Veolia welcomes NSW EPA Board to Woodlawn

Veolia recently welcomed members of the NSW EPA Board to the Woodlawn Eco-Precinct. Together with Veolia’s CFO, Preet Brar, NSW EPA Chair Rayne de Gruchy and Tracy Mackey, Chief Executive Officer of the EPA inspected the Precinct, a leading example of resource recovery within the State.

NSW EPA CEO Tracy Mackey commented on the visit, “The EPA encourages the waste sector to find innovative solutions that can help us progress to becoming a truly circular economy by finding other end uses for our waste. This is a good example demonstrating what can be done in the waste space, proving these materials are a valuable resource.”  

The Woodlawn Eco-Precinct currently manages around 20% of Sydney’s putrescible waste, using it in the generation of clean energy for up to 30,000 homes.

The Woodlawn Eco-Precinct has prioritised sustainable and innovative waste management practices including:

  • 7 landfill gas engines that generates 7 megawatts of clean energy from the bioreactor Landfill, powering up to 11,000 homes

  • Mechanical and Biological Treatment (MBT); extracting organic content from mixed waste to produce a product for environmental remediation of the onsite tailings dams.

  • Aquaculture and horticulture; capturing waste heat from energy production and using it for fish farming and hydroponic horticulture

  • Solarfarm; harnessing the energy from the sun to produce 2.5 megawatts of clean energy per year which is used onsite for all precinct activities.

  • Agriculture; incorporating a working farm that applies nutrient and livestock grazing rotations to help manage and understand impacts on the site.

“It is an essential component of our social license to operate that we have an open and transparent relationship with the community and key stakeholders including the NSW EPA.” “Having the opportunity to regularly engage the NSW EPA at Woodlawn, and indeed all our sites within the State, is critical to our role in developing leading solutions that minimise waste-related environmental impacts, whilst returning the value of waste in the form of energy, aquaculture and land remediation.” Preet Brar, CFO, Veolia Australia and New Zealand.  

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Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With nearly 179,000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions which contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them.

In 2019, the Veolia group supplied 98 million people with drinking water and 67 million people with wastewater service, produced nearly 45 million megawatt hours of energy and treated 50 million metric tons of waste. Veolia Environnement (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE) recorded consolidated revenue of €27.189 billion in 2019 (USD 29.9 billion).