Oceans

Plastic pollution in the Mediterranean Sea: SUEZ supports 7th Continent scientific expedition

A team of scientists from the CNRS will be joining the 7th Continent expedition to study pollution of the water cycle by micro- and nanoplastic particles in the Mediterranean Sea. SUEZ is supporting the NGO in its work to improve the state of knowledge of marine pollution.

Protecting the oceans is one of the key commitments made by SUEZ, which is why the Group has been supporting the 7th Continent expedition for over four years. The NGO takes action through its expeditions to study, and therefore to reduce, marine pollution caused by human activity.

Its next scientific expedition will take place from 20 September to 15 October 2019, and will aim to measure the presence of plastic particles at different depths in the water column and in the air above the surface of the sea, to improve our understanding of how they travel in natural environments.

The 7th Continent boat will focus its analysis on areas in which plastic waste has built up. The scientists will study several phenomena including distribution of micro- and nanoplastics in the water column, how micro- and nanoplastics interact with organisms and how plastic might fit in to the water cycle.

SUEZ provides its solutions for protecting the oceans

80% of plastic waste in the ocean comes from human activity on land. So the battle against marine pollution must be fought on land. SUEZ develops practical solutions applied in water and waste cycles to reduce ocean pollution by retaining sources of pollution upstream from coastlines and river basins (particularly through wastewater treatment and waste collection and recovery solutions).

Through its support for the 7th Continent expedition, SUEZ aims to help improve the state of scientific knowledge relating to plastic pollution of the ocean, and therefore to step up the fight against marine pollution.

Find out more about SUEZ's commitment to protect the oceans