European Business Briefs: wastewater, UV disinfection, and corporate sustainability

In this week’s European Business Briefs, a 30-year contract for wastewater treatment plants in The Hague, a new UV treatment contract in Germany, and companies are urged to increase profitability by managing environmental impact.


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Vivendi Environment’s subsidiary Vivendi Water has won a €1.5 billion, 30-year design, build, finance and operate contract for wastewater treatment plants in The Hague and its surrounding region in the Netherlands. Vivendi Water has won the contract as part of a consortium, which also includes a number of Dutch firms. The contract will start at the end of 2003, and will serve 1.7 million people.

Meanwhile in Germany, Wedeco AG Water Technology has announced that it is to supply the Lengries sewage treatment plant in Bavaria with an ultraviolet system for the disinfection of wastewater. The plant will be operational in the spring of 2003 and is part of the Bavarian Government’s programme to improve the bathing water quality of the upper Isar.

And finally, businesses in Yorkshire, England, are being urged to consider the benefits of managing their environmental impact. The Yorkshire and Humber Regional Development Agency, known as Yorkshire Forward, is supporting a series of breakfast seminars aimed at encouraging companies to improve their profitability and efficiently manage their impact on the environment.

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