About: Veolia Research and Innovation is the world leader in environmental solutions. It is both an international research group and the service company. It focuses on research of urban and industrial water and wastewater plants. Veolia’s projects are based on an international network and include resource management tools, water treatment technologies, wastewater collection networks management, parameter management to measure environmental and health risks, and sustainable urban development.
Intern Responsibilities: The IIP intern will be integrated into an ongoing project involving other project contributors (permanent staff). Projects include:
Product recovery from saline effluents and desalination brines - The project aims to identify and evaluate scenarios of synergies between the transformation of by-products from various industries (today no or very low value created with these by-products) with local demands and possibly on-site needs. Fields of application include: the mining and oil and gas industries and the by-products will be primarily inorganics and often mixed with other by-products. The means of transformation of the by-products into valuable products will involve water treatment technologies - both existing / well-proven technologies, and emerging water treatment technologies. The IIP intern will have the support of the project team, and notably, water treatment experts providing technical information related to the performance, mass balance, consumables and power consumption of water treatment technologies that could be considered for the selected case studies. IIP interns interested in Circular Economy or Industrial Symbiosis this is an opportunity to discover and work on these concept’s real stakes in real life.
Local management of Biowaste: Levers and obstacles - Organic waste management is possibly the central health tenet in urban sanitation. In volume terms, these streams represent only 25% a household’s waste arisings (67kg/pc/y). Yet, these streams have shaped the structure of the waste management industry over the years. Today, shortening the recovery « loop » potentially reorients benefits locally (environmental and social) compared with established methods and can help the emergence of new stakeholders (associations and start-ups, crowdfunding) and new business models. Developing these new local value chains is already happening through a number of dispersed examples. Technically, solutions exist or are in the pipeline (eg. miniaturization of composting for a building unit) This change of paradigm compared with traditional solutions based on waste flows massification in large-scale remote and centralized facilities, raises a number of questions when studying the value propositions. These need to be answered through a multidisciplinary approach including human sciences, economics, and geography. The scope of this IIP internship is to provide a medium-term perspective (five years) drawn internationally from literature and case studies and setting country benchmarks to address the following questions:
The alternative forms of localized and decentralized biowaste management compared to the current situation (from internal information sources);
Levers and obstacles to the localized management of organic waste (literature review and from interviews in France).
Qualifications: IIP candidates should be interested in sociology, economic development, sustainability, politics, pre-law, public policy, finance, economics, and/or marketing. For the second project, IIP candidates with interests in central and local government policy of sustainable development and waste management through territorial echelons are encouraged to apply. IIP candidates for this project should also have the capacity to interpret contrasting international case studies. This requires a firm understanding of the key policy tenet governing solid waste management, as applied to biological waste, to the point to the key levers and obstacles to the development of decentralized solutions. An understanding of public acceptance (including health and economic issues) and how these structure technologies work would be an asset. Advanced French skills in reading are highly recommended.