Veolia International Workshop

Hervé SUTY
Managing Director of Veolia Environment Research & Innovation

For several decades, the main technological developments in the field of water and sanitation have been the direct consequence of quality requirements on our bodies of water established by the European authorities.

With water resources becoming increasingly scarce in many areas, the growing urbanisation that alters the balance of resources and usage, and also the impact of CO2 emissions on climate change, sanitation is undergoing a profound change, evolving towards material and energy recovery. The aim is no longer to treat wastewater but rather to integrate the sanitation system into urban development while preserving resources and offering solutions that produce energy and materials.

Researchers, engineers and experts at Veolia are delighted to be able to welcome you for two days in Brussels for an international workshop on the R&D challenges of sanitation by 2030. This event is organised jointly by Veolia Environnement Research & Innovation and Aquiris, the company operating the Brussels-North wastewater treatment plant. The choice of Brussels was made in light of its position as capital of Europe, as an example of technological success and as a showcase for the Research and Development activities of our Group.

It is our ambition to identify the most promising methods for meeting current and future requirements and challenges of sanitation with an integrated approach effectively going hand in hand with public policies developed so that we are able to understand, imagine and anticipate them.

It is with this aim in mind, and to start this discussion, that we wished to bring you together and enable you to put forward your analysis of the future needs so as to identify the R&I methods that will help us prepare for the future of urban sanitation by 2030.

Waste Water Program Director at Veolia Environnement

I would like to welcome you all to this Veolia event on the topic of urban wastewater in 2030. We are proud to welcome so many international experts and to enable everyone to share a common vision on the future of sanitation.  

These two days have been organised with a view to allowing specific and structured exchanges centred around three topics: sanitation and its interfaces, wastewater considered as a resource, and the adaptation of sanitation to future needs.  

The aim is to share our understanding of the developments that affect sanitation and will affect sanitation in the future so as to better identify the projects that should drive our future cooperation.

Having been appointed as Director of the Research Programme on Wastewater at Veolia in September 2012, I believe that this event is the perfect opportunity to build a common strategy for urban sanitation by 2030.