SUEZ intends to play a leading role in the resource revolution. The group will achieve this ambition by pursuing two major policies. Transforming its business by focusing on the circular economy and digital technology. Becoming the benchmark partner for cities and industry in the design and implementation of solutions that optimize the management of their resources.
Heading towards the circular economy
The linear model of extraction, production and consumption has come to the end of a cycle. As a major player in the recycling and recovery of waste and a leader in the reuse of treated wastewater, SUEZ intends to speed up the development of its recovery activities, and in particular:
- Material recovery: SUEZ already returns almost 5 million tonnes 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, achieved by improving the performance and the sophistication of its recovery techniques and targeting the flows for which recovery will significantly greenhouse gas emissions. SUEZ is committed to doubling the recycling of plastics by 2020 and is strengthening its activities in the dismantling and recovery of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and of end-of-life aircraft and vehicles.
- Energy to energy: SUEZ wants to become a key player in clean energy through different means of waste recovery, including incineration, methanisation or the production of recovered solid fuels that can be used as excellent alternative fuels.
- The recovery of treated wastewater: SUEZ also intends to consolidate its position as a leader in the reuse of treated wastewater for a multitude of purposes (industry, agriculture, artificial aquifer recharge), which allow to anticipate the possible conflicts between the different users of water resources. Other promising markets on which SUEZ is already well positioned include the recovery of heat from wastewater and the production of energy from sewage sludge.
Speeding up the deployment of smart solutions
Digital technology is already at the very heart of SUEZ’s activities. New information and communication technologies have a direct impact on the efficiency of infrastructures supervision and 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 turnover. It also represents clear prospects for growth in the Group’s various markets and geographies.
SUEZ has created and intends to speed up the development of its line of innovative business line Advanced Solutions. These smart solutions will shape the face of the city of the future, which will be more resilient, thanks to the integrated management of its various flows.
Developing integrated offers for industry
All this creates a community of values and goals that make SUEZ their natural partner to respond to a multitude of needs: the management of the raw materials and energy procurement of, the reduction of water consumption, environmental standards, complex processes, operational performance, reputation and operating permissions.
SUEZ already has a firm foothold on this market, with €5.5 billion of turnover and emblematic customers, such as Sanofi, Safran, Solvay and Total. The Group’s ambition is to grow its activity by developing an ad hoc offer for targeted sectors, such as construction, retailing, agrifoods, paper, pharmaceuticals and energy.
Supporting the environmental transition on an international scale
SUEZ has reorganised its International Division into five geographical Business Units and four business lines in order to fuel its continued growth.
The Group intends to consolidate and broaden its activities in countries where it has been established for a long time (the United States, Australia, China, Morocco, Chile) and to strengthen its position in countries or regions of high potential growth for its activities (India, Middle East, Mexico, etc.). It also plans to selectively pursue its development in new zones (sub-Saharan Africa, 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”.