In Haguenau, chocolate melts thanks to steam produced by waste

The largest Mars Chocolate factory in France, which manufactures M&M’s for the whole of Europe, has turned to SUEZ environnement to supply it with renewable energy as part of Mars’ commitment to neutralise its carbon footprint by 2040. Green steam is supplied via a heat network that connects the factory to the region’s waste-to-energy plant. By recovering this steam, Mars will be able to avoid emitting more than 130,000 tonnes of CO2 over a 15-year period. The project was carried out thanks to the partnership signed between Mars Chocolate France, SUEZ environnement, Cofely Services, a subsidiary of GDF SUEZ, and the SMITOM (the Haguenau-Saverne joint association for household waste treatment). In 2013, sales of green energy amounted to €1,525,000 for the SMITOM: with the Mars facility hooked up, the partners’ revenues are expected to increase substantially during the period of the contract.

High 5, a centre for sorting and recycling glass

The High 5 facility for the sorting and recovery of glass in the port of Antwerp, Belgium, specializes in advanced visual sorting technologies for glass recycling. The plant is the result of a partnership with Sibelco, the world’s leading supplier of minerals to the glass industry. It treats 250,000 tonnes of glass a year by separating flows in order to produce four distinct qualities of glass depending on market needs. Moreover, producing cullet from glass recycling preserves natural mineral resources, saves energy and limits the glass industry’s greenhouse gas emissions. This recycling plant illustrates two of the circular economy’s major challenges: the production of secondary raw materials and the mitigation of global warming.


High 5 glass sorting and recovery facility


A local circular economy cycle at the Shanghai Chemical Industrial Park

In 2014, the Shanghai Chemical Industrial Park, China, signed a partnership agreement with SUEZ environnement, whose subsidiary, Sino French Water, already managed the platform’s water and waste. The purpose of the new agreement is to build and operate a new hazardous waste treatment and waste-to-energy plant in the economic and technological development area of Nantong, thereby implementing a new local cycle of circular economy. Each year, the facility will treat a volume of 30,000 tonnes of local hazardous waste and 3,300 tonnes of medical waste. The energy generated from the waste will be used to produce steam as a source of sustainable energy for other sites and companies in the area. The plant will comply with the most stringent international safety and environmental standards.

The waste sector, a player in the energy transition of the United Kingdom

In the context of its energy transition, the United Kingdom is pursuing a proactive policy of switching from the use of landfill sites to the waste-to-energy method for its municipal and industrial waste. The waste-to-energy plant in Teesside, which treats the waste generated by more than 500,000 inhabitants, is one of the prime examples of this transition. A project for a sixth treatment line on the site was launched in 2014. Ultimately this waste-to-energy facility will become one of the largest in the U.K., with a treatment capacity in excess of 800,000 tonnes per year, for an electricity generation of 560 GWh, which corresponds to the supply needs of about 82,000 households and an annual saving of 128,000 tonnes of CO2.



Recycling and recovery of plastics


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Transformer les déchets en ressources

0  bn
tonnes of waste
are produced every year
around the world

The French produce
000 kg
of waste per person per year,
twice as much as 40 years ago

The production of plastic
has grown
000-fold in 50 years

commitment 2 : help our clients to optimise the management and recovery of their waste

In view of the growing scarcity of raw materials, waste seems more than ever to be the resource of the future. Thanks to its local foothold and the implementation of materials and energy cycles for its customers (local authorities and industrial operators), SUEZ environnement is establishing itself as a leading player in the circular economy.

2016 targets

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By 2016, to achieve a ratio in Europe of 2 metric tonnes of waste allocated for recovery for every 1 metric tonne of waste disposed.


Develop production and marketing streams for solid substitution fuels.

RESULTS 2014

Ratio of waste allocated for recovery/waste allocated for landfills(1)


(1) – Perimeter: Waste Europe (excluding Poland and Czech republic)

Solid recovered fuel
(in millions of tonnes)

OUR COMMITMENTS IN ACTIONS

  • In Haguenau, chocolate melts thanks to steam produced by waste

    The largest Mars Chocolate factory in France, which manufactures M&M’s for the whole of Europe, has turned to SUEZ environnement to supply it with renewable energy as part of...

  • High 5, a centre for sorting and recycling glass

    The High 5 facility for the sorting and recovery of glass in the port of Antwerp, Belgium, specializes in advanced visual sorting technologies for glass recycling...

  • A local circular economy cycle at the Shanghai Chemical Industrial Park

    In 2014, the Shanghai Chemical Industrial Park, China, signed a partnership agreement with SUEZ environnement, whose subsidiary, Sino French Water,...

  • The waste sector, a player in the energy transition of the United Kingdom

    In the context of its energy transition, the United Kingdom is pursuing a proactive policy of switching from the use of landfill sites to the waste-to-energy method for...

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Recycling and recovery of plastics