Natural resources are becoming scarcer and are deteriorating while demand rises. We are designing and implementing solutions to take on the four major challenges of the resource revolution: developing access to the resources, protecting these resources, optimizing their use and producing new ones. This is how we're helping to secure the resources essential to our future.
Resource availability is a vital challenge. We must supply as many people as possible with high quality drinking water at a fair price, and optimise the collection, recycling and recovery of waste as a source of new resources.
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In the remote Northern Territory community of Adelaide River, providing clean drinking water is a significant challenge. An Australian first, SUEZ’s innovative biological filtration technology removes iron and manganese from the natural groundwater supplies, enabling the Adelaide River Water Treatment Plant to deliver 1.1 million litres of quality drinking water each day.
Australia is home to some of the world’s driest climates. SUEZ is a leader in the development of sustainable seawater desalination solutions, including our reverse osmosis filtration technology. Our desalination plants deliver a safe and reliable source of drinking water for more than two million residents in Perth and around 4.5 million in Victoria.
As Sydney’s population and urban footprint continue to grow, so too does the city’s demand for safe, clean drinking water. SUEZ’s Prospect Water Filtration Plant has been on the frontline in meeting this need for more than two decades, harnessing operational efficiency and innovation to reliably supply 85 per cent of Sydney’s needs.
Managing waste can be a complex task for local authorities. Our SUEZ CORE smart technology gives councils a flexible and integrated system for real-time service management with complete visibility 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trucks, staff services and requests are connected via a central database, offering more efficient operations for happier residents.
With less than 600m³ of water per inhabitant each year, Algeria is considered one of the world’s poorest countries in terms of water resources. The creation of the Algiers water and sanitation utility (Société des Eaux et d'Assainissement d'Alger or SEAAL) in 2006, as part of a public-private partnership with SUEZ, means that the city of Algiers’ residents now enjoy a continuous water supply and an improved wastewater treatment system.
Masdar in the United Arab Emirates experiences intense periods of water stress. SUEZ’s pilot facility for desalination of seawater by inverse osmosis is powered by renewable energy and has minimal environmental impact. The facility provides 100m3 of high-quality drinking water to the region’s inhabitants each day while consuming less than 3.6 Wh/m3 of electricity.
Our smart technologies allow SUEZ to monitor the waste produced in individual households, enabling residents to be invoiced according to the volume of waste they produce and the number of waste collections from their homes. This incentive-based pricing system encourages households to sort their recoverable waste more efficiently, making way fort greater recovery of resources.
By protecting natural resources now, we’re guaranteeing the quality of our environment and our resources in the future. As cities and industry become increasingly focused on reducing their environmental impact, we’re working with them to improve discharge quality, recover energy from sludge, reduce CO2 emissions, decontaminate soils and promote biodiversity.
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The SUEZ-designed Greater Casablanca East Coast Anti-Pollution System in Morocco is able to treat 100 per cent of the city’s wastewater and intercept its discharge along the coast. The project is protecting the coastline as part of the city’s East Coast urban rehabilitation program, which includes renovating and upgrading the seafront and improving living conditions for local residents.
In Lebanon, we’ve helped the city of Sidon rehabilitate an open-air mountain of waste that had accumulated over more than 30 years. Delivered in partnership with JCC and with the support of the United Nations Development Program, the project saw the introduction of waste storage, recovery and recycling facilities and the development of a new public park. By rehabilitating what local residents called the “mountain of shame”, we’ve helped to protect the coastline and public health.
SUEZ’s Influx® technology uses a continuous weather surveillance system to help cities anticipate periods of rain. We adapt rainwater storage capacities in real time to prevent overflows that lead to pollution and flooding. Collected rainwater is treated and diverted for reuse, such as in watering parks and gardens.
Information technology is at the heart of our drive to improve resource efficiency. Real-time management of water and sanitation services, smart collection systems, reverse logistics, optimisation of energy consumption in factories – these solutions all generate significant economic and environmental savings for our customers.
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Remote meter reading enables the optimised management of network resources. SUEZ is the European market leader, with our products in use in numerous countries including China, Morocco, Singapore and Chile. Smart meters fitted in consumer homes measure water consumption volumes and detect leaks, saving both water and money.
We also enable cities to integrate digital technology into public drop-off points for waste, installing digital volume meters in containers to allow waste collection services to monitor container fill levels in real time. This helps optimise collection rounds, reduce noise pollution and CO2 emissions and avoid emptying half-full or overflowing waste bins.
SUEZ offers smart management solutions for water and sanitation services through our 12 VISIO management centres. These regional control towers monitor water table levels, water pressure and quality in real time. They also ensure the rapid deployment of maintenance workers in the event of a leak and can anticipate periods of heavy rain to avoid the environmental risks of flooding and overflows.
The resource revolution is circular: transforming seawater into drinking water, sludge into renewable energy and waste into energy or secondary raw materials. By creating new, high-quality resources from waste, we protect our scarce natural resources.
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Biogas is a powerful source of renewable energy. At the Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant in South Australia, SUEZ employs innovative anaerobic co-digestion technology to boost the biogas harnessed from organic waste sludge, producing enough energy to meet 74 per cent of the plant’s own operational needs.
In Sydney’s west, SUEZ harnesses gas from the neighbouring engineered landfill to meet almost 99 per cent of the power requirements of our Kemps Creek SAWT ARRT Facility. This means we can divert more waste from landfill, in a facility powered almost exclusively by the continuously renewing energy resource produced within the landfill itself.
Our SUEZ-ResourceCo facility is the first of its kind in Australia, converting commercial and industrial waste into fuels that replace gas and coal in power stations and industrial applications. We divert more than 95 per cent of this waste from landfill each year, transforming it into around 75,000 tonnes of Processed Engineered Fuel (PEF).
In China, the Chongqing plant has been treating wastewater for over one million inhabitants since 2009. Our INNODRY®2E technology treats up to 240 tonnes of sludge each day, drying it and transforming it into alternative fuels to help meet some of the plant’s energy needs.
In France, wastewater treatment plants are transitioning to become new regional energy production facilities. We have created local, sustainable, low-carbon renewable energy channels by treating biogas from wastewater sludge on an industrial scale and transforming it into biomethane. In Strasbourg, Valenton, Annecy and Angers, gas produced in treatment plants is injected into natural gas networks or transformed into fuel for heavy goods vehicles.
At our Plast’lab® laboratory, we produce recycled plastic equivalent in quality to virgin plastic , and better suited to industrial requirements such as shock and heat resistance. Using recycled plastic over virgin plastic also reduces energy consumption. Designed and developed for industrial manufacturers, this recycled plastic helps them improve their economic, environmental and energy performance.