9 july 2014

Recommendations by the working group on Recycling & Green Materials

Veolia Chairman & CEO Antoine Frérot presented the French Minister of Economy, Industrial renewal and digital technology with an action plan on july 9th to promote recycling. This plan is drawn up in partnership with key players in the waste and recycling sectors. Here, Mr Frérot recaps the working group's main findings.



French Minister of Economy, Industrial renewal and digital technology, Arnaud Montebourg appointed Antoine Frérot to head the working group on Recycling & Green Materials as part of the campaign to shape the "New Face of Industry in France." The goal is to promote the growth of competitive sectors on the cutting edge of innovation in waste management and recycling.


The goal is to promote the growth of competitive sectors on the cutting edge of innovation in waste management and recycling.

 

Recycling waste is a priority for France

"France has no raw materials; unless you count waste," explains Antoine Frérot. 

This is an economic, environmental and social issue, with the potential to create thousands of long-term, locally secure jobs in recycling over the next few years. 
 



Tangible proposals to facilitate recycling

The working group on Recycling & Green Materials advocates three key lines of action: regulatory and legislative provisions to promote recycling; specific initiatives to create sorting centers and energy recovery facilities; and targeted measures to support sectors with the greatest potential for recycling based on the amount of waste they produce (such as plastics and construction waste) or their high added value (WEEE and carbon-fiber waste).
 

"We set out to establish three tangible approaches: quickly fostering investment, job creation and innovation," explains Mr. Frérot. 

In total, we identified 111 projects, representing €800 million in investment and 1,600 new jobs. 23 were shortlisted as priority initiatives.


 

Recycling to provide new resources

Recycling involves all Veolia business lines, not just those linked to waste.
 

" Wastewater recycling is one possible solution for the future to mitigate the problem of water scarcity. Turning waste energy into a source of heat for cities is another path that Veolia is pursuing," says Mr Frérot, underscoring Veolia's drive to resource the world.