Among the 100 candidates from French and international schools and universities, 19 students were pre-selected in November to present their final studies. The panels, made up of Group managers - from Human Resources, Research and Innovation, Sustainable Development and Communication - and representatives from Veolumni – Veolia’s alumni network – selected the 8 winners.
The 8 winners and their final projects:
Tim Poole from Imperial College London (United Kingdom) – mention Performance / External.
“The risk of microplastics in wastewater – a critical review for the water industry of microplastics macroproblem”: recommendations for control measures at source and research and development on the performance of wastewater treatment plants.
Marion Paulin from Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique in Toulouse (France) – mention Performance / Internal.
Construction of a toolbox to assess environmental risks and impacts in land-based environments: Soiltoolbox measures the quality of soils in relation to the anthropogenic stresses in cities and industries.
Benjamin Nuaud, from Groupe Sup de Co in La Rochelle (France) – mention Industries / External.
Communication and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) - how does communication promote the deployment of CSR approaches? Recommendation for communication based on proven facts and accountability at all levels, for greater legitimacy among stakeholders.
Claire Delaroa from Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA) in Lyon (France) – mention Industries / Internal.
Formulation of mineral foams for thermal insulation from secondary raw materials: model for the technical and economic enhancement of building waste and positioning this added value in the thermal insulation market.
Samantha Monticelli from Ecole des Mines in Nantes (France) – mention Industries / Favourite.
Evaluation of the water cycle for the manufacture of ready-to-use fruits and vegetables in Val Nantais: 40% reduction in the use of chlorine as a disinfectant, in line with the new environmental guidelines.
Bérengère Chays from Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne (France) – mention Cities / Internal.
To what extent does an infrastructure operator providing essential services contribute to the proactive resilience of a territory and facilitate the management of a critical event? Emphasis on the crucial role of R & D in risk prevention and strengthening social cohesion.
Lionel Delchambre from Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) – mention Cities / External.
How can we help to govern cities sustainably? Development of two tools for multicriteria decision-making, Kidisti and Prometheus, for the cities of Ghent and Charleroi.
Emile Geoffroy from Université Paris-Ouest-Nanterre-La Défense (France) – mention Cities / Favourite.
A dynamic analysis of ecosystemic services in the Ile-de-France region from 1990 to 2012: mapped measures of the environmental impacts of economic development at the municipal level.
Since 1998, the Trophées Performance have been awarded to the most innovative studies carried out by students, classified in 3 categories (performance, industries, cities) and 2 subcategories (internal - for internships or work-study carried out within Veolia - and external to the Group). The winners win a travel grant of 800 euros, and this year a return flight to Buenos Aires. There they will meet with Veolia employees and visit their facilities. Institutions with winning graduates receive a prize of 4,000 euros.