In the Czech Republic, SUEZ has acquired APBB, a company specialized in waste recovery into biogas
With 20 employees, APBB is one of the country's top anaerobic digestion plants. The company contributes to the circular economy by recovering 25,000 tons of waste a year. The plant produces an average of 8 GWh a year, equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of a town of 3,000 inhabitants, avoiding the equivalent of more than 4,000 tons of CO2. Furthermore, the digestate, the residue from methanization, is also used as a fertilizer for agriculture.
In line with the ecological transformation of the Czech Republic whose energy mix includes a large proportion of coal and oil, the methanization of organic waste and biowaste has a great potential, bringing green energy production and a reduction in fossil fuel consumption. Czech national regulations require municipalities to collect biowaste separately and to reduce the volume of biowaste going to landfill ("Waste Act" in force since January 2021).
This acquisition opens up new growth prospects for SUEZ in the Czech Republic, where the Group has been operating for over 30 years. SUEZ is present in the Czech water market through four dedicated companies: Brno Waterworks and Sewerage Company, located in and around Brno; Ostrava Waterworks and Sewerage Company, located in Ostrava; Karlovy Vary Waterworks and Sewerage Company, and VHS Benešov a.s. These four companies supply drinking water and collect and treat wastewater for one million people in the Czech Republic. They have nearly 1,700 employees and generated sales of around €200 million in 2022. SUEZ has also participated in consortia for the construction of two of the country's major wastewater treatment plants, Brno-Modřice and Prague-Troja.