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How Veolia Uses Aqueduct

In 2015, Veolia decided to launch a Water Stress Project as part of its 2016-2019 Group's Environmental Objectives Plan. The Plan includes targets to enhance the protection of water resources, among them, a specific target for water stress related issues: to conduct a diagnosis on 95% of sites with a significant water stress. The objective is to identify the risks related to water, at medium term for the assets, taking into account the use of the watershed by other actors and coming changes in the regulation.

As part of the methodology applied to identify sites which have “significant water stress issues”, Veolia decided to use the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas to identify the water stress levels of different watersheds. In addition, Veolia has adopted a scoring approach that combines the quantity of water withdrawn from the environment by a site with the local stress level (as a large amount of water extracted from a fairly stressed area can be as risky as a medium amount of water in highly stressed area). To do so, geographical coordinates of sites from Veolia's Reporting System were used in the WRI Aqueduct tool.