Veolia Resource Update - Winter 2015

Resource Update
Veolia partners with FoodCycle

Working in partnership to reduce food poverty

Veolia is delighted to announce our chosen charity of the year is FoodCycle. We will be working with them throughout 2015 to help them to achieve their three key aims: reducing food waste, tackling social isolation and building communities.
 
FoodCycle runs volunteer-powered community projects across the UK, working to reduce food poverty and social isolation by serving tasty, nutritious meals to vulnerable people. Since FoodCycle started in May 2009, thousands of volunteers have served over 125,000 meals made from over 146,000kg of surplus food, including from Veolia customers such as Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons, saving 657,000kg CO2 emissions.
 
As part of our commitment we are aiming to fundraise over £100,000 by 2016, use our staff volunteering time to benefit FoodCycle, help FoodCycle to expand and grow and support FoodCycle to build an education pack for them to use.
 
Our staff have been fundraising throughout the year to support FoodCycle, including taking part in the Breadline Challenge. This tasks participants to live off a budget of £2.86 per day, or £20.02 a week to raise awareness and money to tackle growing food poverty. We have also donated 50p for every staff engagement survey completed, resulting in a donation of over £4,000 to FoodCycle.
Is your city ready to build resilience?

Veolia has partnered the "100 Resilient Cities" program alongside the Rockefeller Foundation, following the devastation caused by such natural disasters as Hurricanes Katrina in New Orleans and Sandy in New York.

The Rockefeller Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative set up a global action and innovation platform to develop more resilient urban development in 100 cities around the world.  The purpose being to help the 100 cities, selected by a panel of independent experts, to better withstand natural disasters and cope with the social, economic and environmental pressures related to their rapid urbanization. 

Veolia contributes by sharing best practices and by providing expertise in managing water supply, sanitation, energy, waste and recycling to promote a more environmentally friendly, economic and social urban development.

Thirty-two cities have already joined and include Bristol, London and Glasgow. A wide range of stakeholders provide support to these cities to help them build up their resistance to the shocks and stresses of the twenty-first century and reduce their impact by protecting the most vulnerable populations.
Ray Parmenter shares his thoughts on upcoming regulatory change

Major regulatory changes for the coming year are likely to be few, and those that do appear will probably be deregulatory in nature. 

Cutting Red Tape
Major regulatory changes for the coming year are likely to be few, and those that do appear will probably be deregulatory in nature. This is primarily because the Government has launched phase two of its Cutting Red Tape initiative. For waste the review will look at the impact of regulations across the waste and resources sector, from production and processing to collection, disposal and treatment. Results from the review will then be used to identify and remove barriers to advancing the sector, while ensuring human health and the environment remain protected.
 
Waste is not the only sector affected by this review; it will extend to the agriculture, adult care, money laundering, mineral, and the energy sectors. For energy the aim of the review will be to look at how regulation and enforcement can best support well run markets in the interests of consumers, while minimising business costs and keeping energy bills down. It will not include retail markets issues, tax or levies.
 
European Legislation
From a European perspective there are two regulatory initiatives that are of interest to the sector, the main one being the expected Commission proposal on the Circular Economy at the end of the year. This initiative could signal a major step change in the way waste and resources are managed in the EU in future, and could set tough targets to be met both for recycling and diversion from landfill. We are also expecting the publication of the Medium Combustion Plant directive in the autumn. This directive will set emission limits on combustion plants that generate up to 50MW of power, such as those fitted to anaerobic digestion plants. 
 
Landfill Tax
There have been two significant developments in Landfill Tax in 2015, the first was the devolution of the tax to the Scottish Government, and the second was the introduction of loss on ignition testing. The rates of Landfill Tax look set to rise in line with inflation, and so are fairly predictable at the moment (the increases will be linked to the September RPI figure), but the tax is ever evolving and proposals are expected soon to devolve the tax to the Welsh Government.
 
EDOC
Electronic duty of care or EDOC was launched in 2015, and this will obviously make life easier for some waste producers. However, companies such as Veolia are working on their own electronic solutions that will fit better with the business systems of both our customers and Veolia.
Insight into the London Borough of Southwark

"Making more with less” could be the motto of the London Borough of Southwark, where waste is turned into a resource, reducing the quantity of waste and increasing the recovery rate.
 
Improved source segregation from residents and the implementation of an innovative treatment facility has made this possible.

Turning Waste into an Energy Source
Veolia has worked with the London Borough of Southwark since 2008 to use waste as a resource to power and heat Southwark’s homes and businesses whilst increasing recycling rates and reducing the amount of waste produced by the Borough’s 290,000 residents. This is part of Southwark’s sustainable waste management policy, launched in 2003, which aims to reduce the amount of biodegradable municipal waste to landfill by 35% of its 1995 levels by 2020.
 
Veolia’s Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF) opened in January 2012; it includes a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) housing some of the most advanced optical sorting equipment in Europe to segregate recyclable material, saving over 8,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year and a Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) plant. The MBT turns general waste into Refuse Derived Fuel. This is transported a short distance to Veolia’s South East London Combined Heat and Power (SELCHP) facility where it is used to generate energy for the National Grid and heat for 2,600 local people, securing their energy prices for the next 20 years.
 
The IWMF processes over 120,000 tonnes of waste a year and has resulted in Southwark’s recycling rate almost doubling to 35% since 2008. This increase is the result of a wider waste management strategy, including service changes, and an intensive education and communication initiative to promote recycling through the IWMF discovery centre for primary school children.
 
The Customer’s Opinion
Michael McNicholas – Waste and Transport Manager, Southwark Council:
“The project’s success required a major commitment from our partner. In addition to its technical expertise and financial investment, Veolia demonstrated to us that it is a stakeholder concerned about life in our borough and its future.”
 

Achieving a recycling rate in the borough of Southwark of around 35%

8,000 metric tons of CO2 avoided per year thanks to the district heating network operated via SELCHP

2,600 properties supplied with heat and electricity