Veolia's Views

Read Veolia's position on key issues that affect our industry, the environment and the communities we operate in.

Read about some of the latest topics that we think matter.
End of Waste

End of Waste

End of Waste Position Paper
Veolia firmly believes that EoW is a very positive step forward because it enables regulators and the industry to fulfil the requirements of the Waste Framework Directive.

Veolia will always consider health and environmental effects in conjunction with the impacts of recycling or recovering. Our priority is the protection of the environment, therefore we always take into consideration the fate of the contaminants in any process and the full life cycle of what happens to the contaminants as they become products and later on as they re-enter the waste stream again.
End of Waste Position Paper
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Planning Policy

Planning Policy

Planning Policy PDF
The UK urgently needs a sustainable waste infrastructure that can meet its needs - now and in the future.

Veolia would urge that further changes are made to reduce the burdens on the industry. This is the only way that the waste infrastructure in the UK will continue to grow and receive external investment.
Planning Policy Position Paper
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Air Pollution Control Residential

Air Pollution Control Residential

Air Pollution Control Residential PDF
Health & Safety and environmental protection are key considerations when selecting the best management options for waste streams.

In determining the most sustainable treatment Veolia does not support the use of the waste hierarchy in isolation. We believe that the fate of contaminants and their impact on health and the environment must take priority, together with the use of raw materials and energy consumption.
Air Pollution Control Residues Paper
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Industrial Emissions Directive

Industrial Emissions Directive

Industrial Emissions Directive PDF
We welcome any Directive that will lead to more innovative ways to transform waste into a resource.

Veolia welcomes this new Directive, which will encourage technological development by considering Best Available techniques (BAT) for more types of waste treatments. Hopefully this will lead to more innovative solutions to transform waste into a resource and reduce the environmental impact of our resource management facilities.
Industrial Emissions Directive Position Paper
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Recycling Incinerator Bottom Ash

Recycling Incinerator Bottom Ash

Recycling Bottom Ash PDF
Veolia believes the UK government is right to incentivise the use of recycled aggregates.

The UK government incentivises the use of recycled aggregates through the Aggregates Levy.

This £2/tonne tax on virgin aggregates reflects the environmental cost of extraction. What’s more it doesn’t hinder British competitiveness because exports are relieved and imports are taxed at first use.

Since its introduction in 2002, the Levy has continued to play an important part in encouraging the re-use of aggregate materials such as Incinerator Bottom Ash (IBA).
Recycling Incinerator Bottom Ash Paper
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Pensions - Our Position
Providing appropriate pension benefits is critical for the long term security of staff and their retirement plans.

But the devastating economic landscape, coupled with our propensity to live far longer, means that the future of pension provision is not quite as certain as it was.

Veolia already has an appropriate pension vehicle in place to address the changing market.

It ensures that all our employees can join a Defined Contribution scheme and thereby comply with legislation.

We are committed to ensuring that the right pension arrangements are put in place to enable our staff to provide for a long and happy retirement.
Pensions - Our Position
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Public Private Partnerships and PFI projects

Public Private Partnerships and PFI projects

Public Private Partnerships and PFI - Our Position
Unlocking Private Sector investment will be key to creating a world-class UK infrastructure.

We have already invested £1.2 billion in UK recycling and waste management infrastructure. It’s something that will have an enormous positive impact on the UK economy.

But in our view, if the private sector is to continue financing waste infrastructure, three things will be required.

Firstly, the planning system for waste must be streamlined and the regulations eased at each stage of the process to encourage investment and to recognise that many modern waste developments are similar in nature to other industrial and distribution land uses.

Secondly, there needs to be a clear and consistent policy framework within which to bring projects forward and thirdly, there must be real certainty about the main drivers, irrespective of which political party is in power. Any investment for 25 years or more must present the right balance of risk and reward between the Private and Public Sectors.

The success of any new economic models will depend on how well new projects address the wider political and financial concerns that have been raised.

