At Roosendaal [Netherlands], we produce and market local, renewable energy
The ReEnergy energy recovery plant is a reference project for the circular economy. With a capacity of 336,000 tonnes, the facility can manage residual waste produced by two million people and generate 256,000 megawatt hours of electricity each year (production equivalent to the electricity consumption of 70,000 households) supplying neighbouring towns. It also provides heat to nearby industrial greenhouses and an urban heating system for the city of Roosendaal.
In El Teniente [Chile], we provide solutions for ecological and economic challenges in the mining industry
With nearly 2,400 km of underground tunnels, the world’s biggest copper mine faces a major challenge: to drastically reduce the concentration of molybdenum in water it discharges into the environment, as required by new regulations. SUEZ environnement has provided a successful solution using DensadegTM technology, which can treat 2.5 cubic metres of water per second, helping to secure resources and meeting economic constraints.
In Torremolinos [Spain], we apply advanced technologies to bathing water
COWAMA (COastal WAter MAnagement) is an innovative decision-making solution for anticipating the quality of bathing water, in order to optimise its management and provide reliable information to bathers. This solution prepares the city of tomorrow for environmental risks to its bathing water: it identifies potential sources of pollution and, in case of risk, assesses the type of risk and estimates how long it will last. An interactive app, called iBeach, keeps users informed in real-time.
In Melbourne [Australia], we are providing alternative and sustainable water resource
Our reverse-osmosis desalination technology at the Wonthaggi plant can treat 450,000 cubic metres of seawater each day, providing an alternative source of drinking water for a population of 4.25 million people. This is the biggest plant in the southern hemisphere and it guarantees a sustainable water supply for residents and industry in a region that has had severe water shortages.
In Paris [France], we invest in research on plastics recovery
Responding to the needs of industrial companies, SUEZ environnement has set up Plast’Lab, a research centre dedicated to plastics recycling. The aim is to double our production of recycled plastics in Europe within five years, contributing to a major economic and environmental challenge. The use of recycled plastics instead of new plastic reduces energy consumption by 80 to 90%.
In Och Kristianstad [Sweden], we convert food waste into biogas
Bio Simplex technology can treat all kinds of food waste. After recovery via anaerobic digestion, it is used to produce renewable energy (in the form of biogas) and improve soil. This process produces 8,000 litres of fuel per 100 tonnes of recovered bio-waste and contributes to the Swedish target of recovering 40% of food waste from households, shops and restaurants by 2015.
In Bayonne and Middletown [United States], we are meeting the infrastructure-financing challenge with a new governance model
SOLUTIONSM is a public private partnership between SUEZ environnement, the investment fund KKR and a local authority. It is aimed at modernising and improving the efficiency of water treatment systems and investing to upgrade old infrastructure. SUEZ environnement provides experience and innovation expertise alongside KKR’s long-term investment capacity, so the local authority has a reduced debt and benefits from financial stability. In Bayonne, NJ and Middletown, PA 157 and 183 million dollars respectively have been invested via this new type of partnership, which is unique in managing the strict divide between management of the assets and operating activities while the local authorities retain ownership of the infrastructure.
In Shanghai [China], we reduce the impact of industry on resource usage and contribute to a better quality of life
At Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP), the biggest industrial petrochemicals platform in Asia, which covers an area of around 30km2, we recover over 60,000 tonnes of hazardous waste each year. We manage the park’s entire water cycle and create cutting-edge solutions to protect resources. Through industrial wastewater re-use, sludge recovery and the recovery of energy from hazardous waste to supply steam to neighbouring companies, we contribute to a significant reduction in their energy consumption.
In Antwerp [Belgium], we produce four types of glass quality and create secondary raw materials for use in large industrial companies
The new-generation High5 glass recycling plant, designed in partnership with SIBELCO, is the world’s first plant which is able to separate incoming glass into four different qualities. Thanks to the unique quality of the cullet produced by High5, the plant’s glass-manufacturing customers have been able to significantly increase the proportion of recycled glass they use in their production processes, thereby helping to preserve natural mineral resources.
In Algiers [Algeria], we harness human and technical challenges and the transfer of skills
Since 2006, 27 SUEZ environnement experts have been working full time with local authorities in Algiers to improve the operation of their water and waste services. This has been through on-the-ground support, improved managerial practices and expertise in how to use modern tools, with around 150,000 days of training delivered. This ‘management’ contract also provides a structured skills transfer process, in the form of a digital assessment and operational best practice program, WIKTI, and managerial support methodology, OPT.
In Dunkirk [France], we are helping to promote socially responsible actions among residents
Dunkirk has implemented a standardised pricing system for around 220,000 people in the city, based on household size and income. Three price brackets have been established according to ‘essential’, ‘useful’ and ‘comfort’ water use to promote the concept of saving water. This pioneering system is monitored by an environmental panel involving individuals and communities, to benchmark the system and the effectiveness of the measures.
In Mandalay [Myanmar], we are contributing to the development of a sustainable city
Supporting this city (with a population of over one million people) in its sustainable development process, SUEZ environnement is contributing its vision and expertise to a regional project that integrates all of the city‘s key services. There are several objectives: to improve water, waste and transport services, and optimise the energy efficiency and environmental performance of the city’s services.
In Milan [Italy], we protect water resources for the oil and gas industry
To respond to the major challenge of water consumption in the heavy and ultra-heavy crude oil refining industry, the ENI plant has bolted on a new wastewater re-use loop. This will save around 2.8 million cubic metres of water every year, significantly minimising the environmental and economic impact of the plant’s processes.