The question of resources availability is vital. We must supply the highest number of people with drinking water of high quality at a fair price. We must also optimize the collection and recovery of waste so it can become a source of new resources to recycle and recover.
By protecting natural resources, we are guaranteeing the quality of our environment and our resources in the future. Cities and industry are becoming increasingly concerned about reducing their activity's environmental impact. We're helping them to improve the quality of their discharge, recover their sludge into energy, reduce their CO2 emissions, decontaminate soils and promote biodiversity.
In Lebanon, we've helped the city of Sidon rehabilitate an open-air mountain of waste that had accumulated over more than 30 years. In partnership with the company JCC, and with the support of the United Nations Development Program, the project has overseen the introduction of waste storage, recovery and recycling facilities, as well as a new public park. By rehabilitating what local residents called the “mountain of shame”, we've helped to protect the coastline and the health of local inhabitants.
Information technology is at the heart of our business to improve the efficiency of the resources use. Real-time management of water and sanitation services, smart collection systems, reverse logistics, optimization of energy consumption in factories – these are all solutions generating significant economic and environmental savings for our customers.
The resource revolution is circular: transforming seawater into drinking water, sludge into renewable energy, and waste into energy or secondary raw materials, it has become necessary. By creating new, high-quality resources we avoid drawing on scarce natural resources.