Talking points: working for a carbon-positive business

Charlotte Kyle

“Agreement of a new global climate treaty will help facilitate the delivery of a low-carbon circular economy, and Veolia will be part of this journey.”
Charlotte Kyle, Senior Environmental Officer, Veolia

While working at the forefront of carbon and environmental issues over the past eight years, I have become increasingly aware of the urgency of reducing emissions, saving resources and protecting the environment. The climate is changing before our eyes, with extreme weather events already affecting the communities in which we live and impacts set to increase significantly in the coming years. We need to act now to create a safe and sustainable world for future generations. The clear and present driver for industry is to save on energy costs, which will deliver this carbon reduction.

This is an important time, and an exciting one. There is an opportunity to help build a new low-carbon world where nothing is wasted and everything is a resource, reducing the pressure on the finite resources available to a population that will reach over 9 billion by 2050. I am proud to work for a business that displaces more carbon than it emits thanks to our unique approach to energy and material recovery. It’s also great to play a part in how we streamline our own operations and those of our customers to be more carbon efficient.

I’m optimistic about the future and hope that a new global climate treaty can be agreed between countries at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in December 2015 to drive forward the required reductions in carbon emissions. This is slowly gathering momentum as the UK has strengthened its carbon targets by cancelling 36 million tonnes of unused carbon allowances in its first carbon budget (2008–2012), and the US plans to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30% over 2005 levels by 2030 – this is paving the way for significant global progress. Agreement of a new global climate treaty will help facilitate the delivery of a low-carbon circular economy, and Veolia will be part of this journey.

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