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COP21: "What if building a rounder future was the solution?" Antoine Frérot hosts a conference on the theme of circular economy with the participation of Nicolas Hulot

Antoine Frérot, Chairman and CEO of Veolia, was at the Grand Palais on Wednesday to host a conference on the circular economy called "What if building a rounder future was the solution?"


The event was held as part of the "Solutions COP 21" exhibition, of which Veolia is a founding member. Around one hundred elected officials, customers and partners of the Group gathered around Antoine Frérot and Nicolas Hulot, special envoy of the French President for the Protection of the Planet. The objective was to discuss new cooperative actions to be implemented locally in order to foster the emergence of a more circular economy.
It was an opportunity for Veolia to present three solutions that provide concrete answers to the challenges of climate change:
  • The use of biomass for district heating in Pécs (Hungary)
  • Wastewater recycling in Durban (South Africa) to mitigate water stress
  • The production of biogas from organic waste near Arras (France)


Antoine Frérot, Président-directeur général de Veolia

According to Antoine Frérot, "These different solutions prove that a low-carbon economy is not a utopia. Of course, we cannot control the climate, but we can decarbonize growth, we can produce differently, and we can make the economy circular."

The guests were then able to take a "journey to the land of + 2°C" at the Veolia stand. The Group’s booth offers an immersive and experiential course to raise visitors’ awareness on the challenges of climate change. 



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Date of publication: 9 December 2015