NO MY As the circular economy becomes increasingly essential as the model
for the 21st century, SUEZ is reinforcing its waste recovery solutions and bringing producers and users together within new ecosystems.
2.6 billion tonnes of municipal waste produced worldwide (including 44% biowaste and 17% plastic) Source: World Bank
60% of municipal waste will have to be recycled (European Union target)
Savings of $4,500 billion a year thanks to the circular economy
Supported by ambitious regulations in Europe and Asia, the circular economy model increasingly appears to be the inevitable response to the issues of resource depletion and the need to cut carbon emissions, making it possible to avoid the equivalent of 3.6 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2050. Our industrial and local authority customers, alongside stakeholders in civil society, understand this all too well: they are unanimous in considering that the top priority for SUEZ is to promote material recovery, recycling and reuse (Commitment 7 in the Roadmap).
In this context, SUEZ is adapting its industrial facilities, training its staff in the new requirements of its operating methods and planning to maintain its lead in the development of circular economy solutions through: a policy of selectiveness in the flows
processed: plastic, bio-waste and construction/deconstruction waste are prioritised due to their volume and their carbon content, with support for innovation programmes (chemical treatments for
plastic; creation of the BioResourceLab, a research centre dedicated to transforming organic waste into bioresources);
an ambition to increase the production of renewable energy by 2021, with targets for each country and targeted investments in technologies for generating green energy from waste (e.g. 4.2 million of investment in the Etia Group in 2018 to create a full range of solutions for decentralised energy generation from all types of biomass and dry waste);
continued efforts to reinforce the circular economy for water by converting treatment plants into biofactories able to produce both energy and water for different types of uses (agricultural and industrial);
a strategy of alliances with companies and regional ecosystem players throughout the circular economy value chain: intensified in 2018, this policy of inter- and intra-sector alliances will be reinforced further between now and 2030, with the aim of bringing producers, manufacturers and users together to maximise the impact of the circular economy.
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