The “SUEZ 2030” strategic plan aims to position the Group relative to the opportunities and the challenges of the coming decade, and to speed up its contribution.
We interact with a fast-changing world that demands concrete action to shape a sustainable environment together, now.
In particular, we foresee the development of the circular economy, the emergence of new models, an increase in regulations and rising awareness amongst citizens of the climate crisis and the deterioration of the environment.
To develop SUEZ 2030, we identified and analysed 75 worldwide trends that may impact our markets by 2030, including five trends that will shape the future of our businesses:
Growing concern for the health and well-being of consumers in developed countries, particularly the "Millennials"
In 2018, more than 1.6 million employees worldwide participated in health and well-being programs. This concern is particularly acute among Millennials, people born in the 1980s and early 1990s, at the same time as the emergence of digital technology.
In many developed countries, the rise of social, ecological and ethical concerns within this generation is leading to new consumption patterns and behaviors, more responsible and demanding with regard to well-being and health issues (~90% of consumers are willing to pay a premium for healthier food products according to Nielsen's Global Health & Wellness study published in 2015).
Increased needs for environmental added value services from industries
Companies are increasingly paying attention to environmental sustainability and ethical sourcing requirements as a lever to mitigate risk and increase brand perception. Customers value more and more sustainability, transparency and social responsibility, which directly influence brand value and reputation (~70% of global customers are willing to pay premiums for sustainable goods).
As a result, environmental and social responsibility is an increasingly important preoccupation of management and can lead to increased monitoring reporting and compliance costs (as of 2017, 43% percent of Fortune 500 companies have set renewable or sustainable energy targets).
Improved environmental and safety regulations globally
Driven by public pressure, governments and regulators around the world are concerned about the well-being of their population and the state of the planet. They have consistently issued and increased regulations to secure and improve living conditions for future generations (e.g., EU is increasing energy efficiency requirements in market by requiring new buildings to be zero-energy by 2020).
Urbanization in emerging markets, the main growth driver (especially medium-sized cities)
By 2030, 50% of the world's megacities will be located in emerging countries. This urbanization is based, in particular, on the emergence of the middle class and poses a challenge in terms of infrastructure and the environment.
In these same parts of the world, medium-sized cities are also experiencing sustained growth. As a necessary step towards a higher stage of development, investment in infrastructure, urbanization and related services will therefore have to be extensive.
Emergence of the analysis of big data and connected devices sources of information allowing better insight into business opportunities
In 2019, the number of connected devices in the world amounts to more than 26 billion; there will be more than 30 billion next year. All these devices generate a huge amount of information and data, especially customer-related information.
In our markets, their analysis is key to refining our decisions, offering innovative services and discovering new opportunities that will stimulate our growth.
Our strategy aims to offer unprecedented and effective solutions that will help our customers to become more competitive and, more globally, to make the difference.
SUEZ intends to stand out as the first choice of its customers in industry and local government, and of citizens, to address the greatest challenges facing the planet, together: the climate crisis, the protection and restoration of our natural assets, health and quality of life.
We intend to offer our customers a portfolio of high added-value solutions that are 100% sustainable and that will make the difference, thanks to their positive impact on health, quality of life, the environment and the climate.
Health and quality of life: access to water and the treatment of wastewater, water quality, the treatment of micropollutants, waste management and smart cities.
A positive impact on the climate: strengthening resilience in response to the climate crisis (flood prevention, forecasting systems), recycled and green products, green energy and chemicals, ecological landfill sites, capturing greenhouse gases.
Zero waste: innovative collection programmes for smart cities, ecodesign and environmentally-friendly materials for industry, reuse, zero uncharged water (or the repair of water leaks in the mains networks).
100% circular: “100% reuse” factories, priority flows of bio-solids, biowaste, foodstuff and plastics, the promotion of innovative recycling.
Total traceability of impacts: smart solutions for sustainable water quality in favour of health and the environment, traceability services, ecological accreditations and certifications, monitoring of air and water quality.
For our customers, this new value proposition aims to::
Thanks to its strengths (technology, know-how, talented people and an excellent reputation), our Group will grow more selectively, with simplified operational processes and the renewed commitment of its teams, founded on their passion for the environment.
“Shaping SUEZ 2030” is built on three strategic pillars that will fuel the creation of value for all our stakeholders, as of 2021.
By targeting selective growth, we intend to build on our strong capacity to innovate in Europe and, in all our segments of activity, to speed up our development in the fields where we have identified the most promising opportunities:
We are going to build a decentralised and agile SUEZ that is close to its customers.
This new organisation will consist of:
The success of SUEZ 2030 depends on harnessing the energy and the expertise of our employees, in order to meet the needs of our customers and our partners.
The combination of our new values - a passion for the environment, care for our customers, respect and team spirit - and a culture that embraces our conquering spirit, will support the major transformations that our strategic plan intends to bring about.
In order to offer the highest standards of expertise to our customers, our Human Resources policy will strive to further promote the talent, leadership and skills of our employees throughout the entire Group.
We will also set up Centres of Excellence on emerging markets, offering the differentiating capacities required to address our customers’ specific issues.
“Shaping SUEZ 2030” will be deployed in SUEZ’s three business segments worldwide: “Water”, which includes all of SUEZ’s worldwide “municipal water” activities; “Recycling and Recovery”, which covers all the non-hazardous waste treatment activities for local authorities, industry and business; “Environmental Tech & Solutions”, which includes Water Technologies & Solutions, hazardous waste and specific environmental solutions for industrial customers and local authorities.
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