Synergies for rolling out climate solutions on a large scale

SUEZ environnement contributed to the creation of Solutions COP21, a grouping of companies, NGOs and local authorities focusing on the shared goal of mobilising civil society, particularly the general public, ahead of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. To educate the public about the solutions available for combating climate disruption, the partners will organise a major exhibition in December, during the COP21, at the Grand Palais in Paris. On this occasion, the Group will present its solutions in a space it will share with the members of Vivapolis, another multi-player initiative in which SUEZ environnement is involved. Vivapolis has set itself the aim of promoting France’s integrated sustainable urban planning offering on an international scale.





SUEZ environnement’s responsible commitment in climate policy

In the course of 2014, SUEZ environnement was deeply involved in international decision-making bodies in charge of combating climate change. The Group’s Chief Executive Officer took part in the Climate Summit organised by the UN Secretary General on September 23, 2014 in New York. He spoke publicly to defend carbon pricing in several French newspapers and gave his support to the World Bank’s Put a Price on Carbon Statement. Since June 2014, the Group has been a member of Caring for Climate, an organisation consisting of companies that are UN Global Compact signatories. In March 2015, SUEZ environnement became a member of the World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition.

Robin: producing green steam from non-recyclable wood

In November 2014, SUEZ environnement inaugurated the Robin green steam production plant as part of a contract with the Economic Interest Group Osiris, whose members are the companies operating on the Les Roches-Roussillon chemical platform. This is the largest chemical platform in France, with energy consumption equivalent to that of a city of 150,000 inhabitants. Green steam is renewable energy generated from non-recyclable wood waste (residues from forestry, treated wood waste and end-of-life wood of various origins) and 20,000 tonnes of paper recycling refuse, amounting to a total of 60,000 tonnes of biomass per year. Thanks to this local recovery loop, SUEZ environnement offers new outlets for waste which until now was put to little or no use.

Low carbon cities in Asia

In four Asian countries (Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Laos), SUEZ environnement provided technical support to help raise awareness of energy and climate issues among the mayors of several cities. The idea was to show them that low-carbon solutions can be real drivers of growth if they are adapted to local needs and resources, through mechanisms such as facilitating access to energy, creating local jobs, putting local resources to use, and controlling costs. After conducting an energy-carbon analysis of each municipality, SUEZ environnement made recommendations for carrying out projects on a wide variety of themes, including citizenship and local jobs, mobility for all, and improving the quality of water and soil.

The « zone libellule » : The return of treated waters in the natural environment



An internal carbon price

In Bristol, in the United Kingdom, SUEZ environnement is liable to a carbon tax on its energy consumption. The company therefore takes account of the price of carbon in its cost structure, which directs its investments towards less energy-intensive technologies. Taking this further, SUEZ environnement has decided to set an internal or “shadow” carbon price, which will gradually rise over the years as regulations on the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions become increasingly stringent. This mechanism should lead to decarbonising purchases and improving the yields of drinking water networks to a value exceeding that of the economic optimum related to the operation of the network.

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Réconcilier économie et environnement

00 %
of young people
would refuse to work in a city
where air quality is a problem

00 %
of Europeans state that environmental pollution has a direct impact on their daily lives

in 2030,
00 %
of the world’s human beings will live in cities

commitment 3 : improve the environmental footprint of our facilities and services

In view of the climatic emergency, SUEZ environnement is redoubling its efforts in innovation and offers its customers solutions that will serve the regions of tomorrow. SUEZ environnement advocates a new climate-responsible model, remunerated on the basis of environmental performance, financed by investors aware of the stakes for the climate, and capable of giving consumers a genuine price signal.

2016 targets

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Achieve a ratio of two metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions prevented for every one metric tonne emitted by 2016 (Waste Europe perimeter).


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Increase useful energy production (Waste Europe perimeter) by 15% (700 GWh more in comparison to 2011), which equates to the annual energy consumption of over 100,000 Europeans(1).

(1) Energy consumption of around 7 MWh per inhabitant per year in Europe (Eurostat, 2008).


Biodiversity: increase the number of action plans (regulatory and voluntary) implemented in sensitive sites situated in the vicinity of protected areas.


Improve the energy efficiency of water and wastewater treatment plants at equivalent level of service rendered.


Increase the production ratio of energy production/energy consumption for the Water activity (indicator: kWh of energy produced / kWh of energy consumed).

RESULTS 2014

Ratio showing GHG emissions avoided compared with direct and indirect GHG emissions(2)
(tonnes of CO2 equivalent)


(2) – Perimeter: Waste Europe

Useful energy produced(2)
(GWh)


(2) – Perimeter: Waste Europe

Number of action plans implemented at biodiversity-sensitive facilities

OUR COMMITMENTS IN ACTIONS

  • Synergies for rolling out climate solutions on a large scale

    SUEZ environnement contributed to the creation of Solutions COP21, a grouping of companies, NGOs and local authorities focusing on the shared goal of mobilising...

  • SUEZ environnement’s responsible commitment in climate policy

    In the course of 2014, SUEZ environnement was deeply involved in international decision-making bodies in charge of combating climate change. The Group’s Chief Executive...

  • Robin: producing green steam from non-recyclable wood

    In November 2014, SUEZ environnement inaugurated the Robin green steam production plant as part of a contract with the Economic Interest Group Osiris,...

  • Low carbon cities in Asia

    In four Asian countries (Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Laos), SUEZ environnement provided technical support to help raise awareness of energy and climate issues...

  • An internal carbon price

    In Bristol, in the United Kingdom, SUEZ environnement is liable to a carbon tax on its energy consumption. The company therefore takes account of the price of carbon in...

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