A unique structure for shared and collaborative innovation

The Veolia Research & Innovation team develops innovative solutions based on the Groups  four objectives: preserve resources, limit the impact on natural environments, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sustainably manage urban development. The team’s operation is based on a unique shared and collaborative approach that includes spheres of innovation from all over the world. Interview with Phil Abraham, Director of Veolia Research and Innovation  

Veolia's research organization is unique: this global network includes six specialized research centers, three research platforms and over 200 industrial and academic partners. Each geographical area sponsors VERI research programs to develop its expertise and performances as well as reduce the environmental aspects and impacts of its operations and that of its customers. Sharing best practices and innovation within the company is encouraged by our "VIBE" program which is an internal network to discuss and create challenges on innovative projects.  


For Veolia Research, the invention and deployment of low carbon solutions are a priority. We develop a number of programs to improve energy efficiency and systematically favor the circular economy. For this, we always try to be more proactive by reducing both the usage of energy, resources and emissions as of the production phase. We also work to minimize the environmental impact of the sites we operate by tightening the circular economy circuits with solutions that use potential rejects to the environment as energy sources.

Reflex, a smart energy network linking several industrial or service sites, is one of the energy efficiency solutions deployed by Veolia Research & Innovation in a consortium project. The network predicts the needs of each site, adjusts consumption based on the network's load and the site's actual needs and creates greater availability to the network to supply sites that need it. This reduces overall energy consumption as well as the production means used. Regarding water management, we have developed programs to better detect leaks in networks while reducing the footprint of our operations and learn to anticipate breakdowns to improve our overall performance. Some of our programs are intended to increase the efficiency of our recycling plants, including WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment), from which we extract the various components because their reuse helps move towards a circular economy from linear consumption 

In terms of progress, innovation is a result of knowledge sharing and the pooling of resources in the modern world. Veolia Research & Innovation manages the company's Open Innovation program.  By collecting ideas from our partners (SMEs, Start ups, etc.) from all over the world via a dedicated website, we identify our customers' needs and create "challenges" for the ecosystem (small industries, start-ups, and even universities worldwide) to find a solution. This reduces the time-to-market of solutions, which has already been tested in another environment, only needs to be adapted. Veolia Research & Innovation detects entities offering the most promising innovations to provide innovative solutions to our customers through the VIA program which is a very effective cooperation program.