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VEOLIA ENVIRONMENT IN A STRATEGIC RESEARCH PARTNERSHIP IN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT WITH IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON

Dr Nick Voulvoulis- leader of the Environmental Quality Research Group at the CEP and Richard Kirkman, Head of Technology at Veolia Environnement  are coordinating this research partnership.

Veolia and Imperial have teamed up to offer the students attending the MSc in Environmental Technology an invaluable experience in waste and resource management.

Students have the opportunity to collaborate with world renowned research teams and increase their technical and technological expertise in the field of resource management, with the overall aim of getting the expertise needed for working towards a career in achieving a low carbon economy. They also have the option to undertake projects for their MSc thesis covering a wide spectrum of topics from resource management to energy efficiency and innovation. Apart from the numerous projects it funds, VES also invites students to attend the Veolia Summer School in Paris, France to discover the full range of environmental services in the fields of water, waste management and energy.

 The company expects that some of the students will go on to take places on the Veolia Environmental Services with the prospect of providing

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 scientific and technical support to the companies numerous projects. Richard Kirkman explains “We will provide case studies, sites and mentoring whilst the students bring a fresh and innovative approach underpinned by world class tutors and advisors on campus. Our aim is a closer working relationship between industry and the research community…”.

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MSC PROJECTS FUNDED BY VEOLIA

SUMMARY

The environmental impacts of unsustainable waste management are now widely acknowledged. Veolia Environmental Services have shifted their focus from waste management to resource management with the aim to promote sustainable waste management for the extraction of materials to achieve resource efficiency and circular economy. This provides opportunities for innovation and sustainable development which is on the core of the company’s future strategy and goals.  Such goals necessitate interdisciplinary research that provides a holistic approach to problem solving with the aim to provide high level information and deep-rooted solutions.

OVERVIEW OF RECENTLY FUNDED PROJECTS

1.

The waste management industry: From waste collectors to secondary resource suppliers
Student: William Morris
Supervisor: Dr Nick Voulvoulis
Co-supervisors: Professor Jan Gronow and Dr Eleni Iacovidou
Veolia advisor: Richard Kirkman

2.

Smartphone and tablet e-waste: Evaluating its potential for a new business opportunity
Student: Federico Furlan
Supervisor: Dr Nick Voulvoulis
Co-supervisors: Dr Eleni Iacovidou
Veolia advisor: Richard Kirkman

3.

Using aluminium to demonstrate the potential to improve the capture of value from waste
Student: Naomi Cohen
Supervisor: Dr Nick Voulvoulis
Co-supervisors: Professor Jan Gronow and Dr Eleni Iacovidou
Veolia advisor: Richard Kirkman

OTHER MSc PROJECTS FUNDED

2012-13  To the following content (also perhaps add the abstract of each project and hyperlink to thesis?):

1.

An economic, environmental and technical assessment of the recyclability of difficult materials present in the household waste
Student: Diana Silva Sarmiento
Supervisor: Dr Nick Voulvoulis
Co-supervisors: Professor Jan Gronow
Veolia advisor: Richard Kirkman 

2.

The optimization of food waste management to produce energy
Student: Patcharapun (Bell) Soodsakorn
Supervisor: Dr Nick Voulvoulis
Co-supervisors: Professor Jan Gronow
Veolia advisor: Richard Kirkman 

3.

Optimising plastics recycling: Investigating the market
Student: Federica Amato
Supervisor: Dr Nick Voulvoulis
Co-supervisors: Professor Jan Gronow
Veolia advisor: Richard Kirkman 

4.

Recovered Fibre Market and Re-processing in China
Student: Hongshu Yin
Supervisor: Dr Nick Voulvoulis
Co-supervisors: Professor Jan Gronow
Veolia advisor: Richard Kirkman 

2011-12  To the following content (also perhaps add the abstract of each project and hyperlink to thesis?):

1. The business potential of capturing and re-using the CO2 arising from waste treatment facilities
Student: Alexandre Autheman
Supervisor: Dr Nick Voulvoulis
Co-supervisors: Professor Jan Gronow
Veolia advisor: Richard Kirkman 
2. What is the potential of composting in the waste management industry in the UK?
Student: Arnaud Maviel
Supervisor: Dr Nick Voulvoulis
Co-supervisors: Professor Jan Gronow
Veolia advisor: Richard Kirkman 
3. Recyclable waste: a comparative analysis of the existing kerbside collection schemes
Student: Christophe Blanchard
Supervisor: Dr Nick Voulvoulis
Co-supervisors: Professor Jan Gronow
Veolia advisor: Richard Kirkman 
4. Material Flows of UK Recycling Exports
Student: Ray Kameda
Supervisor: Dr Nick Voulvoulis
Co-supervisors: Professor Jan Gronow and Maria Vlachopoulou
Veolia advisor: Richard Kirkman 

2010-11  To the following content (also perhaps add the abstract of each project and hyperlink to thesis?):

1. The business potential of algal technology for CO2 capture and biodiesel production from waste treatment facilities
Student: Georgios Hadjipanagi
Supervisor: Dr Nick Voulvoulis
Co-supervisors: Professor Jan Gronow
Veolia advisor: Richard Kirkman 
2. Technical and market influences on the practical viability of thermal EfW
Student: Gisella Schilling
Supervisor: Dr Nick Voulvoulis
Co-supervisors: Professor Jan Gronow
Veolia advisor: Richard Kirkman 
3. Evaluating the Energy Efficiency of Material Recovery Facility (MRF) and In-vessel Composting (IVC) Facility
Student: Han-Yeong Kaw
Supervisor: Dr Nick Voulvoulis
Co-supervisors: Professor Jan Gronow
Veolia advisor: Richard Kirkman 
4.

