The 12 new commitments made by SUEZ aim to continue efforts to reduce the Group's carbon footprint, promote the circular economy model so as to structurally reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect resources, and adapt to the effects of global warming on water.
Climate change results from an increase in the temperatures of most of the earth's oceans and atmosphere. Water is the most impacted area:
SUEZ has signed up to achieve the 2-degree target. The Group is committed to limiting the carbon footprint of its activities in all the countries where it operates. Fitting out all storage sites with biogas recovery systems, a reinforced clean vehicles policy and the improvement of the energy performance of the activities will all help to achieve these targets.
SUEZ is also committed to helping its customers in industry and local government to avoid GHG emissions thanks to dedicated circular economy solutions (waste-to-material and waste-to-energy) and by doubling the recovery of plastics, which is a major economic and environmental challenge.
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 importing as adapting. SUEZ develops predictive tools to prevent the risk of flooding for local authorities, irrespective of their size.
Every one of SUEZ’s employees is working for the Resource Revolution. 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.
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.