Our ambition

Veolia represents 21 years’ presence in Africa. Building on this long and beautiful story, my ambition is to write a new page.

I am convinced of our added value in a part of the world that is experiencing unprecedented development and where natural resource management is strategic.

Since what is profitable is sustainable, we will participate in accelerating the continent’s development and growth.
Christophe Maquet
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST

Contributing to the emergence of sustainable megacities

Africa is a growing continent that is experiencing the emergence of a large middle class. The considerable growth of African cities is not yet sufficiently supported by the necessary infrastructure to ensure the attractiveness of territories and sustainable living conditions for all categories of people. Urban expansion and population growth cause inevitable tensions in cities. These relate to resources, primarily drinking water, and then to the environmental and health consequences of wastewater discharges, which increases in proportion to the number of inhabitants and amount of water consumed.

The construction of sustainable cities for the future must be supported by sustainable partnerships with all local actors, thus building a more circular economy: recycling & waste recovery, access to energy, drinking water and sanitation, recycling of wastewater, energy efficiency... The challenge is also to give these cities the means to be more resilient to global warming.

 

Supporting greener industrial growth

On the continent, manufacturers face crucial development challenges: sustained growth objectives against the backdrop of greater competition, increasingly stringent environmental regulations, resource scarcity in areas where their production sites are located, the social acceptability of their activities. They also need to control production costs and operational risks. They are therefore looking for partners capable of acting on every aspect of their activity. Our strategy on the industrial market is to support the industrial sector in the face of these vital challenges by offering them a complete range of works and services that improve their competitiveness and their environmental and social impacts. There are five value creation levers:

• The right to operate (reuse of process water, zero liquid discharge plants)

• Operational efficiency, cost reduction (optimization of water and energy consumption, competitive waste disposal sectors)

• Maximizing returns

• Financial engineering

• Brand image and social and environmental responsibility