1 september 2016

Veolia at the World Water Week in Stockholm

From 28 August to 2 September, the World Water Week in Stockholm brings together more than 3,000 experts from every continent on the theme of "water for sustainable and inclusive growth". The challenge: finding practical solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations in terms of access to water and sanitation, and control the impacts of climate change. Veolia is participating in the event, and with some of its partners presented some of its solutions.

Enfant et l'eau

 

For "inclusive water"

Ernesto Blanco, Delegate Director of Mexico City’s water authority (Sacmex), Patrick Rousseau, Director of Veolia India and Mauricio Romero-Lara of Veolia Mexico, participated in a round table discussion during which they explained the importance of including the social aspects in the water services in Mexico and India.
 

"When cities have a policy covering water governance, pricing and management through performance, Veolia is able to fulfill its potential and make an effective contribution to the project," said Patrick Rousseau.


During the "water for sustainable and inclusive cities" seminar, Ernesto Blanco also emphasized the key role of social entrepreneurship in meeting the challenges of water in Mexico. Launched in 2014, the "SenseCube Agua Urbana" incubator brings together Sacmex, Veolia, the social entrepreneur networks MakeSense, Ashoka, and Laboratorio para la Ciudad. To date five projects have been selected including that of the startup "Conciencia hídrica" which develops innovative water consumption management tools.
 

 

Industry moving towards a circular economy

Johann Clere, Veolia’s Open Innovation Director spoke on the theme of circular economy in industry. By promoting an integrated approach to water, energy and material flows, and by developing local loops between the cities and industries, Veolia creates value for all stakeholders in a particular territory: resource reuse, new opportunities for collaboration, cost reductions.

Veolia also supports manufacturers with water-related risk management (quantity, quality, regulation, and reputation). The challenge is to jointly implement strategies that create environmental and social value for local communities. 
Several large industrial companies - Nestlé, Heineken, SAB Miller - took part in the discussion and shared their experiences on some of their production sites.
 

"Creating value in industry now relies on minimizing water footprints and carbon footprints. And it is exactly what the circular economy brings," concluded Johann Clere.

 
 


"Water for sustainable and inclusive growth" on the 2030 agenda of the UN and post-COP 21

Population growth and changing water consumption patterns exert significant pressure on the availability of water resources. The "Global Dialogue on Water Security and Sustainable Growth" report coordinated by the OECD and the Global Water Partnership focuses on the relationship between secure supplies and growth. Meanwhile, the sustainable development goal 6(1) focuses on universal and equitable access to safe drinking water and sanitation by 2030 – an ambition that will bring with it economic and social development.Population growth and changing water consumption patterns exert significant pressure on the availability of water resources. The "Global Dialogue on Water Security and Sustainable Growth" report coordinated by the OECD and the Global Water Partnership focuses on the relationship between secure supplies and growth. Meanwhile, the sustainable development goal 6  focuses on universal and equitable access to safe drinking water and sanitation by 2030 – an ambition that will bring with it economic and social development.

 

More:

> Veolia’s water management expertise
> Read in Veolia’s climate blog “Recycling water – the circular economy in action”
> The World Water Week in Stockholm
> Veolia’s involvement in the World Water Week (Stockholm) in 2015
> Water for prosperity: resourcing the world, together

 

Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goal 6