Supported by Veolia, these decentralized energy production and distribution systems represent a major step towards a resilient and responsible energy transition. As a producer of local, low-carbon energy, Veolia is committed to providing its customers with local solutions adapted to the constraints and specific features of each territory.
Local loops of energy developed by Veolia represent a major advance in the field of energy distribution. It's an innovative concept aimed at producing energy locally, then distributing it within a limited area. This approach addresses several of today's key challenges, from reducing greenhouse gas emissions to ensuring energy security for local communities.
As our society continues to evolve, cities have become hubs of activity. Today, they account for around 75% of the world's energy demand. Given this reality, local loops of energy are an essential solution for guaranteeing the sustainability of energy distribution. What's more, one of the major advantages of this solution lies in LLEs’ ability to recover as much lost energy as possible. This efficient approach enables the distribution of clean, environmentally-friendly and economically accessible energy.
Furthermore, one of the most striking features of LLEs’ is their ability to strengthen the resilience of territories to extreme climatic events. With climate change underway, extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and more intense. In this way, local energy production can compensate for potential failures of the traditional grid in the event of a crisis.
The challenge we face is a major one: how can we supply cities and industries with new energies while adapting our solutions to local resources? Veolia offers an innovative response by advocating the use of blends of gas, biomass and electricity, as well as the recovery of so-called "fatal" energy. The latter comes from surplus heat generated by facilities such as data centers, representing an opportunity to be seized for a more efficient use of energy.
LLEs’ aims to provide sustainable, local and efficient energy. By capitalizing on the resources available nearby, Veolia succeeds in creating a virtuous energy ecosystem, thus contributing to the preservation of our planet. Finally, Veolia is committed to setting up distribution systems that enable all citizens, as well as local industries, to benefit from this clean, renewable energy, without compromising their budgets.
Local loops of energy are much more than just an energy solution. They represent a vision of the future, where energy production and distribution are part of a responsible approach that respects our planet. Veolia has already proven the effectiveness of its solutions, paving the way for a city-wide energy transition. By investing in LLEs’, we are investing in a brighter, cleaner and more resilient future.
The wastewater treatment plant in Braunschweig, Germany, is now 100% self-sufficient in electricity thanks to the solution provided by BS Energy, our subsidiary operating at this site with a capacity of 275,000 population equivalents. Biological treatment of wastewater, thermophilic digestion of sludge and co-digestion with organic waste, cogeneration and biogas recovery have made the site energy self-sufficient.