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A carbon profile in line with the Group s commitments to the climate
While the absolute rise in the Group s greenhouse gas emissions in 2018 is due to the change in the scope of consolidation following the acquisition of the former GE Water, the average carbon intensity of the Group s activities continued to fall, illustrating the resolute low-carbon focus of the projects backed by the Group. As a corollary, the emissions avoided by SUEZ customers in 2018 exceeded the value of 10 MtCO2e, partly due to growth of 15% in a year in its production of renewable energy. In 2018, the Group s Scope 3 emissions remained stable at 17.5 MtCO2e (including 4.4 MtCO2e from procurement and 13.1 MtCO2e from domestic hot water).
A strengthened contribution to the protection of water resources
The Group s alternative water production capacity rose by 30% in a year thanks to the commissioning of major processed wastewater reclamation projects, as in Spain and Mexico, and desalination projects, as in the Middle East. The integration of the former GE Water s activities also contributed to this significant growth. Moreover, the continued reductions in leaks on the distribution network once again saved water consumption equivalent to that of 1.3 million residents in 2018.
Performance to serve public health
In 2018, SUEZ maintained a level of performance well above European requirements in terms of the air emission quality of waste-to-energy plants, with an annual average of 660 mg of NOx emissions and 51 mg of SOx emissions per tonne of waste incinerated. An annual report on the Group s contribution to air quality will reinforce the coordination of action plans in this area starting in 2019.
To preserve consumer health, SUEZ deploys significant resources to analyse and control drinking water quality, together with methods designed to prevent any risk of non-compliance, such as ISO 22 000 certification on food safety management. With regard to the European Union quality thresholds, the compliance level of the water produced and distributed by the Group worldwide was 99.7% in 2017.
Transforming the sites managed by the Group into biodiversity reservoirs
As part of the Act4Nature initiative, backed by 65 major French companies in 2018, SUEZ underlined its commitment to establishing biodiversity action plans at 50% of the priority sites managed by the Group by 2021. This commitment has already been achieved at 34% of these sites, where there is a need to go beyond the avoid/ reduce/compensate principle and support a significant net improvement in the ecological quality of habitats.
Elsewhere, the Group s Spanish water subsidiary was rewarded by the European Commission s European Business Awards for the Environment for its BiObserva project, which involves employees in protecting biodiversity.
In line with the goals of the Group s Sustainable Development Roadmap, SUEZ s environmental performance continued its trajectory of continuous improvement in 2018 in terms of both operational eco-efficiency and positive impact on resources and ecosystems.
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