Energy efficiency benchmarking: Coming to a B.C. building near you?

VANCOUVER / COAST SALISH TERRITORY — Municipalities in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland want large buildings to be required to track their energy and water consumption, and to report this data to the province every year.

The Lower Mainland Local Government Association recently passed a City of Richmond-sponsored resolution calling on the B.C. government to make energy benchmarking and annual reporting mandatory for buildings larger than a certain size (such as 50,000 square feet). In September, the Union of B.C. Municipalities will consider a similar resolution at its annual convention in Vancouver.

On June 14, the Pembina Institute will host Building Energy Benchmarking in B.C., a timely webinar featuring speakers from the City of Seattle, Real Property Association of Canada, City of Richmond, and Canada Green Building Council. An audience Q&A will follow the presentations.

Benchmarking allows property owners to compare the energy performance of their buildings with historical use and similar buildings. This, in turn, helps owners identify opportunities to save energy and water, and thereby save money on utility bills and reduce carbon pollution.

This low-cost, market-based approach is already being used in 25 North American cities, Ontario, Washington, and California, and numerous jurisdictions in the U.K., Europe, and Asia. The resolution passed by Lower Mainland municipal officials asks for building energy data to be made available to local governments to inform their climate change programs.

The public and media are invited to attend Building Energy Benchmarking in B.C. via web or telephone (free of charge). Online registration is required.

Building Energy Benchmarking in B.C.

Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (PDT)

Register: pembina.org/benchmarking

Panellists:

  • Duane Jonlin, energy code and energy conservation advisor, City of Seattle
  • Brooks Barnett, manager of government relations and policy, Real Property Association of Canada
  • Brendan McEwen, sustainability manager, City of Richmond
  • Akua Schatz, director of advocacy and development, Canada Green Building Council

Moderator: Dylan Heerema, analyst, Pembina Institute

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Background

Report: Deep Emissions Reduction in the Existing Building Stock

Blog: Gas vs. electricity? Comparing home heating costs in B.C.

Report: Accelerating Market Transformation for High-Performance Building Enclosures

Action plan: Vision for Clean Growth in B.C.

About the Pembina Institute

The Pembina Institute is a non-profit think-tank that advocates for strong, effective policies to support Canada’s clean energy transition. We have offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Toronto. Learn more: www.pembina.org

The Consumer Council is encouraging everyone to get on-board with Translinkas aBus and Train Week

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Throughout the week of 5 to 11 June 2017, The Consumer Council is encouraging everyone to get on-board with Translink’s ‘Bus and Train Week 2017’ to explore the potential benefits of using public transport.

Translink are offering a range of discounted tickets across all of their services to encourage consumers to try public transport.

Commenting on the initiative Scott Kennerley, Head of Transport Policy at The Consumer Council said “We know from past research that consumers would like to use public transport more but the perceived cost is something that puts them off. Bus and Train Week 2017 gives people the opportunity to try the bus or train at a discounted price.  Our advice is to give it a go to see if it works for you. If it does, then see how much money you could save by travelling on a regular basis.

For more information on Translink’s Bus and Train Week 2017 visit www.translink.co.uk/bustrainweek/ . If you would like more information on the best tickets available visit the ‘What Ticket’ section on the Translink website www.translink.co.uk  or contact the Translink Contact Centre on 028 9066 6630.

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Consumer Council Media Contact:  Thomas McCaffery telephone 028 90251667  or email thomas.mccaffery@consumercouncil.org.uk    

The Consumer Council is an independent consumer organisation, working to bring about change to benefit Northern Ireland’s consumers. The Council campaigns for high standards of service and protection and a fair deal for all. It also carries out research, gives advice and publishes reports and other publications. It deals with individual complaints about buses, trains, planes, ferries, natural gas, electricity, coal and water.

For more information, visit www.consumercouncil.org.uk or Facebook  The-Consumer-Council-Northern-Ireland or Twitter @ConsumerCouncil

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State Bank of India (SBI) approves 100MW of Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar Projects under Word Bank Program

NEW DELHI, June 2, 2017 – The State Bank of India (SBI) today announced financing of solar rooftop projects worth Rs 400 crore, with private developers. This would add at least 100 MW of solar rooftop capacity to the grid, and is a significant step towards meeting the Government of India’s target for 40 GW of solar rooftop installations.

