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The circular economy is also an education issue

The circular economy is also an education issue

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Extending the life of our planet and its resources is perhaps the greatest environmental challenge facing humanity.

According to estimates by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), if the current growth rate continues under which the world population is expected to reach more than 2050 billion people by 9, the natural resources equivalent to 3 planets simply to maintain the current standard of living.

This and other important challenges, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions for example, call us to take action in the fight against climate change, where the generation of awareness and the modification of behavior patterns towards the environment are fundamental. These are the objectives pursued by World Health Day Environmental education, celebrated around the world on January 26.

Respect and conservation of the environment are the basis of a new development and lifestyle scheme, which today is being promoted by incorporating the circular economy model in the cycle of human consumption.

Aware of its advantages and of the urgency of bringing this philosophy to more and more people, Veolia - a leading global company in the efficient management of water, waste and energy - promotes various educational initiatives that explain how to apply the circular economy to our daily lives.

The latest and most innovative educational campaign of the company is The Renewing Machine, an interactive experiential website showing the circular economy applications in various cities and industries around the world. Upon entering, the user chooses a type of waste (Plastic bottles, olive pits or even a boat), follow the transformation process to which these materials are subjected, and finally learn how they are recycled and reused in the form of new products.

We invite you to discover how coffee bagasse is transformed into energy and used to power a factory in the Netherlands, or how in Marseille (France) they are recovering the heat from their wastewater to heat a public swimming pool, among other examples of economy circular applied to daily life, on the website of The Renewing Machine

Let's support and share the respect and conservation of the environment; Today, more than ever, it is a priority to spread the benefits of the circular economy for our well-being and that of future generations. Remember that education must be the foundation on which we build a sustainable future.

With information Circular Living Powered by Veolia

The Veolia group is the world benchmark in the optimized management of resources. Present on five continents with around 169,000 employees, the group creates and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that favor the sustainable development of cities and industries. With its three complementary activities, Veolia contributes to the development of access to resources, and to the preservation and renewal of available resources.

In 2017, the Veolia group supplied drinking water to 96 million people and provided sanitation services to 62 million, produced nearly 55 million MWh and recovered 47 million tons of waste. Veolia Environnement (Paris Euronext: VIE) achieved in 2017 a consolidated turnover of 25.12 billion euros. 

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