Demographic and urban growth, global warming and declining natural resources have driven a worldwide shift towards a less resource-intensive growth model. Transforming the way we manage, produce and consume resources is at the very heart of our strategy, driving our ambition to become the leader of the resource revolution.
Population and urban growth impacts the demand for water and the volumes of waste to be treated. Infrastructure in these urban environments becomes denser and more complex to manage.
-By 2030, 60% of the world’s 8.5 billion population will live in cities
-41 mega-cities will be populated by more than 10 million inhabitants
-In 2030, 40% of the world’s population will live in zones exposed to hydric stress
-The volume of urban waste will increase by 70% by 2050
-Demand for water will exceed 40% of Earth’s currently accessible water supplies by 2030
-16,119 of the estimated 40,177 animal and plant species in the world could disappear, putting entire ecosystems at risk
-Mineral resources could be be exhausted (estimates based on 2009 usage rates)
Monitoring public opinion on environmental protection is important to us, and SUEZ has partnered with the Harris Interactive Institute to establish a Global Resource Observatory. In 2015, studies revealed that an environmental consciousness is emerging in all the countries reviewed by the study (Source: World Resource Observatory, Harris Interactive-SUEZ, March 2015):
-95% of respondents in China, 92% in France and 77% in the United States think "resources are over-exploited"
-90% of respondents in China, 88% in France and 72% in the United States think that "we need to support the circular economy"
In France, energy law is transitioning to green growth. It aims to combat wastefulness and promote a circular economy, with clear goals to:
-Reduce the production of waste by 10% between 2010 and 2020
-Recover as materials 70% of the waste created by the building and public works sector by 2020
In China’s 13th five-year plan (2016-2020), ‘green development’ is a pre-requisite for the country’s continued economic growth. Ten of the 13 objectives take the environment into consideration, including a:
-15% decrease in the energy intensity of the GDP
-18% drop in the carbon concentration of the GDP
-25% decrease of fine particles in the air
As for the European Union, the new Circular Economy Package sets an ambitious goal for recycling:
-Recovery of 60% of municipal waste by 2025, and 70% by 2030
-Recovery of 65% of biowaste by 2025, and 70% by 2030
Demand is mounting for innovative economic models that disengage from rising resource consumption. The circular economy offers a promising outlook.
-$US1,000 billion could be saved by reducing the consumption of virgin raw materials, according to the Ellen McArthur Foundation
-€12 to €23 billion would be generated for every percentage point of reduction in resource consumption, according to the Institut Montaigne
-The global waste-to-energy market could grow at an annual rate of 6%
-The global market for digital technologies for water is expected to be worth €27.5 billion in 2021, compared to €19.5 billion in 2016
-Cities will need to spend $US41,000 billion to digitalise their infrastructure over the next 20 years
-The agriculture sector must also address the issue of increasingly scarce resources in meeting their water distribution and wastewater treatment needs, including demand for irrigation infrastructures
-The global industrial water market is expected to be worth €121 billion in 2021, compared to €95 billion in 2016