Meeting the world's needs for drinking water and energy is a major challenge
For Veolia, the challenge is triple. It is a question of developing access to these vital resources as well as preserving and renewing them in order to make them available to the greatest number of people, beyond social and geographical inequalities.
The scale of these challenges calls for an approach which is innovative, combined and circular, where the treatment of one resource contributes to the production of the other, or the surplus of some serves the needs of others. Their combined treatment also offers equally important synergies: biogas stemming from the decomposition of wastewater sludge supplies renewable energy, whilst the heat released by an industrial site can be recovered to supply the energy for a water production plant. Therefore, to economize, renew or valorize one of these resources is to do the same for the other. It is therefore essential to optimize the preservation and renewal of these fluids in order to satisfy needs at the same time as reducing natural resource extraction.
Veolia accompanies cities and industries in more than 40 countries for the management, optimization and valorization of their water and energy resources. Through building local systems of circular economy with these partners, we contribute to a more sustainable and better shared use of these resources on a large scale.
For example, future wastewater treatment plants will be true biorefineries: they will produce clean water, they will produce energy instead of consuming it, they will make biofertilizers and bioplastics from organic matter which is contained in sludge. Already, thanks to the progress our teams have made, we know how to create energy-neutral wastewater treatment plants, which produce as much energy as they need; and we know how to produce bioplastics from wastewater.
Satisfying the water and energy needs for as many as possible is a requirement for people's well-being and for human development. Veolia and its local partners worldwide contribute solutions, incorporating resources and needs, for a sustainable and renewable application of resources.
Secure water supply is secured and minimal impact
Provide citizens with good quality water supply 24/7
A true biorefinery
- International estimations foresee world demand in electricity rising by 50% up to the year 2050.
- As for the need of water for electricity, it should progress by 140% up to the year 2050.
- Veolia accompanies cities and industries in more than 40 countries for the management, optimization and valorization of their resources in water and energy.
- Veolia developps access to these vital resources, water and energy beyond social and geographical inequalities.