Veolia is a Core Partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy initiative, which works to rethink and redesign the future of plastics, starting with packaging, and of the Foundation's Cities and the Circular Economy for Food project.
In 2015, Veolia supplied 100 million people with drinking water and 63 million people with wastewater services, produced 53 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 42.9 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia (Paris Euronext: VIE and NYSE: VE) recorded a revenue of €24.96 billion in 2015.Through recovery, recycling and reuse, Veolia is already putting the circular economy model into practice and is helping to ensure that resources are managed more efficiently.
Veolia has been increasingly seeking the most innovative means of “closing the loop” for both technical and biological materials, for example:
- Closed loop plastics recycling (Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden & Switzerland)
- WEEE collection and valorisation at rates greater than 80% (Triade project, France)
- Transition in business models; the company sells services rather than products (solvent regeneration / on-site waste reuse for industries)
- On-going pilot study in bio-plastics production from sewage sludge (Northern Europe)
- Production of energy (district heating and domestic hot water network) from recovered biogas and biomass issued from business and municipal waste (Electr’od, Plessis Gassot, France and Southwark & SELCHP facilities, London)
- Dedicated research and innovation centres working on new solutions for the circular economy (one of 7 key strategic themes)
Seven billion people live on Earth today. This is set to grow to nine billion, with three billion more swelling the middle classes. Over half of the world's population lives and works in cities.
People want progress, better living standards, and the goods they need to achieve just that.
For Veolia, this means being more inventive, more responsible and more efficient. Today, water, waste and energy can all be recovered, transforming what is discarded by some into valuable resources for others.
Thanks to technology and eco-design, resources can be used for a variety of purposes.
Water and waste can generate heat, steam, energy, bioplastics, biofertilisers, biofuels and other secondary raw materials.
In turn, these new materials can be recycled, reprocessed and reused, again and again.
Veolia is creating new work activities, a new economic and social dynamic.