Accelerating the implementation of biodiversity solutions
100% sustainable solutions
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.
Solutions we already offer local authorities and industry:
- Monitoring and environmental assessment tools
- Ecological rehabilitation plans for sites
- Based on Nature solutions, such as vegetated discharge areas
- Action plans to tackle invasive plant species.
A positive impact on the Earth’s natural assets, one of the cornerstones of the Group’s value proposition
- Optimised management and use of water resources
- Rehabilitation of the Earth’s natural habitats through remediation
- Promoting biodiversity
- Alternative means of water production
- Smart agriculture
Taking part in collective international initiatives
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”.
Action plans implemented at priority sites
"La Marjal" urban park prevents flooding in Alicante (Spain)
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:
- Alicante won the “Sustainable City” award in the complete water cycle category for the “Sustainable management of La Marjal floodable urban park”.
- The park was chosen by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as an example of a city’s good governance to solve problems relating to water and climate change.
Rebuilding and restoring reefs using oyster shells in Port Phillip Bay (Australia)
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.
Restoring marine habitats in Marseille harbour (France)
Creation of a wetland at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (China)
Enhanced biodiversity through Chongqing Sponge City (China)
Chongqing has a sensitive and fragile ecosystem due to its unique topography. This creates flooding risk to its complex landscape and also risks to its natural ecosystem if rainwater and wastewater discharge are not properly controlled.
“Sponge city” helps improve the urban resilience to flooding risks, and also enhanced the natural ecology through the components of the sponge city. Through this, the urban population against flooding risks and the natural environment against pollution are protected.