SUEZ is aiming to step up its role in protecting the environment and restoring our natural assets by taking action for the protection and rehabilitation of terrestrial, aquatic and marine biodiversity. To do this, the Group is accelerating its development of “100% sustainable” solutions characterised by their positive impact on the environment, i.e. on air, water and soil.
In France, SUEZ is a stakeholder in the Entreprises Engagées pour la Nature / Act4Nature France initiative led by the Office Français de la Biodiversité (French biodiversity agency). In so doing, the Group is renewing the commitment it has made to the National Strategy for Biodiversity since 2014. Abroad, the Group is also involved in the Act4Nature International initiative led by EpE (Entreprises pour l’Environnement), in conjunction with the Business for Nature coalition run by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
In 2019, SUEZ also joined “Alliance to End Plastic Waste”, an international association which brings together a number of industry players with the common goal of “zero plastic waste in our oceans”.
The park, which was inspired by Mediterranean wetlands, reduces the impact on flooding and provides a wild area for fauna and flora. Consequently, numbers of local birds and flora are increasing, with currently over 90 bird species including protected species like the kingfisher. Guided tours and scientific bird-tagging sessions are held at the park.
“La Marjal” park received several awards in 2018:
SUEZ partners with The Nature Conservancy to help rebuild the reefs using oyster shells collected from seafood restaurants. The aim of the project: less waste, a restored habitat for native species and economic advantages for the marine industry.
Oysters are an integral part of marine ecosystems, improving biodiversity by improving water quality. The Port Phillip Bay project involved collecting used oyster shells from local restaurants and wholesalers. After collection, the shells were dried to eliminate pathogens, mixed with limestone rubble and placed on the seabed where young oysters were then able to gather. Since the start of the project, 1.5 hectares of shell reefs have been restored and 60 tonnes of shells have been recycled.