We believe the following will be the key issues:
  • Unlocking Private Sector investment.
  • Creating the right conditions.
  • Developing a structure and a way of funding that is workable; including the right protocols to address changes in projects.
  • Creating a structure that promotes genuine partnerships.
  • Establishing a culture that achieves aims, but also encourages contractors.
Read our full position paper on PPP and PFI to find out more.
Public Private Partnerships and PFI - Our Position
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Social Value Act

Social Value Act

Social Value Act Position Paper
The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 became law on 8th March 2012 and came into force in January 2013.

As an environmental services provider, acting responsibly is our raison d’être.

When contracts are up for tender, it’s important that bidders outline the potential positive social and environmental impact they will have on the local area.

The Act should have a positive effect on how new contracts are awarded with public bodies (such as local authorities, government departments, NHS Trusts, rescue services and
housing associations).

But calculating social value will be problematic as there is currently no recognised model to measure it. With this in mind, we urge Government to set up a task group (with representatives from various stakeholders, including business and local authorities) to develop such a model.

That way we can ensure that the process is transparent and bids are easy to compare. Without it, the Act has the potential to create an unlevel playing field where purchasers will not be comparing like-for-like.
Social Value Act Position Paper
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Public Procurement

Public Procurement

Public procurement - Our Position
Public procurement, or buying goods on behalf of public authorities, is a key topic in these times of austerity when budgets are coming under increasing scrutiny.

Veolia firmly believes that the procurement process should be shorter, clearer and more straightforward. This is of particular importance for major procurements, whether they come under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) or a Public Private Partnership.

There are three key aspects to major procurement projects:
  • The technical solution proposed by the bidder;
  • The financial model and relevant costs over the lifetime of the project;
  • The risk involved and any legal issues that apply to the project agreement.
To prevent fraud, corruption or waste, it’s vital that all procurement should be transparent, fair and open. It should also achieve the best possible value and outcome for the public sector.
Public procurement - Our Position
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Learning and Development

Learning and Development

Learning and development - Our Position
The energy, hard work and dedication of our people is a vital ingredient to drive success.

At Veolia one of our overarching aims is to be an Employer of Choice. We have a People Strategy in place that encompasses four main objectives:
  • To provide skilled employees to meet the growing needs of the business
  • To create a culture of performance
  • To build a customerfocussed agenda
  • To be the best, the reference in which people look to for leadership.
Together they form the pillars of our Learning and Development Strategy to create a highly engaged workforce. A strategy that places great emphasis on the continued education of our people, so they are able to deliver the best service to our customers.

People perform best when they feel motivated, valued and believe they are achieving their full potential.

It’s vital that staff throughout our organisation have the education and skills they need to help them deliver our service to maximum effect.
Learning and Development - Our Position
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Employment Position Paper
We value our people. And we know they work more effectively in an open and stimulating environment, where the priority is individual progression and personal welfare.

Veolia takes its responsibility as an employer very seriously.

Our aim is to provide good employment terms for all our people. In collaboration with our Trade Union partners, we review our terms and conditions on a regular basis, covering the full scope of terms, not just salary or hourly rate, to ensure our staff are well taken care of.

We appreciate the impact that work can have on our staff - often beyond the workplace.

That’s why we take great care and consideration in our approach to every area of employment.

Because the happier people are when they work for us, the more they’ll contribute to the success of the company.
Employment Position Paper
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Sustainable Resource Management: The Transformation of the Waste Management Sector

Sustainable Resource Management: The Transformation of the Waste Management Sector

It’s clear the waste management sector is transforming itself into resource management.

Led by significant drivers such as the landfill directive, carbon reporting, resource efficiency, legislation and public awareness, a range of new technologies have come into play with reuse, recycling and recovery at the core of their strategy.

Coinciding with the introduction of mandatory carbon reporting and the next round of landfill tax increases, these debates will provide invaluable insight into how companies can implement a sustainable resource management approach to waste.

