Climate: How Veolia is banking on the fight against CO2

Recycling raw materials, transforming waste into energy, reusing water… These Veolia businesses are effective means of reducing the consumption of greenhouse gases.

Antoine Frérot, CEO of Veolia, is very committed to the fight against. “We must give a cost to, according to the polluter pays principle and vice versa, that is to say that the one who pollutes pays. This money must be collected in an efficient manner and redistributed in the form of aid to those who invest in cleaning up, ”he explains.

But, to reduce carbon emissions, “it is necessary that the actors find an interest in it, that it is more interesting to clean up than to pollute”, he notes. Hence his proposal to, and to set up in the European Union a carbon “royalty”, more efficient than a market “.

A high price for carbon

The boss of the world leader in environmental services obviously involves his company in the fight against CO2. Since 2000, Veolia has made great progress in reporting its greenhouse gas emissions, its CEO said a few days ago. But, if the latter feels so concerned by this subject, it is also because everything that encourages its customers, in particular manufacturers, to treat their CO2 or methane emissions or to reduce them, is good for Veolia. . “Greenhouse gases are a form of pollution that is difficult to treat, and Veolia is a pollution champion,” explains Antoine Frérot.

Above all, the world leader in water and waste treatment has for several years been championing the circular economy, this mode of production which consists in transforming waste into raw material or energy and in reusing water. The process consumes much less carbon dioxide than manufacturing from virgin material. Recycled plastic bottles, for example, emit 70% less CO2. In other words, the more carbon will cost its emitters, the more Veolia’s services will be sought after by manufacturers.