Fighting climate change
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.
Protect the climate
Adapt to the effects of climate change on water
By 2035, 40% of the world's population will live in water-stressed regions, including countries and cities in Asia. 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
In Asia, we contribute to these objectives through our Sustainable Development Targets for 2021. As of 2019, we have saved the equivalent of water consumption of more than 640,000 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
In Asia, we have produced over 360,000 tonnes of secondary raw materials for reuse in 2019. These include managing sorting, crushing and sifting construction and demolition waste for integrated use in Changshu, Mainland China, as well as operating a glass crushing facility where the recycled glass sand is an input in roads in Macau.
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.)