World Oceans Day: how Veolia mobilizes to preserve the oceans

This year the theme of the United Nations World Oceans Day is "Our Oceans, Our Future". It is an opportunity for Veolia to talk about the initiatives to which the Group contributes to protect the oceans.

Reducing plastic pollution in the oceans 

Veolia is one of the main partners in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy initiative (NPEC). Its objective is to develop a new approach to the plastics economy based on circular economy principles. It is a question of redesigning the conventional economic model by addressing two challenges: designing packaging so that it generates as little waste as possible and inventing recyclable materials for food packaging. 

"A concerted effort by all stakeholders is needed to systematically make the necessary changes required in a circular economy for plastics. Veolia believes that the New Plastics Economy initiative provides an excellent collaborative platform from which to catalyse this transition. The "New Plastics Economy: catalysing action" initiative report provides a roadmap of priority actions for 2017-2018," explained Veolia Chairman and CEO Antoine Frérot.


Preserving the future of the oceans

Veolia supports the initiative of the NGO Green Cross France et Territoires which is publishing the guide: “Ocean: the keys for action” on World Oceans Day. It lists solutions for restoring and preserving the health of the oceans.

Since 2013 in the Mediterranean, the Veolia Foundation has collaborated on the Remora project, an ecological ocean environment restoration program creating artificial reefs in the bay off Toulon.

With the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Veolia Foundation raises the awareness of the general public and supports Mediterranean micro-initiatives to reduce plastic pollution. Through the BeMed program, 11 projects from Greece, Italy, Turkey, Cyprus, Albania, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Montenegro received awards in Monaco on 30 March 2017 in the presence of S.A.S. Prince Albert II of Monaco.

The Veolia Foundation supports the Tara Pacific scientific mission. This expedition aims to better understand how the coral is weakened by climatic and human phenomena. “Tara, l’odyssée du corail”, a film produced in partnership with the Veolia Foundation, was broadcast on 7 June on the television channel “France Ô” during a special evening on the oceans.

Finally, in the Netherlands, Veolia partners the startup Plastic Mining Cooperation, which collects and recycles plastic waste found on the beaches of "small developing island states" (the United Nations terminology). This allows these islands to not only preserve their environment and their tourism, but also generate additional revenue from the sale of recycled plastics.


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