SUEZ works a lot with local authorities and industrials in their sustainable development efforts.
The Group benefits from expertise in odour measurement and dispersion modelling and is developing suitable remedial methods. SUEZ has a laboratory in olfactometry enabling odours to be analysed and operations personnel as well as local residents to be trained. In the event of a crisis, the corrective measures to be implemented are decided along with local residents.
The Axelera competitiveness cluster, comprised of the innovation platform Axel’One, amongst others, initiated the Rhodanos R&D project with the CIRSEE. When the project ended in 2011, the results were used to establish processes and innovative products to manage the environmental impacts of industrial and urban liquid discharges. Rhodanos has enabled those in the water business to make practical technological progress in managing the entire water cycle in order to meet the requirements of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). Most of the techniques developed are expected to be implemented in industry thereby strengthening SUEZ’s legitimacy as an actor in environmental conservation.
As part of the Group’s sustainability roadmap, SUEZ commits to improve the environmental footprint of its activities. Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is an essential and relevant tool to accompany this engagement, allowing to develop innovative technologies to better manage the Group’s business and facilities, which are part of given territories. In this respect, SUEZ participated in the creation of the industrial Chair ELSA-PACT, which was introduced in Montpellier on March 25th, 2014. The objective of the Chair is to develop scientifically sound methods and tools in order to evaluate environmental and social impacts of human activities, especially the activities of natural resource management, such as agriculture / food, water and waste..
 By 2015 all hydrographical basins must have a management plan to achieve a good chemical and ecological state of surface waters.