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Antoine Frérot

CEO of Veolia

Our commitments

Veolia is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, both its own and those of its customers. Among the 9 sustainable development commitments made by the Group in 2015, 4 relate directly to fighting climate change:

  • Achieve 100 million metric tons CO2eq of reduce emissions on installations managed by Veolia between 2015 and 2020.
  • Achieve 50 million metric tons CO2eq of avoided emissions for the Group's customers, thanks to energy, water and material recovery, between 2015 and 2020.
  • Capture more than 60% of methane from Veolia's waste storage centres by 2020.
  • Achieve more than €3.8 billion in circular economy-related turnover by 2020.

Finally, Veolia contributes to fighting climate change by developing adaptation solutions for territories wishing to strengthen their resilience

More:

http://csr-performance-2017.veolia.com/csr-performance/managing-environmental-performance/contribute-to-combating-climate-change/challenges-and-actions/

Initiatives we are part of

SE4ALL District Energy, the Global Alliance for Building and Construction, The Business Alliance forWater and Climate, TCFD 

Today, maximizing the use of by-products from wastewater treatment is a major challenge for the operators and decision-makers responsible for managing wastewater treatment plants. Veolia has developed a sewage sludge recovery solution that makes sludge a resource and establishes local circular economy loops.

News

https://www.veolia.com/en/solution/sewage-sludge-green-energy-biogas-wastewater

Today, maximizing the use of by-products from wastewater treatment is a major challenge for the operators and decision-makers responsible for managing wastewater treatment plants. Veolia has developed a sewage sludge recovery solution that makes sludge a resource and establishes local circular economy loops.

The treatment of residual sludge from sewage treatment plants is a challenge that municipalities now have to tackle. They can achieve this by recovering the sludge to produce biogas by a process of thermal hydrolysis and anaerobic digestion.
 
Transforming sludge into biogas (which is a source of green energy) gives value to materials previously deemed harmful or even dangerous for the environment. It also helps combat the scarcity of raw materials and the use of fossil fuels.

For sewage treatment plant operators, converting sewage sludge into biogas complies with environmental regulations, drastically reduces residual sludge volumes and creates a new revenue stream, either by using the energy produced on-site, orby selling it to the local grid.

Case study: Braunschweig- Germany

Thanks to sewage sludge, the Braunschweig plant in Germany is 100% energy-efficient.

The wastewater treatment plant in Braunschweig, Germany, is now 100% self-sufficient thanks to the intervention of BSI Energy, a subsidiary of Veolia, which operates the site. It has a population equivalent capacity of 275,000 people.

Biological wastewater treatment, thermophilic sludge digestion and co-digestion with organic waste, cogeneration, and recovery of biogas have resulted in the plant being energy self-sufficient.

https://www.veolia.com/en/solution/sewage-sludge-green-energy-biogas-wastewater