Veolia, INRA and IRSTEA continue their collaboration in the field of water and waste management in the service of sustainable agriculture

Antoine Frérot, Veolia Chairman and CEO, Philippe Mauguin, CEO of the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, and Marc Michel, President of the Institut National de Recherche en Sciences et Technologies pour l'Environnement et l’Agriculture, yesterday signed a five-year framework agreement to continue their collaboration in the service of sustainable agriculture. Among the stated objectives was recovering the agronomic potential of soils using compost from the circular economy.

Veolia, INRA and IRSTEA are committed to continuing and developing their collaboration in the areas of network management and urban effluent, sludge and wastewater treatment and recovery.

For the last 20 years INRA and Veolia have been collaborating in the framework of the QualiAgro research project, which aims to characterize the agronomic value of urban compost through long-term field trials.

INRA, IRSTEA and Veolia are also partners in the Smart Ferti Reuse research program, which supports agriculture and local communities in relation to the agro-ecological management of their wastewater. They also contribute to the PROTERR program to develop fertilizer materials from residues within the territories.

Developing compost from the circular economy

The new agreement will focus on using urban organic waste (bio-waste, green waste and sewage sludge) as an alternative to synthetic fertilizers. With the aim of preserving ecosystems, better managing resources at the territorial level and exploring new circular economy models.

"This agreement will allow us to experiment on a large scale with innovative resource management solutions," said Antoine Frérot. "It is a move towards a circular economy that is able to preserve nature while also using it."


"This partnership between public and private research strengthens the synergy of our collaboration in the service of the major challenge of organic urban waste treatment and recovery," added Philippe Mauguin.


"This framework agreement will enable us to increase exchanges between public and private actors in the French water sector and compare the results of public research with the needs on the ground in order to produce innovative solutions that are adapted to the local context," emphasized Marc Michel.


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