SBI has availed loan of USD 625 million from the World Bank for on-lending to viable Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar PV (GRPV) projects undertaken by PV developers/aggregators and end-users, for installation of rooftop solar systems on the rooftops of commercial, institutional and industrial buildings. Implementation of the program by SBI will support the installation of more than 600 MW of rooftop solar capacity.  With the World Bank funded capacity development program, SBI is making efforts to expand and incentivize the market for rooftop solar power by way of low cost financing.  Financing is being provided to those with sound technical capacity, relevant experience, and creditworthiness, meeting SBI standards.

Developers that the SBI will be financing under this Program include Azure Power, Amplus, and Cleanmax amongst others. The capacity of the projects and programs financed range from 25kWp to 16MW.

As the largest Bank in India, SBI is committed to finance renewable energy projects to support the Government of India in realising its renewable energy targets. With the World Bank loan, SBI aims at developing the nascent rooftop solar market.  As a tropical country, India has a huge potential to be the leader in the rooftop solar space, said Karnam Sekar, Deputy Managing Director, SBI. “In order to accelerate demand for rooftop solar systems in the market, SBI has developed financing models that will provide loans at a very competitive pricing with long tenor. Several capacity building measures and awareness programs are being undertaken to sensitize operating functionaries.  So far, SBI has sanctioned GRPV projects with aggregate capacity of 100 MW, and proposals are in the pipeline with aggregate capacity of around 125 MW. Going forward, off-take of loan would accelerate as awareness builds up in the market for grid-connected solar rooftop,” he added.

Aided by government policy and declining costs, rooftop solar has the potential to transform the energy sector.

“We are very pleased that SBI has achieved this first important milestone, of financing 100 MW of solar PV capacity to solar. The World Bank is strongly supportive of the government’s plans to harness this potential. Solar PV will not only improve access to electricity, but it will do so in a manner that avoids the environmental impacts of other traditional electricity sources. Through this project and others like it, tens of millions of electricity customers will eventually be able to generate part of their own electricity needs, from one of the cleanest sources of energy available” said Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director, World Bank.   

India is one of the lowest per capita consumers of electricity in the world. Over 200 million people remain unconnected to the electricity grid, and those who are, continue to face frequent disruptions. Power shortages also affect industrial output with many industries and manufacturers relying on expensive and polluting diesel-based back-up power supplies. 

Despite energy shortages, and the high cost of backup supply, rooftop solar PV systems have not yet become widespread in India. This is primarily due to the lack of adequate financing, unfamiliar technology and low consumer awareness. Until now, those that wanted to install solar rooftop PV systems had to pay the full cost up-front. The total capacity of rooftop solar, therefore, remains low.

The World Bank-Clean Technology Fund (CTF) loan will support a number of solar PV business models, to expand the reach of rooftop PV systems to a variety of customer groups. A range of options available to investors under the SBI Rooftop PV Program will include third-party ownership, leasing, rooftop rental, as well as direct end-user ownership.

The World Bank is also providing a Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant to support the overall capacity development of the sector.  This grant will (i) support an innovative risk mitigation mechanism to enable lending to small and medium enterprises (SME), commercial and industrial customers for GRPV, and (ii) to support strengthening of the investment climate and capacity building of the main stakeholders involved in the expansion of GRPV.

Future USS Gerald R. Ford Delivered to the Navy

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) aircraft carrier in Newport News, Virginia, May 31.

Delivery followed the ship’s successful completion of acceptance trials May 26.

„Congratulations to everyone who has helped bring CVN 78 to this historic milestone,” said Rear Adm. Brian Antonio, program executive officer for aircraft carriers. „Over the last several years, thousands of people have had a hand in delivering Ford to the Navy — designing, building and testing the Navy’s newest, most capable, most advanced warship. Without a doubt, we would not be here without the hard work and dedication of those from the program office, our engineering teams and those who performed and oversaw construction of this incredible warship. It is because of them that Ford performed so well during acceptance trials, as noted by the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey.”

„Well done to our shipbuilding partners, Ford’s crew and everyone who supported them,” said Vice Adm. Tom Moore, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, who also embarked for acceptance trials.

Ford is the lead ship of its class and the first new-design aircraft carrier delivered to the Navy since USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in 1975. It is also the first aircraft carrier to join the fleet since USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) delivered in 2009. The future USS Gerald R. Ford honors the 38th president of the United States and pays tribute to his lifetime of service to the nation in the Navy and in the U.S. government.

The next generation of aircraft carrier, the Gerald R. Ford class delivers unprecedented flexibility to the fleet. Due to a larger flight deck, the ability to host more aircraft, additional weapons and aviation fuel storage, and the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System and Advanced Arresting Gear, Ford will be able to increase sortie rates by one-third when compared to the Nimitz class. Further, the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier generates three times the amount of electricity as previous classes and is designed to rapidly add capabilities as new systems become available over the course of its projected 50-year service life.

