For three months, from 10 June to 10 September 2017, five million people will visit the international exhibition in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. The choice of theme "What energy for the future?" is that of a country committed to environmental issues, in particular through the sustainable and rational exploitation of its natural resources and the development of renewable energy. Kazakhstan aims to free itself from hydrocarbon dependency through innovation and technological development.
The France Pavilion at Expo 2017, inaugurated by Pascal Lorot, France’s Commissioner General for the international exhibition, is a showcase for the "energy of the future made in France" and focuses on three themes: sustainable cities, renewable energy, and eco-compatibility. Veolia is presenting solutions for turning waste and wastewater into energy and recovering the heat in wastewater:
In Pècs, Hungary, 170,000 inhabitants in the city are heated by a 100% biomass cogeneration heating network with a 35 MW power station using straw, and a 50 MW power station using wood residues. This solution avoids the emission of 400,000 tonnes of CO2 annually. Learn more.
In Marseille, France, the swimming pools at the Cercle des Nageurs de Marseille (CNM) are heated thanks to Energido, a solution that recovers heat from wastewater using a reversible heat pump that feeds the swimming pool’s heating network. In addition to the energy savings achieved by the CNM, 203 tonnes of CO2 emissions are avoided annually.
"Given the increasing scarcity of natural resources and growing needs in an increasingly populated and urbanized world, and given the issue of energy, we must rethink our relationship to resources and find technical, social and economic models that are more efficient, more balanced and more sustainable," explains Régis Calmels, Veolia Senior Executive Vice President Asia.
"France's ambition in terms of energy and the environment is exemplary. Its role in the signature of the Paris Agreement in December 2015 during COP21 was crucial and its businesses have the know-how to guarantee an energy transition that will serve green and sustainable growth. This is why for France the Astana Expo 2017 is an unmissable event on the theme of the energy of the future - a crucial issue for the today’s and future generations," adds Pascal Lorot, Commissioner General of France for the 2017 Expo in Astana.