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COP21: Veolia participates at "Business and Climate: a positive revolution for business?" event, organized by Positive Economy Forum and KPMG

On 1 December at UNESCO, Positive Economy Forum(1) and KPMG(2) organized the COP21 accredited event on the theme: "Business and Climate: a positive revolution for business?". This event took place under the patronage of France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development.
The goal: share innovations and pioneering practices developed by companies in favor of the Climate, on the international scene.

Veolia CEO Antoine Frérot participated in the round table discussion[3]: "Large French companies anticipate change". He reiterated Veolia’s contribution against climate change by acting in three areas:


Veolia promotes the circular economy which enables the reduction of CO2 emissions: recycling waste in order to transform it into new resources greatly decreases the use of natural resources, energy consumption, and therefore carbon emissions. For example when one makes a plastic bottle by recycling old bottles , one emits 70% less CO2 than producing bottles using new plastic.


Antoine Frérot, Président-directeur général de Veolia

"By not recycling waste greatly increases the use of natural resources, energy consumption and therefore carbon emissions. Conversely, turning waste into new raw materials, as encouraged by the circular economy, means that less CO2 is emitted rather than extracting virgin materials from the Environment”, said Antoine Frérot

Veolia reduces its energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and helps its customers to do the same: in 2014, 7 million metric tons of CO2 were avoided and the greenhouse gas emissions fell by 15 million metric tons - in total the equivalent of the annual emissions of a European city of 2.7 million inhabitants. 
Over the next five years Veolia is committed to achieving 100 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent of reduced emissions and achieving 50 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent of avoided emissions. For example, the Group converts coal power plants into forest biomass plants  (Lodz and Poznan in Poland), and recovers inherent heat from data centers and calories lost in wastewater  (in Toulouse in France). Veolia sets a carbon price for its investment decisions. It is a question of applying the polluter pays principle to carbon dioxide and to wastewater and waste: the Group has set an internal price of €31 per metric ton of CO2 for its investment projects (period 2015 - 2030); this price is consistent with the average advised by the experts.


More about:

-The event “Business and Climate: a positive revolution for business?”  
-Veolia’s climate solutions 

Date of publication: 1 December 2015


[1] Movement for a positive economy initiated by the economist Jacques Attali. (  )
[1] KPMG is a global network of audit, tax and advisory services ( ) [3] Other speakers: Jacques Attali, President, Positive Economy Forum & Positive Planet. Jay Nirsimloo, President, KPMG France. Elizabeth Borne, CEO, RATP. Patrick Gounelle, Vice President, Positive Planet. Frederic Mazzella, President-Founder, BlaBlaCar.