Ford will be commissioned into the fleet this summer, formally placing the ship into active service. Following this, there will be a „shakedown” period where the ship will conduct several at-sea events to provide longer underway periods for the ship’s crew to operate and train on ship’s systems. In addition, planned deferred work will be performed, and any deficiencies identified during trials will be addressed during in-port periods.

Ford is expected to be operational in 2020 following achievement of initial operational capability.

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Future USS Gerald R. Ford Delivered to the Navy

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) aircraft carrier in Newport News, Virginia, May 31.

Delivery followed the ship’s successful completion of acceptance trials May 26.

„Congratulations to everyone who has helped bring CVN 78 to this historic milestone,” said Rear Adm. Brian Antonio, program executive officer for aircraft carriers. „Over the last several years, thousands of people have had a hand in delivering Ford to the Navy — designing, building and testing the Navy’s newest, most capable, most advanced warship. Without a doubt, we would not be here without the hard work and dedication of those from the program office, our engineering teams and those who performed and oversaw construction of this incredible warship. It is because of them that Ford performed so well during acceptance trials, as noted by the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey.”

„Well done to our shipbuilding partners, Ford’s crew and everyone who supported them,” said Vice Adm. Tom Moore, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, who also embarked for acceptance trials.

Ford is the lead ship of its class and the first new-design aircraft carrier delivered to the Navy since USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in 1975. It is also the first aircraft carrier to join the fleet since USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) delivered in 2009. The future USS Gerald R. Ford honors the 38th president of the United States and pays tribute to his lifetime of service to the nation in the Navy and in the U.S. government.

The next generation of aircraft carrier, the Gerald R. Ford class delivers unprecedented flexibility to the fleet. Due to a larger flight deck, the ability to host more aircraft, additional weapons and aviation fuel storage, and the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System and Advanced Arresting Gear, Ford will be able to increase sortie rates by one-third when compared to the Nimitz class. Further, the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier generates three times the amount of electricity as previous classes and is designed to rapidly add capabilities as new systems become available over the course of its projected 50-year service life.

Ford will be commissioned into the fleet this summer, formally placing the ship into active service. Following this, there will be a „shakedown” period where the ship will conduct several at-sea events to provide longer underway periods for the ship’s crew to operate and train on ship’s systems. In addition, planned deferred work will be performed, and any deficiencies identified during trials will be addressed during in-port periods.

Ford is expected to be operational in 2020 following achievement of initial operational capability.

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Ricoh Global Eco Action 2017

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TOKYO, May 30, 2017-The Ricoh Group will position a whole month, starting on Thursday, June 1, as “Ricoh Global Eco Action Month” and will conduct a special event, “Ricoh Global Eco Action 2017” to encourage Group company employees to think about the environment and take eco actions. In addition, the Ricoh Group will hold the “Common Action Day” for the entire Ricoh Group on Monday, June 5, which is the “United Nations World Environment Day.” “Ricoh Global Eco Action” began in 2006 and is organized annually. This year will mark the twelfth year of the event.

This year the Ricoh Group established the “Ricoh Group Environmental Goals” with the aim of achieving zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the entire value chain by 2050. The Ricoh Group will strengthen its measures for achieving a zero-carbon society based on the Paris Agreement that came into force last year.

To attain its goal, the Ricoh Group will need to adopt a range of measures, including numerous energy-saving activities and the active use of renewable energy, and also participating in, as the first Japanese company, RE100(*), a global initiative committed to actively using renewable energy.

The Ricoh Group also places great importance on activities such as Ricoh Global Eco Action, which provides an opportunity for each of Ricoh Group employees around the world about 100,000 to recognize the need to conserve the environment of our precious earth. The Ricoh Group will encourage participation in activities and sharing information through many opportunities with the aim of joining forces with employees, families, friends, local residents, and customers to expand the scope of eco action on an even larger scale.

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A global initiative established by companies that agreed a goal of procuring 100% of the electricity required for their businesses from renewable energy sources. Ricoh has committed to using a minimum of 30% renewable energy by 2030, and 100% by 2050.

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Ricoh Global Eco Action 2017

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TOKYO, May 30, 2017-The Ricoh Group will position a whole month, starting on Thursday, June 1, as “Ricoh Global Eco Action Month” and will conduct a special event, “Ricoh Global Eco Action 2017” to encourage Group company employees to think about the environment and take eco actions. In addition, the Ricoh Group will hold the “Common Action Day” for the entire Ricoh Group on Monday, June 5, which is the “United Nations World Environment Day.” “Ricoh Global Eco Action” began in 2006 and is organized annually. This year will mark the twelfth year of the event.

