Biodiversity

Many of our operating sites offer important habitats for wildlife. Using our own tried and tested tools, we are implementing biodiversity action plans at all of our sites with significant ecological interest. 

Our approach emphasises working in partnership with local environmental associations and communities. A collaborative approach enables us to target the most threatened species, work more efficiently and add credibility to our efforts. For example, we continued our long-standing partnership with The Wildlife Trust and distributed biodiversity kits containing bee ‘hotels’ and beetle logs, as well as ladybird towers and bird boxes, to schools around the UK.

In 2013, we identified sites around the UK on which to use our own Biodiversity Diagnostic Toolkit. From this, we have created Biodiversity Action Plans to ensure that flora and fauna flourish at our sites.
 
“We are pleased to award Biodiversity Benchmarks to four of Veolia’s sites. They demonstrate true commitment to protecting and enhancing fauna and flora in the areas where they operate, which is vital if we are to have an environment that we can all enjoy long into the future.”
Colin Preston, CEO, Shropshire Wildlife Trust
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Standards of excellence in wildlife conservation

Four of our sites, Pitsea, Coalmoore, Smalley Hill and Croft Farm, have achieved The Wildlife Trust’s Biodiversity Benchmark certification. This is awarded to companies that manage land to the highest standard to ensure that it attracts a diverse range of wildlife. Veolia hosts free tours for specialist groups and local schools to see wildlife such as water voles, great crested newts and lizards.

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Beehives installed at Veolia sites

Bees and other insects pollinate the majority of our fruit and vegetables. Without them, it is estimated that it would cost UK farmers £1.8 billion a year to pollinate their crops.

We are helping to protect bees by installing beehives at our facilities, such as the six hives located at our facility in South-East London, and our hives in Pitsea.

This helps with the vital conservation of bee populations, providing a safe haven for bee colonies while providing us with some Veolia honey!

UK’s largest green roof
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Attracting wildlife and soaking up carbon

We’ve installed a green roof on our wastewater treatment works in Peacehaven, in partnership with Southern Water. Equivalent in size to three football pitches, this is the UK’s largest green roof and one of the largest in Europe. It is planted with grasses to help it blend into the surrounding landscape.

Our Chineham Energy Recovery Facility in Hampshire was also designed to blend in with its local surroundings. The roof features heath plants that attract local wildlife, including insects and butterflies, which in turn attract birds.

A triple win for estuary habitats
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Wastewater used in power stations

Power stations use large volumes of water as boiler feed. This water has to be produced to an even higher standard of purity than drinking water. Veolia has designed, built and maintains a system to take treated wastewater from a nearby sewage treatment plant and clean it to the level that is needed for boiler water feed. With financial benefits for the sewage works, the power station and Veolia, this innovation is a triple win. It also reduces discharge into the local estuary, supporting this fragile habitat.