Circular Economy

Veolia has the solutions to spearhead the sustainable transition of our manufacturing and consumption practices needed to adopt more ecologically friendly ways of life that simultaneously advance human development and provide fresh impetus to the world economy.

With the company’s focus on enhanced resource management across water, waste and energy, we’re a key environmental services provider with the solutions to make the changes needed for tomorrow’s world: a world of circular economies.

The circular economy is so named to reflect the patterns and systems of reuse and recycling of products indefinitely. Each product at end-of-life becoming a new resource rather than merely being discarded. The circular economy recognises the value of ‘waste items’, repurposing them as alternative resources that can be used again and again in a circular goods cycle.

This is in contrast to traditional ‘industrial’ economies whereby socio-economic processes work as a linear flow of goods and resources: resources are extracted to produce energy and goods, which end up in the bin.

Veolia’s solutions and technologies play a key role in:

  • reducing the use of natural resources and fossil fuels;
  • promoting widespread recycling and waste recovery;
  • providing waste-to-energy solutions that generate energy in dealing with waste; and
  • providing new raw materials.

As One Veolia, we’re working hand-in-hand with cities and industries to provide new industrial patterns based on performance, efficiency and ecological responsibility! #LivingCircular

Recognizing the value of resources

As it relates to water specifically, Veolia has a number of tools designed to evaluate the role of water and how its use and management can be specifically optimised:

  • Water Impact Index: This index examines the effect of human activity on water resources. It provides a methodology where positive and negative implications of how water resources are established, assessed and managed. It allows us to make better informed choices about how we can optimise water management.
  • True Cost of Water: This tool takes a comprehensive view of direct, indirect and risk-related costs related to water usage in any given operation. With better assessment of these costs, decision makers can implement optimum strategies to prevent water-related risks from occurring and reducing their financial implications.

Bottom line impacts

  • Reducing carbon and water footprints optimizes costs and minimizes financial and environmental risks.
  • New valuable byproducts, such as wastewater-produced bioplastics, balance economics with environmental stewardship.
  • Water reclamation technology allowed Chevron to meet its water needs with recycled water, enabling its San Ardo oil field development to progress in California.

Find out more about how Veolia can enhance resource use in your operation! Send us an enquiry.

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