The Potential Optimisation and Integration of Commercial & Industrial and Munici
Student: Jade Cox
Supervisor: Dr Nick Voulvoulis
Co-supervisors: Professor Jan Gronow
Veolia advisor: Richard Kirkman 

5. Lessons from Europe: The suitability of anaerobic digestion technologies for municipal solid waste management in the UK
Student: Smriti Mallapaty
Supervisor: Dr Nick Voulvoulis
Co-supervisors: Professor Jan Gronow
Veolia advisor: Richard Kirkman 

2009-10 To the following content (also perhaps add the abstract of each project and hyperlink to thesis?):

1. Assessing technical options for the treatment of mixed plastics as a business opStudent: Aliki Kriekouki
Supervisor: Dr Nick Voulvoulis
Co-supervisors: Professor Jan Gronow
Veolia advisor: Richard Kirkman 
2. A market and technical assessment of mechanical biological treatment and mechanical heat treatment in the UK
Student: Douglas Burgess
Supervisor: Dr Nick Voulvoulis
Co-supervisors: Professor Jan Gronow
Veolia advisor: Richard Kirkman 
3. An investigation of existing and proposed capacities of waste treatment facilities across England
Student: Syazarina Haji Alias
Supervisor: Dr Nick Voulvoulis
Co-supervisors: Professor Jan Gronow
Veolia advisor: Richard Kirkman 
4. Assessment of Government Incentives for Energy from Waste, their impact on Energy from Waste Technologies, and Implications for Municipal Solid Waste
Student: Benedict Faria
Supervisor: Dr Nick Voulvoulis
Co-supervisors: Professor Jan Gronow
Veolia advisor: Richard Kirkman

VEOLIA ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES PRIZE

SUMMARY

Each year since 2010 Veolia Environmental Services offer an annual award for the highest grade achieved in the Environmental Pollution and Control module exam of the Core Course of the MSc in Environmental Technology.  This award aims to promote excellence in Environmental Pollution and Control.

The Veolia Environmental Services Award is up to the value of £300.

 

AWARDEES OF THE VEOLIA ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES PRIZE

Year Student’s Name
2012-13 Helen Picot
2011-12 Samer Alameddine
2010-11 Gisella Schilling

 

VEOLIA SUMMER SCHOOL

SUMMARY

Each year students attending the MSc in Environmental Technology can apply to attend the Veolia Summer School that takes place in mid-summer and lasts for a week. The School, also known as the Campus Veolia Environment, is situated in the Jouy-le-Moutier area in France, only 30km away from Paris.

Around 30 to 40 students from universities and business schools of a range of countries including, the Czech Republic, Hungary, France, Sweden, Ireland, Poland, United States, United Kingdom, Spain and China have the opportunity to attend the School.

In the School students have the opportunity to discover the full range of environmental services in the fields of water, waste management and energy. The objectives of the School are to:

  • Increase students’ awareness concerning the environmental stakes for sustainable cities.
  • Introduce international students to the business and activities related to environmental services.
  • Establish preferential relations with elite universities and business schools.

A synopsis of the week includes, introduction to Veolia Environment, meetings with HR staff, meetings with operations staff, site visits, business case, group discussions, cultural visits and many more.

 All travel expenses, accommodation and other costs are paid by Campus Veolia Environment.

STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN THE VEOLIA SUMMER SCHOOL IN 2014

This year three students have been accepted to attend the Veolia Summer School; Mr. Daniel TahsinMr Nicholas Tansey and Miss Trisha Roshni Bindah.

From the 29th of June to the 7th of July the students took part in the School along with 40 other students from 17 countries around the world. The week’s program was intensive consisting of a variety of different activities such as, site visits, presentations, speed meetings and focus groups, and case study projects.  Students’ had also the opportunity to present their projects to senior Veolia Directors, including the Chairman and CEO as well as, HR personnel at their main headquarters in Paris.

Apart from the sessions and visits, students had an evening cruise event down the Seine, and the chance to explore Paris.

The Veolia Summer School was a constructive week for the students and offered them the opportunity to acquire advanced technical knowledge on water, waste, energy, clients and sustainability, and the way to achieve sustainability in these fields, alongside meeting interesting and inspiring people. And as one of the students highlighted, “it was a unique opportunity to meet a number of students from around the world who shared a similar interest in environmental issues.”

Article: “The Veolia Summer School experience: Lessons for young professionals” [hyperlink] Article put together by the summaries provided by the students

Video from the week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pga7SC8uoj8

MSC STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN THE VEOLIA SUMMER SCHOOL FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Year Student’s Name
2012-13 Diana Silva Sarmiento
Jose Maria Ayala
Thanusan Gunabalasingham
Tian Sun
2011-12 Ray Kameda