Fighting climate change
Fighting climate change is an absolute priority for SUEZ. In our previous Sustainable Development Road Maps, the Group had already set targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions and conserve resources. In October 2015, we made 12 new climate commitments.
The 12 commitments made by SUEZ aim to continue efforts to reduce the Group’s carbon footprint, promote the circular economy model so as to structurally reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect resources, and adapt to the effects of global warming on water.
Four commitments to mitigate the causes of climate change
Commitment 1: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% within our entire scope of activity by 2030.
Commitment 2: Help our customers to avoid 60 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
Commitment 3: Double the volumes of recycled plastic by 2020.
Commitment 4: Increase renewable energy production by 10% by 2020.
Three commitments to adapt to the effects of climate change on water
Commitment 5: Systematically offer plans to increase customers’ resilience to the effects of climate change.
Commitment 6: Promote various water uses by tripling the availability of water alternatives by 2030.
Commitment 7: Save the equivalent of the amount of water consumed by a city of 2 million inhabitants by 2020.
Five commitments to build climate responsible models
Commitment 8: Adopt an internal carbon price in 2016.
Commitment 9: Take action to strengthen the carbon price.
Commitment 10: Make a commitment to support the circular economy.
Commitment 11: Help to promote awareness of climate solutions
Commitment 12: Set up a committee of Climate Transition Experts close to company management.
The decrease in animal and plant populations, the extinction of some species and the simplification of ecosystems are contributing to the reduction in biodiversity. SUEZ affirms our commitment through a concrete action plan that has been recognised as an integral part of the National Strategy for Biodiversity in France.
Protecting the oceans
A source of water, heat and oxygen, the oceans are essential for life and play a major role in mitigating climate change. Yet over-fishing, rising temperatures and pollution threaten them. As an expert in the water and waste sectors, SUEZ and our stakeholders have an important role to play in preserving them.
Supporting vulnerable populations
SUEZ supports disadvantaged populations and the social integration of people in distress through initiatives around the world.
Acting for equal opportunities and diversity
As a key indicator of a company’s social responsibility, equal opportunity lies at the heart of the Group’s social performance. It is ensured through a structured, long-term plan supported by engaged employees and a committed management team.
Contributing to regions’ economic development
SUEZ contributes to balanced and sustainable development of regions by working with stakeholders that are crucial to their development and vitality: SMEs, integration organisations, disabled workers’ sector, social and solidarity economy players.
Supporting the right to water and sanitation
SUEZ promotes and implements the right to water and sanitation. Thanks to our expertise, we are able to offer a full range of solutions in response to issues faced by both developed and developing countries.
Spreading and sharing our know-how
Given the growing complexity of the issues at stake, regional projects must increasingly be the result of a collective approach. The SUEZ Group therefore places a great deal of importance on activities related to knowledge sharing.