Profile

As an industrial services and solutions company specializing in securing and recovering resources, SUEZ provides its customers (local authorities, industry and consumers) with concrete solutions to address new resource management challenges. Waste-based secondary materials, energy and water are essential for the vitality of human activities. - We ensure waste collection and disposal and promote waste recovery to generate renewable waste based energy and secondary raw materials. - We provide expert water optimization services in water networks, engineering, equipment, operation and maintenance. We pioneer advanced solutions through waste water recycling and seawater desalination. - We offer innovative solutions in consulting for the sustainable urban development.

Ambitions

The Shift helps members to make use of the global framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to map their societal ambitions.

6. Clean water and sanitation

By 2035, 40% of the world’s population will live in regions suffering from water stress. This is one of the consequences of climate change. But water rhymes with development, food, agriculture and health. SUEZ believes that water should be dealt with on an equal footing with energy, which is the reason why SUEZ is also making commitments to water.

9. Innovation and infrastructure

Innovation is one of SUEZ' key strategic elements. It is fully in line with our businesses meeting current and future challenges faced by the planet. We live in a world where raw materials are becoming increasingly scare and more expensive. By 2050 80% of the population will live in towns. We must develop innovative and efficient solutions for our clients on a daily basis. They expect sound, expert advice from us in the different areas of water and waste activities.

11. Sustainable cities and communities

The increasing scarcity of natural resources is a challenge that motivates us and will engage future generations. SUEZ was part of the major social revolution: public health in the 19th century and modern urban services in the 20th century. Today, we want to help meet the challenges of this resource revolution.

13. Climate action

For SUEZ, the fight against climate disruption is a top priority. It is the very essence of our work. In 2008, the Group had already set itself targets to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and to preserve water resources. Today, SUEZ continues to develop initiatives as a non-State actor. For instance the group set up the Business Alliance For Water, which brings together 25 companies to discuss the water issue, a topic judged to be as important as carbon. Today, SUEZ is making 12 new commitments for climate. These commitments aim to: continue the efforts to reduce the Group’s carbon footprint; promote the circular economy model that structurally reduces greenhouse gas emissions and protects natural resources; adapt to the consequences of global warming on water.

17. Partnerships for the goals

As a partner of Surfrider Foundation Europe, SUEZ supports the Oceans Initiatives. Every year, the Oceans Initiatives bring together thousands of people throughout the world. These operations to collect litter on beaches, as well as inland on the banks of rivers and lakes, are primarily intended to raise awareness among the general public about the problem of marine waste. Since 80% of waste is of human origin, the aim is to show that a seemingly harmless gesture can affect the marine environment, even in the case of city dwellers. Nearly 6.5 billion kilograms of plastic waste is dumped into the ocean every year. Though this waste comes from many sources, it has one thing in common: man. The way we consume and produce is today at the root of coastal and ocean pollution, so it is up to us to act.