Business activities

Veolia designs and delivers services that are vital to human development and sustainable performance through three complementary business activities: water management, waste management and energy services. The company provides innovative, sustainable solutions to improve people's everyday lives and protect future resources.

WATER MANAGEMENT
Water is our lifeblood. Yet resources are unevenly distributed around the globe with significant differences in quality. 60% of the world's freshwater resources are split between just 10 countries.

  • Veolia makes water fit for drinking, gets it to where it is needed, collects it once used, treats it then recycles it for household and business use.
  • From pilot initiatives to operations on an industrial scale, Veolia treats wastewater to make it suitable for consumption and reclaims it for use in areas such as power generation and fertilizer production.
  • In addition to its comprehensive management of the different stages of the water cycle for household use and industrial processes, Veolia continues to innovate and raise awareness to reduce waste and produce viable, alternative resources on a broad scale.

 
ENERGY SERVICES
The ability to provide cleaner, more accessible, more sustainable energy sources is a key challenge in the drive to tackle issues related to climate change, volatile prices and dwindling resources.

  • Veolia provides the blueprint for a low-carbon, circular economy by promoting more efficient consumption and turning waste into a resource through the use of biomass.
  • Veolia partners industry in its search for improved environmental and economic performance, working alongside stakeholders to devise new industrial processes using new, greener, more sustainable energy sources.
  • Veolia is actively involved in developing complex urban services through measures such as combined management of water, energy and waste services.

 
WASTE MANAGEMENT
Waste volume and related risks entail growing environmental, economic and health costs, making sustainable management a crucial cornerstone of any future economic model.
 

  • Veolia collects, sorts, treats and recycles millions of tons of municipal and industrial waste every year. An increasing amount of this waste is looped back into new consumption and production cycles.
  • In addition to its wide-ranging waste management services, Veolia continues to develop biomass production, using organic waste as a resource for industrial production processes and municipal services.

Veolia has acquired unparalleled expertise in preventing and treating complex sources of pollution in areas such as soil remediation and decommissioning solutions for end-of-life industrial infrastructure and facilities.

 

Key figures 2021

In 2021, the Veolia group supplied 95 million people with drinking water and 62 million people with wastewater service, produced nearly 43 million MWh of energy and treated 47 million metric tons of waste. Veolia Environment (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE) recorded consolidated revenue of €28,508 billion in 2021.

WATER

95 million people supplied with drinking water

2,737 wastewater treatment plants managed

3,362 drinking water plants managed

62 million people connected to wastewater system

 

ENERGY

45,806 thermal installations managed

611 heating and cooling networks managed

43 million MWh produced

2,137 industrial sites managed

 

WASTE MANAGEMENT

464,948 business clients

47 million metric tons of waste treated

685 processing facilities operated

Waste collection services on behalf of local authorities for 40 million individuals