5 june 2017

World Environment Day: Veolia reasserts its commitments for the planet

In 2015, Veolia made three commitments for the planet: contribute to combating climate change, conserve biodiversity and sustainably manage natural resources by promoting the circular economy. Each of these commitments is backed by a series of 2020 performance targets.

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These three environmental issues for which Veolia has made commitments are closely linked: the impact of climate change on ecosystems affects biodiversity; the circular economy, which promotes improved use of resources, is a way of reducing our environmental footprint and that of our clients.
 

Contribute to combating climate change

2020 targets:
Cumulate over the period 2015-2020, 100 million metric tons CO2 equivalent reduced emissions and 50 million metric tons CO2 equivalent avoided emissions (in 2016: 29.4 million metric tons CO2 equivalent reduced emissions since 2015, and 12.4 million metric tons CO2 equivalent avoided emissions since 2015).
 
Several examples of actions implemented by Veolia to combat climate change:
  • In France, near Arras, at the Artois anaerobic digestion site, and in China at the Laogang site, Veolia uses the anaerobic digestion process to produce biogas from waste. This biogas is then used to generate green electricity
  • In the United States, in New Orleans, Veolia and its partner Swiss Re are conducting a pilot project to help the city improve its resilience to climate disasters
  • Worldwide, Veolia manages pilot centers to improve the energy efficiency of buildings: Ireland, Sweden, Dubai, etc.


Conserve biodiversity

2020 target:
Deploy an action plan in 100% of sites with significant biodiversity issues (40% in 2016).

Several examples of actions implemented by Veolia to conserve biodiversity:
  • In Loire-Atlantique, western France, Veolia developed a unique bio-surveillance method for the Pays de la Mée water authority’s drinking water catchment area: bees are used as bio-indicators of the environment’s health
  • In China, where Veolia is working with Sinopec to treat the industrial concern’s wastewater, actions have been implemented to increase the capacity and effectiveness of its wastewater regeneration units. The treated water is discharged into the Niukouyo biodiversity reservoir; follow-up inspections conducted in 2014 showed that the flora and fauna had benefited from the efforts implemented.


Sustainably manage natural resources by promoting the circular economy

2020 target:
Achieve €3.8 billion of revenue linked to the circular economy.

Several examples of actions implemented by Veolia to sustainably manage resources by promoting the circular economy:
  • In Rostock, Germany, Veolia recycles PET plastic bottles to make new bottles
  • In Durban, South Africa, Veolia recycles the city’s wastewater for use by local industrial concerns
  • In Lutelandet, Norwegian North Sea, Veolia is dismantling a 14,000-metric ton oil platform and recycling 99.7% of its component materials.
 

“Veolia generates value wherever its solutions are implemented to create a more circular economy. Because the low-carbon economy is not just a utopic ideal. Through its action and its commitment, wherever it operates locally, Veolia demonstrates that the environment and development are compatible,” reasserts Antoine Frérot, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Veolia.

Find out more:
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Veolia’s climate blog, “Let’s talk about climate”