SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT supplies drinking water to 92 million people, provides wastewater treatment services for 65 million people and collects the waste produced by 52 million people. The company has 79,219 employees and, a presence on all five continents. In 2013, it posted revenues of €14,6 billion.
One iconic SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT initiative is the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP), which is amongst Asia’s biggest petrochemical platforms – the company’s partner in minimising environmental impact while supporting circular economy.
It supplies SCIP’s drinking and industrial water, treats its highly polluted effluents and manages its hazardous waste.
The focus is set on recovery and synergies from water and waste of multiple industries by: recycling wastewater, recycling sludge, recovering energy from waste, steam production, etc. The effluents and waste from some, serve to feed water or energy to others, significantly reducing overall footprint, while meeting the most stringent regulations and reaching economic performance.
A circular economy is key to achieving sustainable growth in a resource-efficient and environmentally sound way. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT fully supports this major change to our current economic system.
The role of the waste and water management sector is central to driving a circular economy – i.e. to collect, treat and return secondary resources and recovered energy back into the cycle of production and consumption. Turning water & waste into new resources ensures resource security, creates local jobs and preserves the environment.
SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT’s vision for a circular economy involves a partnership approach with important innovation, collective intelligence, new business models, changes in mentality among the general public, and increased transparency.