28 June 2012
The third United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20 which took place during June 2012, discussed the topic of the Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. Data gathered by UN experts have shown the world’s current growth model is contributing to scarcity of natural resources making it untenable in the long term, both for the planet and its people. The transition to a new genuinely sustainable paradigm that fully integrates economic, environmental and social issues is therefore vital.
The new paradigm is the green economy, the implementation of sustainability in business activity based on two principles: easing human pressure on natural environments and improving human well-being and social equity.
A report has been published to highlight Veolia’s strategic role in supporting the transition, by providing a range of integrated solutions in fields central to the green economy: water, waste management, energy services and transportation.
A summary of the report has been provided below which indicates the key aspects in which Veolia is committed to improving people’s lives while protecting the environment.
- Veolia considers sustainable urban development a major green economy issue, a core focus of its work is to design a sustainable, more resilient, smarter city as a “globally local” partner of public authorities.
- Veolia helps offset any unwanted impact on the planet, both through its specialist solutions designed to reduce pollution and restore the environment and through its policy of systematically assessing and managing the impacts of its activities. “Turning waste into a resource” is a core strategic focus of Veolia Environmental Services which recovered 40.4 million metric tons of waste in 2011, to produce 7.4 million MWh of electric and thermal energy.
- In addition to constantly reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions, Veolia strives to shrink the carbon footprint of its customers. Veolia helped to bring about a total reduction in worldwide GHG emissions of 27.5 million metric tons of carbon equivalent in 2010.
- Veolia actively supports the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) set by the UN. That is why, working with authorities under delegated management contracts, it conducts programs that ensure access to essential services for communities lacking water, wastewater or power services.
- Veolia helps to create a fairer society through its corporate social responsibility (CSR) commitments, especially its initiatives to promote equal opportunity: finding jobs for young people without diplomas, employment programs and stakeholder education.
Waste Awareness Officer
Veolia Environmental Services (UK) Plc.
Wallasey Bridge Road
Tel: +44(0) 203 567 4223
Mob: +44(0) 779 232 0463
Fax: 0151 651 3781
Notes to the editor
Veolia Environmental Services, part of the Veolia Environnement Group, is the UK’s leading waste management company. With a sizeable presence throughout the UK, mainland Europe and the world, Veolia Environmental Services employs over 77,000 people in 33 countries and serves more than 800,000 business clients worldwide. Veolia Environmental Services is the only global provider of a full range of services for handling hazardous and non-hazardous solid and liquid waste. It provides waste management and logistics services as well as materials recovery and recycling. Veolia Environmental Services generated revenue of €9.08 billion in 2012.
We are committed to protecting the environment and improving the lives of the communities in which we operate and have been awarded Platinum Rating in Business in the Community’s Corporate Responsibility Index for 2013.
Veolia Environnement (Paris Euronext: VIE and NYSE: VE) is the worldwide reference in environmental services. The company has operations all around the world and provides tailored solutions to meet the needs of municipal and industrial customers in three complementary segments: water management, waste management and energy management. Veolia Environnement recorded revenue of €29.4 billion in 2012.
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