN.S (Surveys And Perspectives Integrating ENvironment & Society).
• A special issue of FACTS Reports on: “Decentralized electrification and development”, jointly with FERDI
• A special issue of FACTS Reports: on “Environmental and social acceptability of major industrial projects: from risk management to shared prosperity”. Some of the previous special issues include “Migration and Health”, “Haiti: Local innovations, the keys to sustainable and inclusive development”,“Last Mile Delivery”, “Local democratic innovations”.• Some articles of S.A.P.I.EN.S on the theme of depollution addressing the question of temporality on depollution or the research challenges for preventing and controlling air pollution in China. Others in 2015 were published on the creation of new performance-based sustainability indicators or the vision of Pope Francis on preserving our common home. In 2014, a special issue of S.A.P.I.EN.S on large scale restoration was published for the Conference in Washington.
The special issues come with a series of discussion workshops. The release of FACTS’ special issue on « Electrification and Development » was followed by two seminars: one in October 2016 at the University of La Sorbonne and the other, in November, at COP 22 in Morocco, to contribute to the international discussions on the SDGs.