Fighting climate change

Through its main activities, SUEZ works to preserve the environment and innovates to protect the climate.
Challenges

Taking action for the climate

The SUEZ climate solutions aim to continue the efforts already made to reduce the Group’s carbon footprint, adapt to the effects of climate change on water, promote the recycling, recovery and reuse of materials and establish economic models that are beneficial for the climate.

What is climate disruption?

Climate disruption results from rising temperatures in most of the Earth’s oceans and the atmosphere. Water is already the sector most affected:
  • 40% of the world’s population will live in water-stressed areas by 2035 (source: UN).
  • 40% reduction in water reserves compared with current levels by 2030 (source: World Bank).
Mitigation

SUEZ is committed to limiting its carbon footprint

SUEZ is committed to limiting its carbon footprint in all the countries where the Group operates, by reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Equipping all storage sites with biogas recovery systems, reinforcing the clean vehicles policy and increasing the energy efficiency of all activities will contribute to meeting this commitment.

SUEZ is also committed to helping its industrial and local authority customers to avoid GHG emissions
by providing dedicated circular economy solutions (material and energy recovery) while doubling plastic recovery, a major economic and environmental challenge.
Adaptation

Adapting to the consequences of climate disruption for water

By 2035, 40% of the world’s population will live in regions suffering from water stress if no action is taken to secure essential water resources. SUEZ is committed to saving water by managing leaks and consumption more effectively, and to maximising the supply by increasing the available volumes of alternative water (reuse of wastewater, desalination).

SUEZ provides industry with solutions to limit its water footprint
and is working to raise awareness of the consequences of climate disruption for water through the Business Alliance for Water and the Climate. Prevention is as important as adaptation. The Group develops predictive tools to prevent the risk of flooding for local authorities, irrespective of their size.
Recovery

Promoting material recycling, recovery and reuse

The circular economy disconnects growth from the consumption of natural resources, while cutting GHG emissions at the same time. The Group is renewing its target to increase the proportion of waste transformed into secondary raw materials and extending it worldwide.
Co-construction

Implementing climate-responsible models

The fight against climate disruption and the large-scale deployment of the circular economy both demand the creation of a new economic model structured to take environmental and social externalities into account.

SUEZ is working to develop this new economic model by adopting an internal carbon price
, systematically proposing to pay operators on the basis of global performance, participating in efforts to develop material circularity indicators that will make the measurement of the new model’s impacts more robust and encouraging a revolution in attitudes through the implementation of a genuine circular economy culture.