COP26 and beyond: Playing our part in protecting our planet

COP26, the UN's annual climate change conference, is more highly anticipated than ever as the world focuses on building back better from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taking place in Glasgow from 1st to 12th November, the event will see world leaders come together to review next steps in the battle against climate change.

What progress has been made so far?

In the 26 years since the first COP meeting, there has been a global shift towards increased awareness of the issues threatening our environment, and the actions we need to take to mitigate their effects. In the UK, we have made significant progress towards a more sustainable future: our emissions decreased by 44% between 1990 and 2019; we are the largest producer of offshore wind energy in the world; and we have committed to banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030. 

However, there is still a long way for us all to go. We must keep the temperature increase of the planet below 1.5 degrees Celsius to prevent catastrophic damage. We need to reach a point where we are producing less carbon than we are taking out of the atmosphere. Restoring nature and biodiversity should become a firm priority in every country. But to achieve all these goals and more, we all have a part to play.

How is Veolia playing its part?

Veolia is committed to becoming the benchmark for ecological transformation. This means mitigating the effects of climate change; protecting natural resources; preventing biodiversity collapse; and minimising the pollution of our atmosphere. Our global presence, and our leading position in the waste, energy and water industries, enables us to take actions to deliver real change. Some of the ways we have done this so far are as follows:

  • We have committed to optimising energy efficiency in buildings, and to promoting the use of renewable energy. 

  • We have increased the amount of biomass used in our energy generation plants globally from 9% to 23%, between 2016 and 2020.

  • We recycled 391,000 metric tons of plastic in 2020, as part of our commitment to the sustainable treatment and recovery of waste.

  • We delivered safe drinking water to more than 50,000 people in 2020, with an efficiency rate of 73.4%.

But like everyone else, we still have a journey ahead of us to meet our environmental goals. Collaboration and the sharing of ideas is crucial when it comes to achieving these goals, which is why we are hosting a series of webinars in the run up to COP26.

Our energy efficiency for buildings services can help you to monitor, report and control your energy consumption to cut your costs and meet your performance and sustainability targets.


Click the link below to find out more about our webinars, and also about our commitment to ecological transformation.

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