“Humankind is living on ecological credit. It is no longer possible to exploit nature ad infinitum. To overcome the gap between declining resources and growing needs we have to liberate ourselves from the linear “Take, Make, Dispose” logic,” said Antoine Frérot. “In the circular economy, the useless becomes useful. Less becomes more: less waste and more resources, less taken from nature, less pollution and more quality of life. Less is more!
Veolia’s Chairman and CEO also spoke about the potential of the circular economy, which could save 1000 billion dollars’ worth of natural resources each year. Furthermore, producing new materials by recycling waste emits far less carbon that extracting virgin raw materials from the environment.
“Today, the world is caught in a dilemma between the need to satisfy the growing demand for energy, raw materials and water, and the need to protect the climate. Although the Earth itself accomplishes some of the work of dealing with carbon pollution, it’s up to us to do the rest. We cannot control the climate, but we can decarbonize growth, we can produce differently and we can make the economy circular and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” concluded Antoine Frérot.
Veolia is a major player in this new, more frugal and productive economy. The Group develops innovative solutions for its customers through which, for example, organic waste is turned into fertilizer, used cooking oil becomes biofuel, and waste water is transformed into bioplastics or energy…
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