Biodiversity is depleting rapidly. There are many reasons for this: the deterioration and fragmentation of natural habitats, the over exploitation of natural resources, pollution, climate change etc.
Veolia’s core business helps in itself to protect biodiversity by reducing the effect of anthropogenic pollution that has a major impact on ecosystems. In fact, our water and waste solutions business activities collect and treat wastewater and waste which limits the dissemination of urban and industrial pollution into the soil, water bodies and atmosphere. With regard to our energy services business activity, the development of centralized urban heating networks which is continuously controlled and subject to strict regulations, helps to reduce the environmental impact compared to more polluting systems.
Dependency of our activities on ecosystem services
Veolia has conducted an analysis of the dependency of each of our business activities on the ecosystem services:
- The production of drinking water is directly dependent on the smooth functioning of the water cycle. Leveraging the benefits of the ecosystems in regulating the quality of water helps to maintain high quality water resources used for drinking water production and therefore limiting the amount of treatment needed to ensure that water is fit for consumption
- Sanitation activities depend on ecological factors: microbial activity and the ability of downstream aquatic environment to assimilate residual water content are critical to wastewater treatment
- For energy, biomass operations require a sustainable supply of wood energy
Commitment to biodiversity
Veolia’s commitment to biodiversity is applies to all the Group’s business activities and is monitored by a biodiversity committee that brings together the management teams of various entities. The commitment to biodiversity has three parts:
- Take better account of local biodiversity issues and design innovative solutions inspired by nature
- Implement environmental development and management initiatives on our sites and for our customers
- Raise awareness, involve more people both internally and externally and promote initiatives put in place in collaboration with local players
Taking better account of local biodiversity issues and designing innovative solutions inspired by nature
The Group focuses on methodologies and tools for evaluating the services provided by ecosystems and on the development of environmental engineering solutions.
With the Group’s commitment to preserve and restore biodiversity, Veolia India has entered into a partnership with International Union for Conservation of Nature early this year. Through this partnership, Veolia India has joined the “Leaders for Nature” (LfN), India, a business biodiversity network which engages multinationals to work towards greening the economy and mobilize companies to incorporate biodiversity considerations into their operation.
With the support of IUCN we look forward to spread awareness on the importance and necessity of preserving biodiversity. Together with their support we aim to spread awareness on the importance and necessity of biodiversity and to develop tools and methodologies which will help us to promote biodiversity in our operations.