Veolia Environmental Services

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Industry Management and treatment of waste
Headquarters Paris (France)
Key people Denis Gasquet, CEO of Veolia Environmental Services and Senior Executive Vice President and COO of Veolia Environnement
Revenue €9.02 billion – 2009
Employees 77,864 (31 December 2009)

Veolia Environmental Services (in French Veolia Propreté) is a division of Veolia Environnement. It employs nearly 78,000 staff, has operations in 35 countries around the world, and generated revenues of nearly €9.02 billion in 2009.[1]

It specialises in the management, treatment and disposal of waste, as well as the recycling, reclamation and re-use of waste products. Veolia Environmental Services manage solid and liquid waste, as well as hazardous and non-hazardous waste materials.

In 2009, the company collected 42.7 million tonnes of waste, treated 62.5 million tonnes, and recycled 12.7 million tonnes.[1]

History[edit]

1953: The French Compagnie Générale des Eaux (CGE) begins to collect household waste.

1975: The firm SARP Industry is founded to treat hazardous waste.

1980: CGE takes full control of the Compagnie Générale de Chauffe (CGC), a company with which it has already operated incineration plants since 1967. CGE also assumes control of the Compagnie Générale d'Entreprises Automobiles (CGEA), a business with significant presence in household waste management and in urban transportation.

1986: CGE opens its first waste drop-off centres.

1989: Creation of the Onyx brand, which unifies all of CGEA’s waste management activities. CGEA-Onyx eventually becomes Onyx in 2004.

2000: Birth of Vivendi Environnement, spun out of the environmental activities of the Vivendi Group (previously CGEA). In 2003, Vivendi Environnement becomes Veolia Environnement.

2005: Onyx becomes Veolia Environmental Services.[2][3]

Activities[edit]

Veolia Environmental Services collects, recycles and treats waste. Its activities cover liquid waste, solid waste, hazardous or non-hazardous waste, and refuse collected from household and industrial sources.[1]

Company services[edit]

For private companies, it delivers the following services:

  • Management and exploitation of waste, including collection and advanced treatment of hazardous waste
  • Operation and maintenance of chemical, petrochemical, metallurgical and automotive plants and equipment, including high-pressure cleaning services and cryogenics

In 2009, Veolia Environmental Services had 819,000 business customers in the world.[4]

Public authority services[edit]

For local authorities and boroughs (for example in Paris, London, Alexandria, Singapore and Dresden), Veolia Environmental Services collects and sorts waste, transports it to treatment subsidiaries and plants, and operates landfill sites.[5]

Some contracts secured by Veolia Environmental Services in 2010:

  • A 6-year contract to recover energy from compost and recyclable materials from household waste in the Angers region of France. The contract was awarded by the Angers Loire metropolitan area, and is worth over €45 million.[6]
  • The Hong Kong Government contracted Veolia Environnement to design, build and operate a sludge treatment plant. Veolia Environmental Services will operate the facility jointly with Veolia Water. The contract is worth €20 million per year, and the site will eventually produce 20 MW of electricity through energy recovery techniques.[7]
  • VES have a long lasting contract in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK in partnership with the local authority council. Run from the side of its unique Energy Recovery Facility its head of collections is run by Shane Atkins with his team of contract supervisors including Wayne Fennel, Anita Fieldsend, Louisa Schofield, Andrew Buckley and Lewis Robinson. [2013]

Sorting & recycling[edit]

Veolia Environmental Services operates 352 centres for sorting and recycling.[4] It treats and recycles waste to produce raw materials for industry. This includes collecting paper, cardboard, glass, plastics, wood, metal and waste electrical and electronic items.

Treatment and recovery of waste[edit]

A number of Veolia Environmental Services are based on specific treatment and waste recovery techniques and technologies.

  • Treatment of hazardous waste: incineration of organic liquid waste, recycling of solvents etc.
  • Storage and energy exploitation of non-hazardous waste. In 2008, Veolia Environmental Services launched a pilot facility for the production of biofuels from biogas emitted by non-hazardous waste stored at Claye-Souilly near Paris, France. The pilot has been fully operational since September 2009, and produces enough biomethane to power Veolia Environnement’s fleet of vehicles serving the Claye-Souilly site, resulting in a net savings of 882 metric tons of CO2 per year.[8]
  • Treatment of urban and industrial sewage and its re-use in agriculture.
  • Incineration and energy exploitation of non-hazardous solids for urban heating networks.

In 2009, Veolia sold:

  • €5.1 million MWh of electricity, equivalent to the electricity consumption of 900,000 Europeans,
  • 3.2 million MWh of thermal energy.[4]

Hazardous waste treatment[edit]

Veolia Environmental Services is a specialist in the treatment of hazardous waste materials. These include toxic liquid wastes, battery acids and fluids, solvents and metals. It has 71 physical-chemical hazardous waste treatment facilities.[4] In a demonstration of its business offer in this area, Veolia Environmental Services was contracted by the Ukrainian Environment Ministry to safely dispose of 1,000 tonnes of pesticide.[9]

Veolia Environmental Services worldwide[edit]

Veolia Environmental Services is located in 33 countries around the world:[4]

  • Europe (77% of revenues): France, UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Ukraine, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia.
  • North America (14% of revenues) and South America : United States, Canada, Bresil, Mexico
  • Africa, Middle East, South America (2% of revenues): Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Israel, Qatar, UAE, Mexico,
  • Asia-Pacific (7% of revenues): China, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Australia.[10]

Innovation[edit]

Veolia Environmental Services concentrates on six areas of innovation:

  • Managing organic waste (improving biological processes for treating organic waste)
  • Carbon footprint (reducing and eliminating greenhouse gas emissions associated with services and processes)
  • Material recovery (conserving natural resources and energy, thereby minimizing the environmental impact)
  • Energy recovery (improving the energy efficiency of treatment facilities)
  • Business performance (sharing best practices)
  • Knowledge and reduction of health, environmental and safety impacts[11]

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