This year the Ricoh Group established the “Ricoh Group Environmental Goals” with the aim of achieving zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the entire value chain by 2050. The Ricoh Group will strengthen its measures for achieving a zero-carbon society based on the Paris Agreement that came into force last year.

To attain its goal, the Ricoh Group will need to adopt a range of measures, including numerous energy-saving activities and the active use of renewable energy, and also participating in, as the first Japanese company, RE100(*), a global initiative committed to actively using renewable energy.

The Ricoh Group also places great importance on activities such as Ricoh Global Eco Action, which provides an opportunity for each of Ricoh Group employees around the world about 100,000 to recognize the need to conserve the environment of our precious earth. The Ricoh Group will encourage participation in activities and sharing information through many opportunities with the aim of joining forces with employees, families, friends, local residents, and customers to expand the scope of eco action on an even larger scale.

(*) RE100:
A global initiative established by companies that agreed a goal of procuring 100% of the electricity required for their businesses from renewable energy sources. Ricoh has committed to using a minimum of 30% renewable energy by 2030, and 100% by 2050.

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New Project to Support 24×7 Power for All in Andhra Pradesh, India

WASHINGTON, MAY 26, 2017 – The World Bank will support the Government of Andhra Pradesh (AP) provide reliable, quality, and affordable 24×7 power to its citizens.

The $240 million Andhra Pradesh 24×7 Power for All Project, approved by the World Bank Board of Executive Directors today will help build new transmission and distribution infrastructure, as well as put in place systems to improve the technical efficiency and commercial performance of the state power sector utilities.  The project will help bring in modern technology solutions such as automated sub-stations and network analysis and planning tools to provide reliable power supply and enhance customer satisfaction.

While a significant portion of the proposed investments are aimed at improving power supply to rural areas, the project will also focus on demonstrating the deployment of smart grids in selected towns.

The project is part of the Government of India’s Power for All program launched in 2014. Andhra Pradesh is one of the first states selected for the rollout of the Power for All program. According to the Andhra Pradesh Power for All document the energy demand in the state is expected to grow to 78,900 GWh (Gigawatt-hour) by FY 2019 from 56,313 GWh in FY 2015, which implies an annual energy requirement of more than 8.5%. Substantial investments will be needed to meet this rising demand.

By increasing the supply of reliable electricity to households, industries, businesses and various other productive sectors, the project will contribute to economic development, poverty alleviation, and inclusive growth in Andhra Pradesh, said Junaid Ahmad, World Bank Country Director in India. “Around half of the proposed investments are targeted towards improving power supply in rural areas, thus providing opportunities to increase household incomes and standards of living for some of the poorer communities in India,” he added.

Some of the major components of the project include strengthening of the intra-state transmission and distribution network to disperse power to the load centers in the state.  While overall AT&C loss levels in Andhra Pradesh are low in comparison to many states, losses in a few rural districts are high. The state is planning measures like a High Voltage Distribution System (HVDS) in selected rural areas supported by the project. The distribution companies in Andhra Pradesh are ahead of many of their peers in deploying ICT based technologies. Under this project they now plan to move to the next level by developing a power distribution grid which will help monitor and improve the operational efficiency of the system.

The project will also support smart consumer meters, with two-way communication and backend IT infrastructure, deployed in select urban towns. These meters will not only reduce technical and commercial losses, but also improve peak load management. The meters are expected to provide consumers with better access to data which will encourage them to reduce their electricity consumption.

“Since 2014, the Government of Andhra Pradesh has taken significant steps to improve the power sector in the state. By supporting the government’s plans for improving the commercial performance of its distribution companies, the project will go a long way in helping Andhra Pradesh move into a higher growth trajectory,” said Mani Khurana, Senior Energy Specialist and World Bank’s Task Team Leader for the project. “The smart grid interventions under the project will demonstrate positive impacts on reliability and network management which can inform the design of similar projects in other states.” she added.

The $240 million loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), has a 5-year grace period, and a maturity of 19 years.

The project is being co-financed by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The World Bank and AIIB will provide loans in a 60:40 ratio for all components of the project.

