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Our strategy

In this perpetually changing world where natural resources are becoming scarcer, SUEZ is committed to the smart and sustainable management of water resources, the treatment and recovery of waste and to supporting its customers in their response to the new environmental issues.


Leading the sustainable resource management

Constant growth in the world's population, economic growth on a worldwide scale: ressure
on resources has never been so intense, yet the needs of cities and industries will continue to grow in coming years. 

SUEZ positions itself as the leader of the resource revolution, an inevitable revolution that requires us to re-imagine our ways of thinking, producing and consuming resources.

SUEZ is committed to a smart and sustainable resources management, to improve the environmental and economic performance of cities and industries.

To serve this ambition, our strategy at SUEZ is based on 2 pillars and 4 priorities :
Transform our activities

through circular economy and smart solutions

Open up to new markets

across the globe and in new customers segments as industrials


Heading towards the circular economy

The linear model of extraction, production and consumption has come to an end. As a major player in the recycling and recovery of waste and a leader in the reuse of treated wastewater, we intend to speed up the development of our recovery activities, particularly the following: 
  • Material recovery: SUEZ already returns almost 4 million tons of secondary raw materials (paper, cardboard, glass, metal, plastic, wood) to the market. Its goal is to strengthen this position, thanks to higher operational and innovative standards. To achieve it, we will need to improve the performance and the sophistication of our recovery techniques and targeting the flows for which recovery will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We’re committed to doubling the recycling of plastics by 2020 and strengthening our position in the dismantling and recovery of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and for the end-of-life aircraft and vehicles. 
  • Energy to energy: SUEZ wants to become a key player in clean energy through alternative ways of doing waste recovery, including incineration, or the production of recovered solid fuels that can be used as new types of fuels. 
  • The recovery of treated wastewater: We intend to consolidate our position as a leader in the reuse of treated wastewater for a multitude of purposes (industry, agriculture, artificial aquifer recharge), which will allow us to anticipate the possible conflicts between the different users of water resources. Other promising markets include, the recovery of heat from wastewater and the production of energy from sewage sludge.

Increasing the speed of smart solutions’ deployment

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Digital technology is already at the heart of SUEZ’s operations. New information and communication technologies have a direct impact on the efficiency of infrastructures supervision, their maintenance and on the flows’ control. This development priority, applicable to the smart management of water and waste, currently accounts for more than €350 million of our business. It also represents clear prospects for growth in the Group’s various markets. Where we intend to speed up the development of our innovative line of Advanced Solutions. These smart solutions will shape the face of the city of the future, to be more resilient because of integrated management of its various flows.
Today this development axis for the Group, whether in the water or waste activities, in cities or regional management, represents over €350 million of revenue and promising growth perspectives for the Group's markets and regional operations.

Developing integrated solutions for industry

SUEZ intends to become the environmental benchmark for its industrial customers. We pursue ambitious sustainable development or CSR policies, complied with the climate commitments outlined by the COP21 agreement and we’re determined to move our economic models towards the circular economy. Thus, creating a community of values and goals making SUEZ their natural partner to respond to a multitude of needs: the management of the raw materials and energy procurement, the reduction of water consumption, environmental standards, complex processes, operational performance, reputation and operating permissions. We already have a firm foothold on this market, with €5.5 billion of turnover and iconic customers such as Sanofi, Safran, Solvay and Total. Our ambition is to grow our business by developing an ad hoc offer for targeted sectors, such as construction, retailing, agrifoods, paper, pharmaceuticals and energy.

Environmental transition on an international scale

Strengthened by the transformation of its businesses and its innovation policy, SUEZ brings the solutions for smart and sustainable resource management. We’re capable of supporting the environmental transition all over the planet and of responding to the yearning for a growth model that consumes fewer resources. SUEZ has re-organized its international division into five geographical business units and four business lines in order to achieve continued growth. We intend to consolidate and broaden our operations in countries where we’ve been established for a long time (the United States, Australia, China, Morocco, Chile) and to strengthen our position in countries or regions of high potential for growth i.e. India, Middle East, Mexico, etc. There are also plans to selectively pursue development in new zones like sub-Saharan Africa or South-East Asia through major projects or long-term facilities. SUEZ is aiming for sustained international growth of between 6% and 8% that will enable it to reconcile “development” and “performance”.
Key data

The Group’s progress in its strategic activities

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+17 %

growth in international revenue between 2014 and 2015

€ 1.7 bn

in revenue from key industrial accounts

5.4 TWh

of energy produced from waste and wastewater in 2016

+23 %

growth in revenue from Advanced Solutions between 2014 and 2015 

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