Generating renewable energy from biomass

The technologies and solutions that Veolia has developed to transform waste into energy provide sustainable, competitive and effective responses to the energy transition challenges facing local authorities and manufacturers.


Green local energy with biomass

A recharging point for electric vehicles, powered by renewable energy generated from locally collected organic waste: this scenario is real, and an innovative response to the challenges of the energy transition. Biomass, which includes all transformable organic matter of animal or vegetable origin, is undoubtedly a major – carbon neutral – resource for generating renewable energy.

Veolia helps local authorities and manufacturers to introduce or use more of this source in their energy mix, collecting and recovering different types of biomass. At the same time, the Group is a major player in cogeneration, which produces thermal and electrical energy simultaneously from a single energy source such as biomass, making towns less polluting and less dependent on fossil fuels.




• In GERMANY, Veolia is supporting a district in the town of Brunswick with the installation of a biomass cogeneration plant. The “green” electricity and heating it provides can supply more than 56,000 apartments and numerous businesses in the town.

• In IRELAND, Veolia operates the country’s largest biomass plant in Killala, County Mayo, producing the equivalent of 68,000 homes’ energy consumption.


14 to 28%

lower CO2 emissions from cogeneration plants compared with gas, oil or coal-powered facilities

More than 500

Veolia projects worldwide using biomass


A multifaceted performance creating high-impact solutions for all

Ecological transformation also means looking beyond economic and financial performance alone to work on environmental, social, commercial and human resources performance. Multifaceted performance means achieving the perfect balance between all these factors, which for us form an indivisible whole.


Our human resources performance

Business expertise and developing know-how

Our social performance

Developing organic farming; generating clean energy; creating local jobs

Our environmental performance

Meeting compliance requirements; smaller environmental footprint; energy and agronomic reclamation

Our commercial performance

Optimizing energy consumption and operating costs

Our economic and financial performance

Revenue growth and increased investment capacity

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