resources in the 21st century
a higher purpose

are you ready
to widen your views on resources?

resources are about equality for all

Providing access to clean water and sanitation to all
is the very first step towards equal living conditions for everyone on this planet.

7 billion people with equal opportunity to lead their lives
that’s what resources are for

Key facts
  • 1 person in 10

    Almost 700 million people globally (or 1 person in every 10) do not have access to improved drinking water (a drinking water source protected from outside contamination)

    (« Progress on sanitation and drinking water 2015 » - WHO)

  • 1 person in 3

    2.4 billion people (1 person in every 3) do not have access to improved sanitation facilities (hygiene facilities that avoid all contact between man and human excreta)

    (« Progress on sanitation and drinking water 2015 » - WHO)

  • By 2030... universal and equitable access to drinking water and sanitation must be achieved

    in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015.


resources are about better health

The water we drink, the air we breathe,
the environment we live in,
they define our health.

Growing life expectancy in the 21st century,
that's what resources are for.

Key data

+ 5 years

Global life expectancy increased by five years between 2000 and 2015,
but major inequalities persist between countries.

(WHO World Health Statistics 2016 – “Monitoring health for the SDGs”)

  • ¼ of deaths are due to “environmental” factors

    Air, water and soil pollution, exposure to chemical substances, climate change… Today, these are all growing risks for global health.

    (“Preventing disease through healthy environments: a global assessment of the burden of disease from environmental risks” 2016 study - WHO)

  • 5,000 billion dollars

    The annual cost of air pollution worldwide, and premature deaths caused by this pollution.

    (“The Cost of Air Pollution: Strengthening the economic case for action » 2016 study – World Bank)

From the social hygiene movement of the 19th century,
and the rise of urban comfort in the 20th century (construction of public utility water networks
and the first waste collection systems), to our current fight against all forms of pollution (water, soil, air etc.),
smart and sustainable management of resources is a vital factor in improving health.

resources are the food we eat

Behind every fruit, every meat, every drink,
lies a huge amount of natural resources

Securing the quantity and quality of food for billions of people,
that’s what resources are for

Key data
  • Today 70% of fresh water withdrawn worldwide is used for agriculture.

    This is a much higher proportion than the volume of water used for human consumption (10%) or even industrial production (20%).


  • 4,650 litres of water to produce a steak

    The quantity of water necessary to produce a 300g beef steak is 4,650 litres, or the equivalent of about 30 bathtubs.

    (Water Footprint Network)

10 billion human beings in 2050

Exponential since the beginning of the 20th century,
global population growth will continue throughout the 21st century.
7.3 billion today, almost 10 billion in 2050.

(« World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision » report – UN)

With demographic growth as it is, the world has a huge challenge to face in coming years:
to double food production by 2050, at a time when natural resources are becoming scarcer.

(« How to feed the world in 2050 » forum - FAO)

resources are about businesses made sustainable

Industries and services, they grow through resources too.
Helping entrepreneurs and businesses grow their activities with recycled resources,
using less resources and no impact on the environment...

Combining economic performance and sustainable development,
that’s what resources are for

Key data
  • + 0.85°C

    The average increase in temperature between 1880 and 2012 according to the IPCC, proving the impact of industrial development and human activity on the climate. At COP21, 195 countries committed to limiting global warming to 2°C above pre-industrial temperatures by 2100.

    (“Climate change 2014” report - IPCC)

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
    by 40 to 70% by 2050

    Due to demographic and economic growth, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have been rising for decades, playing their part in climate change.
    To limit global warming to 2°C by 2100, the IPCC has estimated that we must reduce global emissions of GHG by 40 to 70% by 2050 (compared with 2010 levels).

    (“Climate change 2014” report - IPCC)

“The circular economy aims to change the paradigm of a so-called linear economy,
by limiting resource waste and environmental impacts,
and by improving efficiency at all stages of the product lifecycle.”

(ADEME - French Environment and Energy Management Agency)

resources are about things

A pen, a smartphone, a house, a plane,
all things produced on earth are made out of resources.

Recycling every object that has been used to provide secondary raw materials
that’s what resources are for

Key data
  • The quantity of raw materials extracted from the planet has tripled in 40 years

    The volume of raw materials extracted has risen from 22 billion tonnes in 1970 to 70 billion tonnes in 2010.

    (“Global material flows and resource productivity 2016” report - UNEP)

  • 7 months and 8 days

    In 2016, man consumed all the resources that the planet can renew in a year in just 7 months and 8 days. “Earth Overshoot Day”, calculated every year by the Global Footprint Network, was on 8 August 2016. The date falls earlier and earlier every year; in 2000 it was on 1 October.

    (Global Footprint Network)

  • 5 plastic bottles
    = 1 t-shirt

    The material produced by recycling 5 water bottles made from PET can make one tee-shirt.

    (Bureau of International Recycling)

  • 40 %

    Today recycled materials meet 40% of global raw material demand. By using recycled materials, we not only reduce the strain on natural resources but also consume less energy in production than for virgin resources.

    (Bureau of International Recycling)

resources are about our environment

People live in big cities, people live in rural areas
they sometimes go to the sea, keeping every place clean, ensuring biodiversity.

Designing resourceful cities and hospitable habitats,
that's what resources are for

Key data
  • Soon there will be 41 cities with over 10 million inhabitants

    By 2030 the world is projected to have 41 mega-cities with over 10 million inhabitants. The combined effect of urbanisation and demographic growth will lead to an increase of 2.5 billion people living in cities by 2050.

    (“World Urbanization Prospects 2014” report - United Nations)

  • 60 %

    60% of the world’s population lives less than 100 kilometres from the coastline, and coastal areas are seeing strong demographic growth.

    (World Resources Institute<)

  • 269,000 tonnes of plastic waste floating on the ocean’s surface

    Oceans represent 71% of the planet’s surface. They are vital resources and reservoirs of biodiversity, but they are also on the receiving end of land pollution. Experts estimate that 269,000 tonnes of plastic waste, or 5,000 billion particles of all sizes, are floating on the ocean’s surface.

    (« Plastic Pollution in the World's Oceans » article – December 2014 - PLOS ONE)

« Façonner, ensemble, des environnements favorisant bien-être, qualité de vie, épanouissement et santé » -
Jean-Louis Chaussade, Directeur général de SUEZ

(“Health and wellness are what make cities attractive” article – June 2016 - open_resource by SUEZ)


We imagine new models,
new technologies,
new solutions,
to secure a resourceful future for all.

We engage in the resource revolution
to reinvent the way we manage resources in the new circular economy.

Will you get on board with us?