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Fighting climate change

In response to the challenge of climate change, one of the four priorities in the SUEZ roadmap for sustainable development consists of taking action for the climate and shaping a resource-rich future. How? By developing new growth models that consume fewer resources and emit less CO2.
Our commitments

Ambitious new commitments to be in line with the IPCC 1.5°C trajectory

There is an urgent need to step up the mobilization against climate change. That is why, in September 2019, SUEZ strengthened its commitments to comply with the 1.5°C trajectory recommended by the IPCC.

Our commitments

  • Reduce CO2 emissions by 45% by 2030
  • Save our industrial and city authority customers 20 million tonnes of CO2 per year in 2030
  • Propose 100% sustainable solutions to our customers by 2030, i.e. solutions with a positive environmental footprint in terms of CO2, water and biodiversity.
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SUEZ strengthens its climate commitments to be aligned with IPCC 1.5°C trajectory

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Our solutions

Protect the climate

SUEZ solutions aim to further the efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of the Group and its clients, adapt to the consequences of climate change on water, promote material recycling, recovery and reuse, and develop climate-responsible models

Adapt to the effects of climate change on water

By 2035, 40% of the world's population will live in water-stressed regions. This is one of the main consequences of climate change. Without water, there can be no development, food, agriculture or health. SUEZ is committed to saving water through the improved control of leaks and consumption, and to maximizing the offer by increasing the available volumes of alternative water (re-use of wastewater, desalination).
SUEZ provides industry with solutions to limit its water footprint
and is working to raise awareness of the consequences of climate change on water through the Business Alliance for Water and the Climate. Preventing is as important as adapting. SUEZ develops predictive tools to prevent the risk of flooding for local authorities, irrespective of their size.

  • Systematically offer to our customer plans of resilience to the effects of climate change
  • Promote the different usages of water by multiplying by 3 our alternative water production capacity by 2030
  • Save the equivalent of the water consumption of a city of more than 2 million inhabitants

Promote material recycling, recovery and reuse

Every one of SUEZ’s employees is working to shape a sustainable environment. Shifting the Group’s activities towards the circular economy is the most effective means of achieving this end.
The circular economy disconnects growth from the consumption of natural resources while also reducing GHG emissions. The Group is renewing its goal to increase the proportion of waste turned into secondary raw materials and is making this goal worldwide in scope.

  • Increase the production of secondary raw materials by 20%
  • Achieve a ratio of 2 tonnes of waste for reuse, for every tonne of waste that is disposed of

Building climate-responsible models

The fight against climate change and the large-scale deployment of the circular economy both demand the creation of a new economic model structured to take external environmental and social impacts into consideration.
SUEZ is working to develop this model by adopting an internal carbon price,
by systematically proposing a remuneration of operators indexed to global performance, by participating in efforts to develop material circularity indicators that will make the measurement of the impacts of the new model more robust.

  • Introduce a directive carbon price in 60% of the annual expenditure committed to new projects
  • Introduce a harmonised global circularity indicator for goods and services
  • Systematically offer pay packages partially index-linked to our global performance
  • Raise employee awareness and promote training in emerging models (carbon accounting, new business models, etc.)

Discover our mini-series #SUEZ4CLIMATE

The mini-series # SUEZ4CLIMATE presents 4 concrete answers in the fight against climate change. Part 1 takes you to La Farfana, a wastewater treatment plant in Santiago de Chile, which has become the world's leading biofactory. Part 2 to QCP Quality Circular Polymers. Located in the Netherlands, it's a factory that gives a second life to plastic. And part 3 to a waste-to-energy plant in Poznan, Poland.
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