Public-private water partnerships
SUEZ provides local authorities with several types of public-private partnerships, from water management to skills transfer, in order to combine quality of service with environmental performance.
Providing a tailored response
The Group is engaged in a dynamic of change designed to transform water management models:
- Reinforce local authorities’ management of contracts and promote the right to information in society
- Protect water resources
- Be a pioneer in water innovation
SUEZ offers several types of partnerships that can evolve to adapt to local customer needs. These include:
- outsourcing management agreements in the form of concessions or leasing;
- infrastructure contracts, in which the company finances, builds and operates new facilities on behalf of local authorities;
- support for service management in which the company supports government customers in highly targeted missions (management agreements, technical assistance).
Innovating contractually to provide water for the people
SUEZ has created a new approach, the participative public-private partnership (4P), to meet the needs of people with little access to water and for whom traditional solutions are inadequate. This is to provide a guarantee of service access with an appropriate pricing policy. The 4P model aims to incorporate a process of consultation with local participants from the tender phase onward.
The 4P approach is based on the following principles:
- The local authority makes its request as manager of the public service and in consultation with the local population.
- International institutions, such as development banks, are responsible for the portion of the financing that the local authorities and end customers cannot bear. They therefore also assume the related risks.
- The pricing structure takes into account consumers’ actual ability to pay and the need for the operator to have sufficient revenue to maintain the infrastructures.
- The Group promises to transfer its skills at prices adapted to every situation.
The model is scalable and focuses on improving service in three key areas: shared diagnostics, infrastructure development and operating tools, long-term sustainability and greater autonomy of the service.