Interdisciplinary regulations

Water and waste treatment operations are governed by cross-industry regulations in two business lines issued by the European Union.
    • Directive on the coordination of procedures for the award of public works contracts, public supply contracts and public service contracts – 2014/24/UE and 2014/25/UE
      Publication date: 28 march 2014 / Transposition deadline: April 2016

These Directives are aimed at harmonising the procedures for the award of public works contracts, public supply contracts and public service contracts exceeding a set amount, and to increase the flexibility of procedures for the award of public contracts. They govern the tendering procedures by laying down rules concerning technical specifications, award criteria, award procedures and publication. These Directives thus apply to most of the contracts between SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT and public authorities.


    • Directive on the award of concession contracts – 2014/23/UE
      Publication date: 28 mars 2014 / Transposition deadline: April 2016 

In addition to the Public Procurement directives, the EU also adopted a directive defining the rules for the signature of concession contracts between a private body and a company (public or private). The directive regulates among other things, the thresholds, the contracts’ duration, the award criteria and the relation between public bodies (« in-house » relations). The water sector has been excluded from the scope of the directive and only the waste activity of Suez Environnement is included.

    • Directive on environmental liability – 2004/35/EC Publication date: 30 April 2004 / Transposition deadline: 30 April 2007

This Directive establishes a legal framework for environmental responsability based on the “polluter pays” principle, in order to prevent and repair environmental damage (damage caused to protected species, natural habitats, land and aquatic environments). The operator bears prime responsibility for the damage.

    • Directive on protection of the environment through criminal law – 2008/99/EC Publication date: December 2008 / Transposition deadline: 26 December 2010 

This Directive requires Member States to provide for appropriate, efficient, dissuasive criminal penalties for serious violations of the provisions of European Union law on the protection of the environment.

    • Regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) – 1907/2006 Publication date: 30 December 2006 / Enforcement date: 1 June 2007

The REACH regulation aims to ensure better protection of human health and the environment against the risks posed by chemicals. It makes industry responsible for evaluating and managing the risks posed by such substances, and providing appropriate safety information to users, throughout the product life cycle.

As a user, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT must make sure that the substances used by its suppliers comply with the REACH regulation.

As an in-situ producer of substances and for the marketing of recovered substances (secondary raw materials), SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT complies with the registration requirements and exemptions laid down by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

    • Regulation concerning the establishment of a European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) – 166/2006/EC
      Publication date: 4 February 2006 / Enforcement: Immediate

The European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) is an electronic database which replaces the previous Pollutant Emission Register (PER). This register, which has been available to the public since 9 November 2009, aims to improve access to information on pollutant emissions. The PRTR concerns most activities related to water management and waste management. With this regulation, operators must provide precise data on their annual emissions.

    • Climate-Energy Package
      Adoption date: 17 December 2008

The European Parliament has adopted several legislative proposals to fight climate change and ensure a safer, sustainable energy supply.

The “Climate-Energy Package” is designed to achieve the EU’s “3×20″ objective by 2020:

- 20% reduction in European greenhouse gas emissions as a minimum

- 20% of energy production stemming from renewable sources

- 20% increase in the EU’s energy efficiency

The Climate-Energy Package comprises:

- the Directive establishing a European Union Emission Trading System, from which the water and waste sectors are excluded,

- a decision concerning the effort to be made by Member States to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in the sectors excluded from the above Directive (e.g., transport, construction, and environmental services),

- a Directive aimed at promoting renewable energy resources, such as biogas and the energy produced from biomass stemming from waste and sanitation by-products,

- a Directive on the geological storage of CO2,

- new guidelines on the granting of State aid for the protection of the environment.

A new regulatory package is in process at the European Commission setting new objectives for 2030. A 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emission, a 27% objective of energy coming from renewable sources in the EU and the improvement of the energy efficiency have been announced as new goals for 2030.