So what is the legislation affecting the sector and what does Veolia see as the short and medium term impact being on developments such as waste profiling, Scope 3 thinking and employee engagement?

Our view is that as companies pursue their sustainability agenda and ambitions, the waste management sector is uniquely positioned to help deliver tangible results. This applies both in terms of improving the carbon position and in the preservation of resources directly and within the wider supply chain.

We believe there are significant drivers that lend weight and focus to this view:
  • Firstly, there’s Mandatory Carbon Reporting
    The greenhouse gas reporting regulations are expected to require UK listed companies to report direct and indirect carbon emissions. Veolia believes that this will also encourage companies to increase focus on measurement and management of the carbon associated emissions of their waste management.

    While not expected to form part of mandatory carbon reporting in the short term, this will certainly raise awareness around Scope 3 emissions. As CEOs will refer to their company’s carbon impact within their annual report this will undoubtedly be of interest to a wide range of stakeholders including investors.
  • Secondly, The Landfill Directive (1999)
    Now approaching its twelfth year, this continues to set strict limits on the removal of biodegradable waste from landfill, encouraging the diversion of food waste to recycling and recovery routes, and limiting the effects of pollution including greenhouse gases over the entire life cycle.
  • Thirdly, public awareness is of course a key factor
    The UK population increasingly expects waste recovery and recycling driven behaviours for household waste and companies are having to catch up to provide the same level of resource capture in the workplace.
  • Fourthly, there’s the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED)
    Like its predecessor IPPC, the purpose of the IED is to provide for an integrated approach to prevention and control of emissions into air, water and soil, to minimise the production of waste. (Any wastes produced must be dealt with in accordance with the waste hierarchy as per the waste framework directive).
  • Fifthly, the Environmental Liability Directive
    This is now implemented into the devolved regulatory frameworks The directive has an impact as it applies to environmental damage, or the threat of any damage or remedy environmental damage when pollution has occurred, and pay the costs of any action(s). This will make any future development in landfill operations increasingly unattractive.
  • Finally, the Roadmap for a Resource Efficient Europe
    This has consulted on how public policy tools can drive resource efficiency within Europe, this is expected to shape future directives.
Therefore here are good reasons why a robust waste and resource management strategy makes sound business sense:
  • It improves competitive advantage - through the capture and recovery of resources that can be enhanced if you drive this thinking into your supply chain.
  • It reduces the impact of a rising cost base - for example, through environmental taxation, capture of recyclates to offsite rising costs, the expected future scarcity of landfill capacity and the advantage of being an early adopter.
  • It provides greater levels of security in the supply chain (through the sourcing of sustainable resource management activity). In a period of greater public and investor awareness and a rapidly changing regulatory landscape, now is a good time for companies to visit their approach to resource management.
We recognise this, having already invested £1.2bn since 1990 and now plan to invest a further £1 billion in recycling and recovery infrastructure in the next 6 years, providing in excess of 1m tonnes of new recycling and recovery capacity to the UK to meet the challenge of turning waste into a resource.
Sustainable Cities - Waste Manifesto 2012

Sustainable Cities - Waste Manifesto 2012

Welcome to our third manifesto, which is dedicated to supporting our vision for sustainable cities.

With more people than ever living in urban areas, the need for sustainable cities is no longer a dream - it’s a necessity. In this manifesto we will explain the issues that affect the recycling and waste industry and the steps that need to be taken to ensure that our cities have a greener, cleaner future.

This third waste manifesto presents an opportunity for us to share our thoughts on UK waste and resources management policy today. We believe that by tackling the issues transparently and robustly, we can guide industry as it moves towards a recycling society. So we can all look forward to a more sustainable future.

To join in the debate email us at or follow us on Twitter @Veolia_ES_UK #manifesto.
Waste Manifesto 3 Sustainable Cities
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