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Preserving biodiversity

Pollution from human activities and changes in ecosystems are contributing to the reduction in biodiversity around the world. As a responsible company, we’ve committed to preserve biodiversity with a concrete action plan.
Our commitments

SUEZ is taking action to protect biodiversity

For SUEZ, biodiversity is:

  • A natural capital that belongs upstream in the Group’s value chain;
  • A resource that is affected by the facilities we manage (networks, factories, waste storage centres etc.);
  • A resource that is preserved by our contribution to protecting natural capital (biodiversity reservoirs, ecological corridors, wastewater treatment, artificial wetlands etc.).

Preserving and protecting biodiversity is part of the commitments SUEZ has made in both:

  • The Group’s 2017-2021 Sustainable Development Road Map, the progress of which is made public every year, and
  • Our commitment to France’s National Strategy for Biodiversity (2011-2020).


SUEZ protects biodiversity through supporting its customers and within its organization.

In France, our commitment centers around three objectives in line with the National strategy for Biodiversity.

Our actions

Integrating biodiversity into the management of our facilities

Since 2010, we’ve worked with the French NGO France Nature Environnement to develop joint initiatives related to water resource protection and biodiversity conservation at the sites operated by us. SUEZ has also formed partnerships with Guadeloupe National Park, the League for the Protection of Birds (France) and the National Museum of Natural History (France) to promote biodiversity at the waste treatment plants that we manage.

We also help financing projects to promote biodiversity

In 1997, SUEZ created a fund to support the environmental and social initiatives of communities in the vicinity of the Group’s sites in the United Kingdom. Since 2005, this fund has conducted a program dedicated entirely to financing projects to advance biodiversity. This program has supported 3,750 environmental and community projects since its creation for a total of more than €140 million.

Taking action supporting biodiversity

Together with the state of New York, we’ve developed a "Biodiversity and Wildlife Policy". This policy has led to the implementation of 86 action plans aimed at protecting and restoring biodiversity in and around our water treatment sites in this region of the world.

A better understanding of biodiversity issues

SUEZ has partnered with the Natural Heritage Department (NHD) of the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN) in Paris since 2008. The goal is to understand the challenges related to biodiversity conservation and better incorporate them into the Group’s facilities management practices. The MNHN, which is both a research organization, a center of expertize and a data manager, mobilizes numerous national experts.

Protecting biodiversity in mangroves and wetlands

In 2017, the department of health of Panama awarded SUEZ “The Panama Bay & City Clean-up Plan”.

One of its objectives is to protect wetlands recognized for their crucial role in preserving biodiversity and regulating the climate. Primitive mangrove forests in the zone also prevent damage from erosion, storms, and hurricanes.

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