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Fighting climate change

Fighting climate change is of critical importance to us at SUEZ. We’ve set ourselves 13 climate objectives under our 2017-2021 roadmap.


Protecting our planet

SUEZ’s climate solutions aim to reduce the carbon footprint of our Group, adapt to the effects of climate change on water, promote material recycling, recovery and reuse, and develop climate-responsible models.

What is climate change?

Climate change results from an increase in the temperatures of most of the Earth's oceans and atmosphere. Water is already the most impacted area:

  • 40 per cent of the world's population will live in water-stressed regions by 2035 (source: UN)
  • 40 per cent reduction in water reserves by 2030 compared with current levels (source: World Bank)

Targeting a lower carbon footprint

SUEZ has committed to playing our part in achieving the two degrees target limiting global warming. We strive to limit the carbon footprint of our activities in all the countries where we operate. Fitting out all storage sites with biogas recovery systems, our reinforced clean vehicles policy and continuous energy efficiency improvement focus are all part of this commitment.

We’re also working with our customers in industry and local government to help them avoid GHG emissions, delivering tailored circular economy solutions including waste-to-material and waste-to-energy and doubling the recovery of plastics – a significant economic and environmental challenge.

Our objectives

  • Reduce direct and indirect GHG emissions by 10 per cent by 2021 and 30 per cent by 2030
  • Help our customers to avoid more than 60 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Double the volume of recycled plastic
  • Increase the production of renewable energy by more than 10 per cent

Adapt to the effects of climate change on water

By 2035, 40 per cent of the world's population will live in water-stressed regions if no action is taken to secure water resources. We’re committed to saving water through better control of leaks and consumption and to increasing the available volumes through alternative water sources such as wastewater reuse and desalination.

Prevention is just as important as adaption. We provide industry with solutions to limit its water footprint and develop predictive tools to prevent the risk of flooding for local authorities, irrespective of their size. We’re also working to raise awareness of the effects of climate change on water through the Business Alliance for Water and the Climate.

Our objectives

  • Systematically offer our customers climate change resilience plans
  • Promote different water usages by tripling our alternative water production capacity by 2030
  • Save water consumption equivalent to that of a city of more than 2 million inhabitants
Recycle, recover and reuse

Promote material recycling, recovery and reuse

Every one of SUEZ’s employees is working for the Resource Revolution, transitioning our business model towards the circular economy.

The circular economy is a sustainable model for growth – one that disconnects from the consumption of natural resources while also reducing GHG emissions. Across our global operations, our fundamental goal is to increase the proportion of waste turned into secondary raw materials.

Our objectives

  • Increase the production of secondary raw materials by 20 per cent
  • Achieve a ratio of 2 tonnes of waste for reuse for every tonne of waste that is disposed of

Develop climate-responsible models

Combating climate change and deploying the circular economy on a global scale requires the creation of a new economic model that considers external environmental and social impacts. SUEZ is working to develop this model by adopting an internal carbon price, indexing operator remuneration to global performance, contributing to the development of material circularity indicators for more robust impact measurement and shifting attitudes through embedding a genuine circular economy culture.

Our objectives

  • Introduce a directive carbon price in 60 per cent of the annual expenditure committed to new projects
  • Introduce a harmonised global circularity indicator for goods and services
  • Systematically offer pay packages partially index-linked to our global performance
  • Raise employee awareness and promote training in emerging models such as carbon accounting and new business models.
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