Methodological factors in the 2013 Environmental Report

Regarding the environmental data published in this report, the following information should be noted:

1 — Scope

The figures published in this report relate exclusively to fully consolidated companies whose operations are controlled by SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT. When a company becomes fully consolidated, 100% of its environmental data are incorporated, irrespective of the percentage held by the Group in its capital. The scope of consolidation is set on June 30 of each year. For transfers occurring after that date, the entity is expected to fill in the environmental questionnaire with the data available up until the date of transfer. Acquisitions completed after June 30 are not normally taken into account. Legal entities included within the scope of environmental reporting are those whose activity is relevant in terms of environmental impact (therefore excluding financial, construction and engineering entities). Water service management contracts are not included in the environmental reporting. Comparisons between reporting periods are made on a like-for-like basis. Limited scopes may be applied to certain variables. These are indicated in each case.

Waste business

The report covers subsidiaries based in:

  • Europe: Germany, Belgium, Finland, France (including overseas departments and territories), Spain, the UK, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Sweden;
  • the Middle East and Asia-Pacific: Australia, China, UAE, Oman and Turkey;
  • North Africa: Morocco;
  • North America: Canada.

Waste management includes collection, sorting and recycling, material, biological or energy recovery, incineration, landfilling, and the treatment of hazardous waste, including soil remediation. Closed landfills are not included in the published indicators.

Water business

The report covers contracts located in:

  • Europe: Spain, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Portugal, the Czech Republic and Slovakia;
  • Asia-Pacific: Australia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, New Zealand, Taiwan;
  • Central/North America: the United States and Mexico;
  • South America: Brazil, Chile and Colombia;
  • North Africa and the Middle East: Morocco, Egypt, Jordan and Qatar.

The report covers all the activities of the water cycle, including the treatment and distribution of drinking water, the collection and treatment of wastewater, as well as sludge treatment and recovery.

Data associated with activities not directly managed by SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT are not presented or included in the calculations.

2 — Reporting tools

Since 2003, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT has been using a computerbased environmental reporting system, developed by GDF SUEZ in cooperation with Enablon. This software facilitates the management and documentation of the environmental reporting scope, the input, control and consolidation of indicators, the publication of reports, and finally the provision of the documentation needed to collect data and monitor the reporting process.

3 — Procedures

For its environmental reporting, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT uses the procedures, tools and supporting documents available online. Depending on the organization and distribution of current responsibilities, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT’s procedures and IT tools are directly deployed through the business units’ central management. The process for the reporting and validation of information at lower levels (subsidiaries, regional offices, operational sites) is organized in accordance with internal procedures and checks put in place by each business unit. Internal procedures and IT tools tailored to each local organization are used at these levels.

A Group-wide network of environmental officers, formally appointed by each reporting entity, is responsible for applying all of the procedures and instructions. The working procedures and instructions at Group level provide a detailed description of the various phases for gathering, checking, consolidating, validating and communicating environmental data to the corporate entity responsible for organizing the process. They are supported by technical documents laying down methodological guidelines for calculating certain indicators.

GRI Indicators
2.5 — 2.9 — 3.6 — 3.7 — 3.9 — 3.10