Greater Nantes and Carène have renewed their trust in Veolia for the management of the Couëron (France) Waste Treatment and Recovery Center

Under this new contract, tied in with the French law on the energy transition, every year 185,000 metric tons of waste will be recovered in the form of energy in the Couëron Waste Treatment and Recovery Center (CVTD). Consequently 30,000 MWh of electricity (the annual consumption of 1,900 homes) and 75,000 MWh of heat (the annual consumption of 7,100 homes) will be produced. The heat from waste recovery will supply steam to the Nantes district heating network, as well as to an industrial site. The new contract will begin on 1 March 2019, for a period of 15 years.


“The renewal of the Couëron CTVD operation contract reflects the trust local authorities have in Veolia’s expertise. We were able to present an offer that allows regions to comply with and implement their energy transition policy commitments,” explained Bernard Harambillet, Chief Executive Officer of the Waste Solutions, Veolia in France.


Comprehensive waste recovery solutions

Veolia has been operating the Couëron CTVD since 1994. The site’s 90 employees are involved in energy recovery from household waste, sorting selective collection, and the treatment of unsorted waste from drop-off centers. This site has five certifications: ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 18001, ISO 50001, and Biodiversity Commitment.
The energy recovery unit (UVE) recovers 98% of the household waste as energy, backfill, ferrous and non-ferrous materials and road sub-base (clinker).
The selective collection sorting center (ATCS) will recover 100% of the 45,000 tonnes of waste from selective household collection. 96% will be recovered as materials for recycling specialists and 4% as energy.
The treatment of some of the unsorted waste (CTVD) from Nantes’ drop off centers, along with the "sorting waste" from selective collection, will produce a solid recovered fuel (SRF) which can then be used in the appropriate boilers.

Commitment to biodiversity and education

In 2016, the CTVD was the first such unit to be certified Biodiversity Commitment by ECOCERT Environnement. By enhancing the site’s ecological potential, Veolia is contributing in particular to preserving Angelica heterocarpa, a plant endemic to the region. The Group will also focus on education, through the Ecopole, an educational space that will open in 2020. 


Veolia’s waste and energy management expertise
Waste to energy (video) and waste sorting and recycling (video)
Press release: France – Waste recovery and recycling, Paris, 24 July 2018