Most territories on the planet are committed to moving towards the environmental transition, and SUEZ s activities help them to do so. The Group has chosen to strengthen their international development in a targeted way:
By favouring a strong partnership culture: in China, for example, SUEZ supports the authorities environmental policy based on a model of partnership and knowledge transfer through over 70 shared companies founded with Chinese partners. The contracts to operate four wastewater treatment plants in Changshu and transform hazardous waste into energy in Qinzhou, signed in 2018, are a testament to this.
By offering innovative contractual models able to meet the growing water needs of emerging countries in Africa and India. In India, where SUEZ strengthened its presence in 2018 by winning drinking water distribution contracts for the cities of Davanagere, Udupi and Puttur, the Group encourages contracts covering both network modernisation and operation to ensure drinking water distribution 24/7.
By emphasising new solutions to guarantee the world s drinking water supply, including desalination (SUEZ delivered its 3,300th desalination plant worldwide in Barka in the Sultanate of Oman
in summer 2018) and decentralised solutions such as the UCD (a compact, modular drinking water production unit). In Ivory Coast, as part of a government program to expand access to drinking water, SUEZ has installed 40 UCDs to supply 18 secondary towns.
By entering new areas such as sanitation and waste treatment in emerging countries: in Africa, for example, the lack of sanitation represents a cost of 1 to 2.5% of annual GDP in about twenty African countries according to the World Bank. If landfill sites in emerging countries are not converted into treatment and recovery units, the contribution of waste to greenhouse gas emissions could reach 10% by 2025: SUEZ is working with funding bodies financial backers to better integrate these solutions into development finance programmes.
By continuing to develop its strongholds in Europe, the USA and Australia while extending its geographical footprint: in 2018, the Group secured its first contract in Ecuador (to improve drinking water distribution services in Santo Domingo), illustrating the Group s growing momentum in Latin America (7% of the SUEZ Group s revenue). Since 2018, it has also supported the Greater Moscow urban transformation and circular economy project.
Increased water demand and water stress; cutting greenhouse gas emissions; population growth: SUEZ supports the world s regions in resolving these complex equations.
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