Corporate responsability

Environmental responsability

The activity of the Veolia Group is inherently connected to the environment. The Group seeks to minimize the environmental impact of its activities by developing new technologies and sharing examples of Best Practices. Veolia includes the environmental aspect among its priorities in the context of the Corporate Social Responsibility strategy.

Technology and innovation

All Veolia Water companies in the Veolia Group in Romania have implemented Integrated Management systems which are certified according to the ISO 9001, ISO 14 001 and ISO 18 001 standards.

All Veolia Energy companies in the Veolia Group in Romania are ISO 9001 certified and have implemented management and control systems designed to maximize the efficiency in the operation of the facilities.
 

Carbon footprint measurement

Each type of human activity generates greenhouse gas emissions, whether directly through the consumption of electricity for water production and supply, vehicle use, etc. or indirectly through technologies emitting carbon dioxide during production, distribution, consumption and other phases.

Veolia contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
 
Since 2010 Veolia Water has calculated its greenhouse gas emissions on an annual basis using the EC’eau tool.
 
Within the Carbon Footprint Offsetting Program an afforestation campaign was carried out in 2013 with the participation of voluntary employees and their families. 3,000 oak, linden and ash saplings were planted to save 18 tons of CO2/year.


 
Promotion of biodiversity and environmental protection
 
Protecting biodiversity:
 

Our activities have an impact on the natural and aquatic ecosystems, in particular the water extraction and wastewater discharge into the natural environment. The focus on biodiversity preservation is a necessary commitment of a responsible company.
 
In 2012 - 2013 Veolia conducted a study on biological diversity in the area of the Arcuda Plant (150 ha) that included preparing habitat inventories, assessing the aquatic flora and fauna biodiversity, taking inventories of amphibians and reptiles, and local preservation aspects.
 
The obtained results emphasized both the remarkable diversity of the flora (354 taxa), vegetation (10 types of plant communities) and fauna (108 taxa), as well as the elements (plants, animals, habitats) of particular preservation value on both national and European levels.
 
Moreover, Veolia also implemented a biodiversity protection project in Ploiești. Since 2010 the plain related to the sanitary protection area around the drinking water wells at the 23 August Pumping Station has been managed with the aim of protecting the existing flora and fauna.
 
This plain area stretches over 25 hectares and acts as a "greenbelt" as it is a major link between the urban environment and the agricultural area. The measures taken have included the rethinking of the mowing method in order to allow the species the required time to achieve their reproductive cycles, building shelters for the fauna and three „hotels” for insects capable of hosting several species, which play an important role in balancing the food chain, and bringing beehives in the area, since bees play an essential role in the pollination process.

 

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Protecting resources:
 

Veolia operates according to its values, by supporting activities aimed at environmental protection, solidarity and patrimonial protection.
Each year Veolia's activities use up less and less natural and energy resources for the production processes.

 
Main rules that Veolia Energy follows in environmental protection
 

  • Environmental pollution prevention: energy savings, reducing the number of local production sources, developing district heating networks, etc.
  • Heat and electricity production in cogeneration
  • Constant improvement, upgrade and innovation of energy facilities

 
Cogeneration
 

This is a smart system of concurrent production of electricity and heat with a global yield of over 75%. By comparison, the separate production of electricity and heat has a yield of less than 55%. Thus, only 25% to 50% of the burnt fuel is turned into electricity, while the remaining part is lost in the cooling towers and smokestacks. In the case of cogeneration the energy losses are considerably reduced, reaching 15% to 25% at most. As a result, the environmental impact is also reduced.