In Mexico City, Veolia will build and operate the first Waste to Energy facility in Latin America

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Veolia, through its subsidiary Proactiva Medio Ambiente Mexico S.A. de C.V., has won the public call for tenders published by the government of Mexico City and just signed the contract to Design, Build, and Operate the first Waste to Energy facility in Latin America. With a capacity twice that of the largest facility in France, this unit will treat around 1.6 million metric tons of household waste a year. The 30 year operation and maintenance contract of this facility will represent an estimated cumulative revenue of 886 million euros for Veolia.

Jointly with leading global and Mexican companies, Veolia will build and operate the first waste to energy plant in Latin America. It must be said that each day, the inhabitants of Mexico City generate 13,000 metric tons of waste. Untreated, this waste would cover the city’s central square, Plancha Zocalo, to a depth of one meter. At present, two-thirds of this waste is landfilled.
 
This new waste to energy facility will provide an efficient alternative for treating the waste from this city of 10 million people. Each day, it will convert about one-third of the city’s household waste into green energy. The 965,000 MWh of electricity produced each year by the plant will be used directly by the Mexico City Subway Metro.
 
Gustavo Migues, Executive Vice President Latin America at Vesolia, explains: “Today, waste can become a valuable resource. In this instance, Mexico City will favor the treatment of waste and the production of renewable energy. We are delighted to have been selected for this truly significant project, through which we will contribute to improving the quality of life of the citizens of Mexico City and their essential services, while also helping fight climate change.” He adds: „What we are going to do in Mexico City is the demonstration that our expertise in waste management – one of Veolia’s core business – has a bright future ahead of it. The needs in Mexico, and more widely in Latin America, are such that we have a huge potential for development „.
 
The plant’s construction is due to begin in 2017 and will last 3 years. Operations are scheduled to start in 2020.
 
Active for 25 years in Mexico, Veolia serves 13 million people in the country and employs 3,000. Veolia treats 2.3 million metric tons of waste a year and provides 800,000 people with a waste collection service. With 500 million cubic meters of drinking water produced annually, Veolia Mexico meets the needs of the residents of 20 Mexican cities. 
 

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Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With over 163 000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them.
In 2016, the Veolia group supplied 100 million people with drinking water and 61 million people with wastewater service, produced 54 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 30 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy.
Veolia Environnement (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE) recorded consolidated revenue of €24.39 billion in 2016.

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In Mexico City, Veolia will build and operate the first Waste to Energy facility in Latin America

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Veolia, through its subsidiary Proactiva Medio Ambiente Mexico S.A. de C.V., has won the public call for tenders published by the government of Mexico City and just signed the contract to Design, Build, and Operate the first Waste to Energy facility in Latin America. With a capacity twice that of the largest facility in France, this unit will treat around 1.6 million metric tons of household waste a year. The 30 year operation and maintenance contract of this facility will represent an estimated cumulative revenue of 886 million euros for Veolia.

Jointly with leading global and Mexican companies, Veolia will build and operate the first waste to energy plant in Latin America. It must be said that each day, the inhabitants of Mexico City generate 13,000 metric tons of waste. Untreated, this waste would cover the city’s central square, Plancha Zocalo, to a depth of one meter. At present, two-thirds of this waste is landfilled.
 
This new waste to energy facility will provide an efficient alternative for treating the waste from this city of 10 million people. Each day, it will convert about one-third of the city’s household waste into green energy. The 965,000 MWh of electricity produced each year by the plant will be used directly by the Mexico City Subway Metro.
 
Gustavo Migues, Executive Vice President Latin America at Vesolia, explains: “Today, waste can become a valuable resource. In this instance, Mexico City will favor the treatment of waste and the production of renewable energy. We are delighted to have been selected for this truly significant project, through which we will contribute to improving the quality of life of the citizens of Mexico City and their essential services, while also helping fight climate change.” He adds: „What we are going to do in Mexico City is the demonstration that our expertise in waste management – one of Veolia’s core business – has a bright future ahead of it. The needs in Mexico, and more widely in Latin America, are such that we have a huge potential for development „.
 
The plant’s construction is due to begin in 2017 and will last 3 years. Operations are scheduled to start in 2020.
 
Active for 25 years in Mexico, Veolia serves 13 million people in the country and employs 3,000. Veolia treats 2.3 million metric tons of waste a year and provides 800,000 people with a waste collection service. With 500 million cubic meters of drinking water produced annually, Veolia Mexico meets the needs of the residents of 20 Mexican cities. 
 

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Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With over 163 000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them.
In 2016, the Veolia group supplied 100 million people with drinking water and 61 million people with wastewater service, produced 54 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 30 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy.
Veolia Environnement (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE) recorded consolidated revenue of €24.39 billion in 2016.

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