In March 2018, SUEZ NWS entered into a Commonweal Cooperative Agreement (the “Agreement”) with the Solid Waste and Chemicals Management Center, which is under China's Ministry of Ecological Environment (MEE). This initiative, which builds on a pre-existing partnership since 2014, aims to provide a full suite of operational and managerial expertise for government officials managing hazardous waste disposal facilities and share SUEZ’s best practices globally to inform China’s efforts to clean up and beautify the ecological environment.
Under the Agreement, SUEZ NWS will use the infrastructure of its hazardous waste incineration plants in China as the seminar platform, fully leverage its experience and know-how in the field of hazardous waste disposal and engage the right professionals in thoughtful discussion. In addition, the parties will organize technology information exchange meeting to compare notes on the technology and management of hazardous waste disposal facilities and to discuss improvements and new cooperation projects.
Steve Clark, CEO of SUEZ Asia, said, “We are very honored to work further with the Ministry of Ecological Environment. We saw the strong determination of the government to improve the ecological environment. Improved environmental governance and the tightening of regulation and enforcement gave our Group renewed confidence in China in our future. I hope through this joint program, we could take SUEZ’s proven solutions on hazardous waste and our best practices from around the world to China to assist the Chinese government in addressing the current environmental challenges and meet its people’s evergrowing needs for a beautiful eco-environment.”
SUEZ Group, the stakeholder of SUEZ NWS, is one of the world’s largest environmental firms with strong expertise in water and waste. It currently manages more than 60 waste-to-energy projects around the world. Its solid waste portfolio spans across the entire Greater China region. In Hong Kong, it is by far the largest solid waste manager with 16 projects under management. The first Organic Waste Treatment Facility (OWTF) under construction in Hong Kong will launch this year, capable of treating 73,000 tons of commercial and industrial food waste every year. On the mainland, SUEZ NWS owns Asia’s largest hazardous waste incinerator at Shanghai Chemical Industry Park. Its third hazardous waste disposal line with a total investment of RMB 350 million started operation in March 2017 with an annual treatment capacity of 120,000 tons. Both the air emission and energy recovery systems align with the principles of the circular economy, reducing pollutants and saving energy. In the Nantong Economic and Technological Development Area, the hazardous waste incinerator installed by SUEZ NWS treats 30,000 tons of hazardous waste and 3,300 tons of medical waste. The three waste-to-energy projects in Qidong, Changzhou and Taixing in Jiangsu province will also start operation this year. Antoine Grange, CEO of Recycling and Recovery of SUEZ Asia, and Liu Guozheng, Director of Solid Waste and Chemicals Management Center of the Ministry of Ecological Environment in China sign the Commonweal Cooperative Agreement on Hazardous Waste Disposal Facility Management in March 2018.