Improve the environmental footprint of our facilities and services

As an integral part of our commitment to the environment, we have set ourselves the objective of reducing the footprint of our own activities. In all the sites they manage, our subsidiaries strive to optimise their consumption of resources and recover their waste, to boost the energy efficiency of the facilities and services, and recommend that their clients increase the proportion of electricity from used renewable sources.

 

It is thus SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT’s intention to play a part in the fight against climate change by controlling its own greenhouse gas emissions.

Some of the activities of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT are carried out within or in the vicinity of sites protected for the purposes of biodiversity. We are committed to preserving, restoring and recovering the biodiversity of our sites and those of our clients. To this end, the Group will continue its inventory of sensitive sites and the implementation of ecological management plans, tailored to each site in collaboration with nature experts.

Finally, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT is committed to improving the environmental integration of its sites by reducing perceived pollution (odours, noises, visual quality), as part of the action plans for prevention and improvement developed in consultation with local residents.

 

Quantitative objectives

  • By 2016, achieve a ratio of two metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions prevented for every one metric tonne emitted (Europe waste perimeter).
  • Increase useful energy production (Europe waste perimeter) by 15% (~700 GWh more in comparison to 2011), which equates to the annual energy consumption of over 100 000 Europeans (Energy consumption of around 7 MWh per inhabitant and per year in Europe – Eurostat, 2008).
  • Biodiversity: increase the number of action plans (regulatory and voluntary) implemented in sensitive sites situated within or in the vicinity of protected areas.

Progress objectives

  • Improve the energy effi ciency of water and wastewater treatment plants at equivalent level of service rendered.
  • Increase the production ratio of energy production/energy consumption for the Water activity (indicator: kWh of energy produced/ kWh of energy consumed).