Innovative partnership brings life to future of water

In a landmark partnership Sydney Water is joining forces with Veolia to explore innovation opportunities aimed at developing a robust circular economy to help deliver sustainable, and resilient water services for the growing city.

Aligning the strategic priorities across two industry leaders will see a focus on securing the future of water supply by ensuring new and existing operations become energy self-sufficient, reach carbon neutrality and support the development of emerging technologies.

The collaboration is a step forward for both organisations in supporting the New South Wales Government’s ambition to halve the state’s carbon emissions by 2030, and Federal targets to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Managing Director for Sydney Water, Roch Cheroux said Sydney Water is shifting focus to the future and innovation is a key area of growth to help establish more resourceful ways to provide sustainable water services.

 “This initiative is a fantastic example of how market leaders can unite and utilise each other’s expertise and skill to deliver innovative results that will benefit both businesses, the community and customers,” Mr Cheroux said.

“Both organisations are passionate champions of the circular economy, and with this joint venture we have managed to bring together the necessary people, ideas and innovations, to accelerate the path to carbon neutrality, while showcasing best practice for environmental partnerships,” Mr Cheroux said.

Veolia’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Richard Kirkman said by combining industry knowledge and experts from both organisations, the energy and water treatment solutions identified are set to rapidly help protect and preserve the planet.

“This affiliation is a unique approach and sets the standard for social responsibility. By trialling new innovations we’re maximising the ability to reach carbon neutrality and energy self-sufficiency sooner,” Mr Kirkman said.

“Together we will explore opportunities for energy-saving systems, such as water batteries for district cooling, and look to pilot new innovations that optimise recycled water usage for sustainable cities,” Mr Kirkman said.

The partnership will trial both emerging and proven technologies at Sydney Water’s/Veolia-operated sites over the next 18 months. 




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Veolia group aims to be the benchmark company for ecological transformation. With nearly 179,000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides game-changing solutions that are both useful and practical for water, waste and energy management. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and replenish them. In 2020, the Veolia group supplied 95 million people with drinking water and 62 million people with wastewater service, produced nearly 43 million megawatt hours of energy and treated 47 million metric tons of waste. Veolia Environnement (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE) recorded consolidated revenue of €26.010 billion in 2020.