SUEZ is taking action to protect biodiversity, both through supporting our customers and within our own organisation.
We incorporate conservation and natural heritage enhancement into the environmental management plans for each of our sites, from identifying the most sensitive sites to monitoring environmental conditions and developing local action plans. We harness the expertise of a wealth of partner organisations dedicated to protection of the natural environment.
Increasing the number of regulatory and voluntary action plans implemented at sensitive sites in or near protected areas is a quantifiable objective under Commitment 3 of the SUEZ Group's 2012-2016 Sustainable Development road map, which aims to “improve the environmental footprint of our facilities and services”.) The number of action plans rose from 111 in 2013 to 214 in 2015.
1.Promote an internal framework for action in support of biodiversity
We’ve bolstered our commitment by making biodiversity a strategic policy issue supported by all employees and general management. We encourage, inform and educate on the policy at all levels and develop tools to measure and assess the effectiveness of initiatives.
2. Incorporate biodiversity into research and innovation programs
Through SUEZ Ventures, an investment fund dedicated to SUEZ's new water and waste technologies, relationships and interactions with innovative start-ups are encouraged. We’ve launched a program focused on marine biodiversity that includes numerous projects to preserve and restore aquatic and marine environments.
3. Share our knowledge and contribute to public awareness
We forge new partnerships to continually raise awareness of issues related to biodiversity among the public and our stakeholders.
Since 2010, we’ve worked with the French NGO France Nature Environnement to develop joint initiatives in water resource protection and biodiversity conservation at our sites. Also in France, we have formed partnerships with Guadeloupe National Park, the League for the Protection of Birds and the National Museum of Natural History to promote biodiversity at SUEZ-managed waste treatment plants.