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The Institute

How to make cities more resilient? What are the solutions to improve air quality? How to feed more and more people, especially in cities?

A platform for discussion and debate

The Veolia Group set up the Institute in 2001 precisely to address questions such as these, which it foresaw as being key issues for society in the 21st century. Designed as an independent space for collective thinking, as a platform for discussion and debate, the Institute explores the future at the interface between society and the environment. Connected to the global intellectual ecosystem, it facilitates multi-stakeholder analysis to explore emerging trends, particularly the environmental and societal challenges for the decade.


Over the years, the Institute has built up a high level network of intellectual and scientific experts, NGOs, international organizations and forefront institutions such as universities and research bodies around the world. Our scientific reputation is founded on their expertise.


A network of distinguished scientists

By combining scientific analysis with fieldwork, maintaining continuous dialogue with the members of our network, and partnering leading institutions, we pursue our foresight mission through the organization of conferencesseminars and research studies which give rise to publications .

Our work is organized around a range of themes: cities and urban services, environment, energy, health, agriculture, etc.

And because we firmly believe that dialogue and knowledge-sharing are crucial for finding answers to the questions that concern us, all of our work is freely accessible on our website. 

Veolia Institute

A platform for environmental & societal foresight

Several official accreditations


  • Member of the "Civil Society Network" of UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
  • Status of "research organization" by the European Commission, in the 7th Framework Programme for Research


  • Provisional accreditation as "Observer NGO" by UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Official label "COP21" granted for the Conference on Methane by the French Government


Nos rapports d'activité

Our Activity Reports

Download Veolia Institute's Activity Reports.