Veolia, the UK’s leading resource management company, hosted an event on Tuesday, 7th November. Over 160 guests were welcomed to BMA House in London for a day of informative talks from industry experts and an exhibition showcasing innovative recycling and energy solutions that Veolia is delivering on the path to net zero.
Sustainable Futures was a customer event with a Local Authority focus and a first for Veolia, who now works with over 40 municipal partners nationwide.
With an inspiring keynote speech from BBC’s Liz Bonnin, Science, Natural History and Environmental Broadcaster, the guests were roused to take action, big or small, as when working together, we can have a significant positive impact.
Veolia’s experts supported this call for action. They shared their vision of the political, environmental and social landscapes ahead, particularly in the context of the recent Simpler Recycling announcement, which means significant changes in many areas across the recycling and waste landscape.
Veolia welcomed a panel of industry leaders to share their views in the spirit of collaboration and representation across the industry. Joined by Claire Shrewsbury, Director of Insights & Innovation at WRAP, Sam Horne, Chair of NAWDO, Peter Jones, Managing Consultant of Eunomia and Veolia’s own Development Director, Stuart Allen, they shared their insights on how a holistic and collaborative approach is needed today to make a sustainable future possible.
Guest industry experts Stuart Foster, CEO of RECOUP and Nick Thompson, Materials Development Director, DS Smith also provided insights into the future development of key materials and the impacts on resource management.
Over lunch, guests were invited on the Road to Net Zero. This exhibition showcased all that Veolia is doing from the point of collection, with inclusive solutions to recycling at home, through waste treatment and the urgent need for carbon reduction throughout this journey, including innovative solutions such as carbon sequestration using algae.
Inviting guests on such a journey was an opportunity to showcase the latest solutions, adding value for Local Authority and commercial customers. It was also a chance to hear from Veolia’s partners to ensure their services are fit for a sustainable future and to share a vision for what that future can look like.
Pascal Hauret, Managing Director, Municipal at Veolia said:“Our Sustainable Futures event offered us the unique opportunity to share our vision of a sustainable future, and all we can offer to help our Local Authority and commercial partners reduce their carbon footprint and drive ecological transformation.
“I would like to thank all our partners who joined us on the Road to Net Zero and for all you shared. To achieve the net zero goal is everyone’s responsibility, and by working together, we can make the key changes to protect our environment for the future.”