Régis Calmels, director of the Asian zone of Veolia
Why did you decide to join the French Pavilion?
As the global leader in optimized resource management with over 160 years of know-how and operational experience in France and across the world, Veolia shares the French Government’s and the Expo 2017’s vision for Future Energy and Sustainable Energy Management.
In particular, we are committed to promote circular economy, which allows us to make the best use of all resources to create virtuous loops that ensure accessibility and sustainability in resources. The French Pavilion at the Expo 2017 is an excellent opportunity for us to promote circular economy of energy to cities and industries and foster innovation and cooperation. Through this Expo we can also continue to call for responsible energy management in combating climate change and reducing CO2 emissions, as we did during COP21 that was held in Paris in 2015.
What are the innovations you want to present?
As natural resources are becoming increasingly scarce while our needs are growing in an ever more densely populated and urbanized world facing energy issues, we have to rethink our relationship to resources and come up with new technical, social and economic models that are more efficient, better balanced and more sustainable.
Drawing on our expertise and synergies created in the areas of water, energy and waste activities, Veolia applies its capacity for innovation to make the switch from a linear resource consumption rationale the “take-make-dispose” logic, to a use-and-recover approach in today’s circular economy. We take the role of circular economy loop enhancer in water and waste to energy and design and implement solutions aimed at improving access to resources while at the same time protecting and renewing those same resources.
At the Expo we will present the innovations and synergies created between our three businesses: waste to energy, water recycling and energy optimisation. For example district heating systems, waste heat recovery, heating value of wastewater, biomass and recovery of biogas. We will illustrate these through our business cases in the zone and around the world, for example the District Heating Network in Southeast Harbin, T-Park, the Sludge Treatment Facility in Hong Kong, the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Urumqi that recovers biogas, and Hubgrade, an energy management center that combines real-time monitoring and remote management with on-site technician deployments.
What Kazakhstan represents for to you?
For me Kazakhstan represents aspirations and vitality. I am deeply impressed by the phenomenal growth and development that Kazakhstan achieved in merely 25 years since it gained independence in 1991.
Kazakhstan is also a leader in Central Asian in many aspects: development of responsible, sustainable energy policies, transition to a “green” economy and as a business and transit hub between Europe and Asia. Veolia is developing in Kazakhstan. Veolia Water Technologies has been selected for the construction project of a desalination plant that will supply water to industries and the population of Aktau and Zhanaozen, the two main cities in the oil province of the Manghystau, located on the shores of the Caspian Sea. We are proud of this and hope to have more partnerships of this kind in the country.
Interview of September 28, 2016.