Bring cities back to their residents

Beyond the adaptation strategies offered to territories exposed to extreme weather and climate events, resilience gives the opportunity to view cities differently and to build the city of the future, which is more attractive, inclusive and circular. 

Enhance risk prevention


According to the World Bank Group , each euro invested in risk prevention results in 7 euros saved in post-crisis reconstruction costs. Thus, to prevent - and cope with - potential disasters and enhance their attractiveness, cities need to work upstream in close cooperation with those who make them and live in them. Consequently, as part of the "100 Resilient Cities" initiative pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation , Veolia and Swiss Re have established an innovative partnership that aims to combine our areas of expertise and so improve the cities’ resilience . A first experiment was conducted in New Orleans where concrete recommendations were made to strengthen the resilience of its water and energy infrastructure. The resilience of a territory also depends on proactive risk management  - as Veolia has demonstrated in Copenhagen where its modeling tool anticipates floods, and as a result, avoids 90% of them.

Resources, treasures of the territories 

Resilience also means ensuring the availability of resources in a territory. On Dolphin Energy’s natural gas production and processing facilities in Qatar, Veolia directly reuses water from the wastewater treatment plant.  The goal is to reduce both the volume of wastewater – usually injected into reinjection wells on the Ras Laffan refinery - and the volume of desalinated water acquired from external sources.


It is also about renewing resources on the basis of a circular economy model in order to reduce both a territory’s dependence and its impact on the climate. In Rostock, where Veolia recycles one billion plastic bottles for new food uses per year , 31,000 tonnes of oil are saved and the emission of 110,000 tonnes of CO2 is avoided. To take this approach further, we have to invent original ways of collecting plastics in cities. This is the challenge addressed by the Yoyo collaborative platform, in which Veolia is a partner , which is deployed in several cities in France. The idea is to offer responsible citizens a reward for sorting (gift vouchers, discounts on cultural activities, etc.) and so increase the amount of plastic collected in the city. 
Preparing for the future also means co-designing solutions to combat climate change. Following a successful experiment in southern India, Veolia decided to partner with the start-up Carbon Clean Solutions Limited (CCSL)  to capture and recycle the CO2 from industrial processes on a large scale. Thanks to this technology, a coal-fired power plant has become the first industrial facility in the world to reuse all its CO2 emissions. Once purified, it is converted into sodium carbonate, a chemical compound commonly used in the manufacture of glass. As a result, the site has been fully decarbonized at a cost of $30 per tonne - 50% less than existing capture technologies. 

Residents, a social bond dynamic

Through its "POP UP" social entrepreneurship incubator approach, Veolia contributes to the social and economical dynamics of the territories - for example in Toulouse, Lyon, the Paris area and in Mexico, where the Group and its partners support entrepreneurs developing collaborative and inclusive solutions related to environmental issues in urban areas. Another approach deployed by Veolia to better connect people with their cities: digital platforms, which help bring cities back to the people. For instance, the Urban Pulse application offers Royan residents the opportunity to get involved in their city through a feature that allows them to report any incidents there.

Given the challenges the world's cities are facing, Veolia's mission is to "Resource the world" and to contribute to the growth of more attractive, inclusive and circular cities.