Veolia has called on businesses to implement carbon reduction strategies to help the UK achieve its COP21 pledges including generating their own power.
The main aims of the agreement are to hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C.
Now Veolia’s senior executive vice-president, Estelle Brachlianoff has said that the “business case is clear” for companies implementing more sustainable practices.
Writing for the 16 January issue of MRW, Brachlianoff said “Shifting to more sustainable activities not only reduces the carbon impact but also reduces costs and rapidly pays for itself.
“However, for this to be implemented at the scale and speed needed, Governments need to take significant steps to encourage businesses to act.”
She described generating on site low carbon electricity and heat as a concept that has “enormous potential”.
The UK could use millions of tonnes of waste wood as a biomass fuel for generating electricity for the national grid and providing heating for communities if it focused on carbon neutral energy, she said.
Brachlianoff suggested that the seven million tonnes of human waste produced in the UK annually, as well as food waste, could be utilised to produce biogas to generate electricity with the residue used as an organic fertiliser to improve crop yields.
She also called for better supply chain pricing to ensure to ensure that a high quality of secondary recycled materials would become “business critical”.