Reconciling growth and sound resource management. Giving our customers concrete means for improving their environmental efficiency. This is SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT’s mission.
Petrobras (Brazil), Petrofina (China): the oil industry is a major water consumer. Our wastewater treatment plants based in the north-east and in Chengdu allow these companies to have the necessary water resources by recycling their industrial effluents, while limiting extraction in the natural environment.
Suzhou Industrial Park (China): each day, we treat almost three hundred tonnes of sludge in this booming industrial complex. Sludge is recycled as a fuel and used instead of coal in the nearby power station. This generates a very positive energy balance.
As-Samra (Jordan), an energy self-sufficient wastewater treatment plant: hydraulic turbines and gas engines fed by biogas from sludge digestion produce 95% of the energy required for water treatment. The 100 million m3 of treated water produced annually also reduce extractions from the resource for agricultural and industrial uses.
Aquaviva (France), the 1st carbon-neutral wastewater treatment plant: commissioned in Cannes in late 2011, it has a carbon-neutral footprint thanks in particular to its 4,000 m² of solar panels, making it the largest solar farm in the Alpes-Maritimes department.
Low energy consumption desalination plants: in forty years, the progress made in the reverse osmosis process means that six times less energy is required for seawater desalination. The Perth plant is fuelled entirely by renewable energies, as it is connected to a wind farm (saving 200,000 tonnes of waste CO2 from being produced each year).
Where we operate, we rely on local skills, which cannot be relocated. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT employs almost 37,000 employees in its water businesses.
In the United States, United Water is working with the United Negro College Fund to develop the United Water Corporate Scholar Program. With a fund of $200,000 and 20 grants awarded over the period from 2010-2014, this operation supports both the education of young people from ethnically-diverse backgrounds, and enterprise through a permanent pool of high quality candidates, in various fields such as environmental sciences, finance or information technology.
In France, we are committed to competitive clusters and applied research projects in partnership with the SMEs. As a result, we are playing an active part in the dynamism of local areas and in the vitality of an entire industrial system. In Orléans, for example, through the DREAM competitive cluster, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT is working on the FlocOn Bio project, with support from two SMEs, Géo-Hyd and Ecologistique, to develop new flocculants from naturally-sourced renewable products.
With the creation of the Blue Orange innovation investment fund in 2010, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT is determined to work on the industrial and commercial development of young innovative companies. With an endowment of €50 million spread over ten years, Blue Orange takes minority stakes in the capital of selected companies. There are benefits to this for both parties: the selected start-ups can rely on SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT to test their concepts, develop their technologies and arrange their initial product launches. In exchange, the Group gains access to new solutions enabling it to broaden and diversify its portfolio.
We are also involved locally in the search for solutions to social integration issues, in particular integrating women and young persons in difficult situations. This is the challenge for the first Maison pour Rebondir, which began operating in late 2011 in Bordeaux.