The Veolia Environment Institute is a think tank founded in 2001 in France as a non-profit organization, by the company Veolia Environmement. It is dedicated to promoting long-term thinking and to anticipating the trends that will mark the interactions between society and the environment.
The Institute develops three instruments to achieve its objectives: a research programme led in collaboration with academic partners, a series of international conferences, and a scientific editorial policy. Besides other areas of concern (economic dimensions of the environment, links between health and the environment, urban growth imperatives, society and environmental issues), climate change is a focal point of investigation. Some examples of major projects that have been carried out by the Institute include:
- comparing the ecological footprints of different models of energy consumption in the urban areas of developing countries;
- exploring issues raised by the Stern Review Report on the Economics of Climate Change;
- studying “factor 4” scenarios in the most advanced economies;
- providing forum for discussion about the energy, environment and poverty nexus in India;
- assessing technology and policy solutions during the “Climate 2050” Conference in Canada.
These activities mark the Institute's determination to ground its actions and its future plans in ongoing fruitful dialogue with academic and international circles. All the results are available thanks to an open access policy.
The Institute derives much benefit from the diversity of situations in which the Veolia Environmement Company has been professionally involved worldwide. These potential case studies constitute an extremely precious resource of data and represent a vast field of observation and analysis for the think tank’s scientific partners.
In return, the Institute’s work offers to the Veolia Environmement Company a long-term vision of the major challenges that the environmental services sector will be likely to face in the coming decades. For Veolia Environmement more particularly, the management of GHG emissions is a responsibility and more often an opportunity to develop expert services for the benefit of its clients.