FRENCH BUSINESS CLIMATE PLEDGE: Veolia is one of the 39 major French companies which vow to combat climate change

Paris, November 26, 2015 – In the lead-up to the Paris climate summit (COP 21), 39 major French companies, employing a total of 4.4 million people worldwide and generating sales of 1,200 billion euros, have made a firm commitment to combat climate change. By signing this climate pledge, they want to contribute to making COP 21 a success and to limiting the warming of the Earth to 2°C. They emphasize their driving role and leadership in the fight for a more sustainable world.

Active since many years, our companies are taking concrete steps to reduce their carbon footprint through:

  • The use of active and passive energy efficiency solutions,
  • The use of renewable energy, notably hydro, wind or solar energy,
  • The systematic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions throughout the life cycle of our products,
  • The development of new low-carbon materials and solutions,
  • The reduction of food waste and packaging,
  • The adoption of long-term investment strategies actively promoting the energy transition.

 
From 2016 to 2020, the 39 companies plan to invest at least 43 billion euros in industrial projects and R&D devoted to renewable energy, energy efficiency and other low-carbon technologies. They also plan to finance projects for a total of at least 117 billion euros designed to help combat climate change.

 

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Group Media Relations​ 
Laurent Obadia - Sandrine Guendoul
Stéphane Galfré – Marie Bouvet
Tél. : + 33 1 71 75 12 52
sandrine.guendoul@veolia.com