Research, Innovation & Circularity


Innovating to achieve circularity and decarbonisation, is a key priority in our journey towards Ecological Transformation. Our global research and development capability is critical to the success of our innovations.

Our research and innovation programs and activities target the development of new knowledge in important areas such as water recycling, bioresources, emerging contaminants and decarbonisation, as well as address critical areas of uncertainty associated with operational and project risk. 

At a global level, Veolia undertakes research and innovation to develop knowledge and technologies, to facilitate our goal of becoming the global leader in ecological transformation.



What is the Circular Economy?

The circular economy is a solution for industry and business of all scales to reduce, reuse and recycle waste. 

The circular economy aims to turn all wastes into a resource by reintroducing them into the production cycle instead of product disposal at the end of their useful life. 

As well as creating new opportunities for growth, a more circular economy will:

  • reduce waste
  • drive greater resource productivity
  • deliver a more competitive economy
  • position ANZ to better address emerging resource security/scarcity issues in the future
  • help reduce the environmental impacts of our production and consumption in Australia and New Zealand and abroad

What is a linear versus circular economy?

For many years, most manufacturers and production facilities have operated using a linear economy. This ‘take, make, dispose’ method of manufacturing means that instead of recycling the raw materials and any waste associated with the production process, they are disposed of instead.

A circular economy emphasises the importance of keeping resources in use for as long as possible and once the maximum value has been extracted, recovering and recycling these resources so they can be used again.

Whereas a linear economy will only damage the environment further, a circular economy will decrease the impact of production and consumption in the UK, significantly reduce waste and will lessen the pressure on the country’s dangerously low natural resources.


We're here to support you in achieving your future goals.

We help our clients reach health and wellbeing, environmental, circularity and decarbonisation goals by reusing, recycling and extracting value from water and wastewater resources.

Drawing on our experience with 2,928 water and wastewater treatment sites worldwide, we can deliver a complete range of services and circular solutions to meet your needs.

We can help you with everything from process plant optimisation and energy auditing, resource recovery (energy, biosolids, nutrients), water recycling, to appropriate technology selection to achieve your sustainability and performance goals.


We can help you to maximise energy recovery and improve operational efficiency when managing your water and wastewater networks and treatment assets, by turning your bioresources into agricultural products with a market value – value that can be passed onto the customer in bill savings. Our wide portfolio of assets and operations can create opportunities for joint working and innovation. We can provide a suite of products and services to help you towards your decarbonisation goals - so  you can be confident of reliable assets and full regulatory compliance. This means peace of mind for your finance teams, your operational teams – and also for the end customer.



Find out more about how we can support your business.

Our experts are always on hand to deal with your request.

Call our AUZ team at: 02 82571 0000  | Call our NZ team at: 0800 325 542