12 june 2018

Fully Supporting China’s Transition to Sustainable High Quality Development

The Veolia Press Day themed at “Preserving Lucid Waters and Lush Mountains” was held on 28 May at the Phoenix International Media Center in Beijing. The event addressed and offered solutions to a series of challenges the human race will be facing in 2040, including food and energy shortage and environmental pollution. More than 60 representatives from major news outlet attended the event.

The Press day was hosted by Antoine Frérot, Chairman and CEO of Veolia, and attended by Régis Calmels, Senior Executive Vice President and Asia Director, and the management of business activities in China, who offered their responses to the challenges posed by a resource scarcity.
 
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Pic: At Press Day. (Credits to Veolia)

China has already realized the importance of environmental protection, and has come to a consensus that its economy cannot be developed at the expense of the environment, according to Mr. Frérot. Mr. Frérot noted that Veolia’s advantage lies in the ability to contribute to China’s high quality development, i.e. developing the economy efficiently while preserving resources and protecting the environment.
 
Mr. Frérot also announced the step up of Veolia’s business strategy in China, with a stronger focus on collaborating with Chinese companies, to achieve sustainable and high-quality development.
 
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Pic: Antoine Frérot, Chairman and CEO of Veolia. (Credits to Veolia)
 
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Pic: Antoine Frérot, Chairman and CEO of Veolia giving his speech. (Credits to Veolia)

Afterwards, Régis Calmels, Senior Executive Vice President and Asia Director, gave an introduction of Veolia’s businesses in Asia and talked about Veolia’s strategy in China.
 
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Pic: Régis Calmels, Senior Executive Vice President and Asia Director, giving his speech. (Credits to Veolia)

“As leader of the industry, our task is to explore new frontiers develop innovative solutions and prepare for upcoming challenges.” said Antoine Frérot, Chairman and CEO of Veolia.

In the event, Veolia played a VR movie titled “The world of 2040 is created today”. The movie predicted a series of challenges the human race will be facing in 2040, including a food and energy shortage and environmental pollution.
 
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Pic: The VR movie being played at the venue. (Credits to Veolia)

On the day, Veolia released the findings of the survey “The Challenges of our Resources”, which was conducted upon its request by French Polling Agency ELABE. 14000 respondents aged 18 or above were randomly selected from 28 countries across the world to take part in the survey, which aimed to find out how concerned people from different countries were about environmental issues and which environmental aspects they fell in.

Survey results showed that 89% of Chinese respondents believed their country had the capability to deal with environmental challenges and a resource crisis we would be facing 20 years later, which was the highest among all countries.
 
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Pic: The Press Day Venue. (Credits to Veolia)
 
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Pic: Antoine Frérot, Chairman and CEO of Veolia giving his speech. (Credits to Veolia)
 
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Pic: Chairman and CEO of Veolia, Senior Executive Vice President and Asia Director and the China expert team.