Innovation in action

SUEZ leads a Global Competence Center Network
    The strength of an integrated Research and Innovation network

    SUEZ leads a Global Competence Center Network


The network of Global Competence Centers creates value to the SUEZ companies through its Research & Innovation, its technical support and knowledge sharing. A broad range of technical and scientific expertise combined with a global outlook on water and waste activities is put in action to support operational efficiency and to develop new and innovative products and services.


The Group’s main Competence Centers are:

Paris, France:
The expertise Centers in Paris (CIRSEE) are specialized in the fields of water production, of drinking water distribution, of the processing and reuse of wastewater, on the waste recycling, of health & environmental risk management, and of analysis, sensors and data analytics.

Bordeaux, France:
The competence of the Expertise Center in Bordeaux (LyRE) is focused on technological solutions for urban water management, such as asset management, sewers and stormwater management, as well as ecological engineering modelling.

Barcelona, Spain:
Our center in Barcelona (Cetaqua) integrates national scientific partners (Polytechnic University of Catalonia –UPC, and the Spanish National Research Council – CSIC) to develop collaborative research projects focused on the management of the overall water cycle. It complements the above mentioned expertise with those on adaptation of infrastructure to climate change, and studies on water economics.

New York, USA:
With piloting capabilities, our North America center (SUEZ WERCs) is specialized on testing water treatment technologies for both our municipal and industrial clients.

Shanghai, China:
Being the first of its kind, and located in the SCIP (Shanghai Chemical Industry Park), our expertise center in China focuses its research & development on innovative solutions for treating wastewaters generated by the petrochemical industries.

Our Innovation hub in South East Asia is focused at demonstrating innovative solutions for the management of urban water systems (automated meter reading, stormwater management) and the recovery of wastewater resources.

Key figures:

  • 74 Million Euros invested in research, technological development and innovation every year
  • 283 families of patents
  • 400 researchers and experts
  • More than 65 research programmes