COP26: ecological transformation at the heart of the fight against climate change

 Six years after COP21 and the birth of the Paris Agreement, signed by 195 delegations, the twenty-sixth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) will take place in Glasgow, Scotland from November 1 to 12, 2021. It will be a time to review and carry forward actions to fight climate change and achieve carbon neutrality. 

The IPCC report published in August sounded the alarm when it revealed that unless humankind takes rapid action, the +1.5°C threshold will be breached by 2030, with +2°C quickly exceeded this century. Just like countries, companies are expected to implement concrete climate solutions with specific time scales and targets. 

To live up to global environmental ambitions and build a sustainable world, Veolia is unswervingly committed to ecological transformation. The Group is working alongside its customers to safeguard resources and decarbonize their activities. This includes:

  • Optimizing energy efficiency in buildings and in industry: Veolia is committed to improving efficiency in installations that it operates, to promote the use of renewable energies, and to maximize the reuse potential of waste and water. The Group also increased the amount of biomass used in its energy generation plants by 14% (from 9% to 23%) between 2016 and 2020.

  • Treatment and recovery of waste, including plastics recycling: 391,000 metric tons of plastic were recycled in 2020, with a target of 610,000 tons by 2023.

  • Sustainable management of water resources, including the reuse of treated wastewater and improving yields from drinking water networks: the efficiency of drinking water networks serving more than 50,000 people was 73.4% in 2020; the target for 2023 is to reach 75%.

The study carried out for the Group in 2019 by consulting firm Roland Berger showed, among other things, that by accelerating energy efficiency in industry and buildings, and CO2 capture, we could avoid 2.8, 2.0 and 2.6 Gt CO2 eq. per year respectively by 2050. Veolia’s businesses could therefore contribute to reducing CO2 eq. emissions per year by almost a third by 2050. 

In 2020, the Group contributed to avoiding 12.8 Mt CO2 eq. and aims to avoid 15 Mt in 2023 by expanding its scientific and technological research further still.

To find out more about Veolia’s businesses, and its current and future climate actions,

See below the videos of our webinars!

The climate clock is ticking, but the battle is not lost... Solutions do exist.

Decarbonizing the global economy and fighting climate change are possible. Veolia is unswervingly committed to ecological transformation. With solutions to mitigate and adapt, to reduce our emissions and those of our customers... We are partners for decarbonization and resilience.

Discover all our commitments, our actions and our solutions for tackling climate change and building more resilient cities and industries all around the world, in our three webinars on Energy, Waste and Water.

Listen to our first webinar - decarbonization and the future of energy - with the solutions Veolia has implemented in Poland, the United Kingdom, the United States, etc.


Listen to our second webinar - desalination, wastewater reuse, digitalization - with solutions that Veolia has implemented in France, Oman, Denmark, etc.


Listen to our third webinar - Circular economy, Waste recycling & recovery - with solutions that Veolia has implemented in France, Australia, Latin America and Asia.