Veolia Inaugurates its First Regeneration Plant in China, Bringing Sustainable Water Purification Solutions

Veolia Inaugurates its First Regeneration Plant in China, Bringing Sustainable Water Purification Solutions

The plant will provide a reliable source of treated and ultrapure water for businesses in sectors like microelectronics, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, power, and food and beverage.

Veolia Water Technologies, a subsidiary of Veolia and a leading specialist in water treatment technologies and services, announced the inauguration of its first ion exchange regeneration facility in China. The facility features state-of-the-art technology to efficiently recycle spent ion exchange resins, promoting resource optimization and sustainability.

Strategically located in the Changshu Economic and Technological Development Zone (CEDZ) in Jiangsu province, the new facility spans 6,000 square meters with a production capacity of 60 kL/d for mobile water services and 5 kL/d for service deionization. Environmental sustainability was a central focus in the design of the regeneration plant which integrates innovative water recycling systems that will reduce city water consumption by up to 60%, preserving freshwaters for the local community. 

Established in 1992, CEDZ is a leader in innovation and environmental stewardship. Recent years have seen significant ecological improvements in areas such as water, air, and soil quality. These achievements resonate with Veolia's sustainability goals, evident in the strategic placement of the new facility within the CEDZ.

Veolia’s new state-of-the-art facility will enhance supply chain resilience for key industries, promoting environmental stewardship as part of Veolia's commitment to driving the ecological transformation. Through this investment of €10 million, Veolia reaffirms its dedication to meet the evolving needs of industries that require a reliable source of treated and ultrapure water, catalyzing positive change across vital sectors such as microelectronics, pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, power generation, and the food and beverage industry. The plant's inauguration is a milestone advancement in Veolia's growth initiatives within the Chinese market, expanding its scope of services to better support customers and meet their treated and ultrapure water needs. 

Veolia recently unveiled its ambitious GreenUp strategic program for 2024-2027, accelerating the deployment of affordable, replicable solutions that depollute, decarbonize, and regenerate resources. Water technologies and solutions are at the heart of this program, and the new regeneration plant is a crucial milestone in advancing decarbonization and resource regeneration efforts in the company’s operations in China.

Arnaud Valleteau, Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Water Technologies, shared: “As leading global water technology experts, Veolia delivers on both performance and sustainability without compromise. Aligned with our GreenUp strategic program in terms of decarbonization and resource regeneration, this new facility marks a pivotal step in our journey. We're accelerating our efforts to provide essential sustainable solutions, recognizing the urgent need for action. China remains a growth market for Veolia, and we’re dedicated to expanding our presence and delivering on our promise of sustainability, in line with the country’s 30:60 dual carbon policy.”

The inauguration event was graced by Qin Meng, Vice Secretary of the Changshu CPC Committee, Mayor of the Changshu Municipal City Government, together with Chen Guodong, Member of the Changshu Municipal Standing Committee, Deputy Secretary of the CEDZ Party Working Committee and Deputy Director of CEDZ Management Committee, and esteemed representatives from the Investment Promotion Bureau of CEDZ. Their participation underscores the collaborative efforts between Veolia and local authorities to drive business resilience for the region and advance sustainable development initiatives that align with China's 14th Five-Year Plan.

Since Veolia’s establishment in China in the 1990s, the company has executed more than 400 projects, demonstrating its proficiency in delivering tailored solutions to both industrial and municipal customers. 

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