SUEZ issues report on north american sustainable development program
Paramus, NJ– On the occasion of World Environment Day, SUEZ, the US and Canadian subsidiary of the second largest environmental services company in the world, released its annual Sustainable Development Report to share progress toward social, environmental and other non-financial goals.
“Annually, we set goals to make measurable progress towards our vision of moving cities, businesses and industries from an economy that over-consumes natural resources to one that optimizes management and use of resources. With each milestone, achieved in collaboration with clients and partners, we are better positioned to lead the way from resource crisis to resource revolution,” said Bertrand Camus, chief executive officer.
In 2014 notable progress was made towards goals in improving energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, wastewater reuse and reducing wasted water within our distribution system.
The company has continually improved upon energy goals, including a 5% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and is on track to achieve a 5% improvement in energy efficiency by 2016.
A 1.8% decline in non-revenue water, or water lost within the distribution system, equivalent to saving 1.4 billion gallons for the year was achieved; Amidst record drought across the U.S. the company has a leading edge in reusing 12% of water that would otherwise have been discharged as wastewater.
SUEZ uses non-financial measures to monitor increases in efficiency and profitability while reducing environmental impact, engaging its employees and collaborating with stakeholders. Each priority area looks at specific challenges that the continent is facing, including aging infrastructure and water loss, energy efficiency, climate change, water-resource protection and corporate responsibility.
The report pairs each commitment with an example of SUEZ’s most significant accomplishments toward attaining it in North America. For example, a new solid waste recycling partnership with the City of Edmonton which diverts 60% of residential waste from landfill disposal will now serve as a reference for the company as well as a model for aspiring cities across the continent.
“Moving forward, we believe that these initiatives will help us to better provide innovative and industry leading solutions to clients and customers, many of whom are seeking to optimize increasingly scarce resources within the water cycle and the circular economy,” said Camus.
About SUEZ in North America
SUEZ operates across all 50 states and Canada with 3,430 employees dedicated to environmental sustainability and leading the resource revolution. The company owns 16 regulated water utilities, provides contracted public-private partnership services to 84 municipalities, offers water treatment and advanced network solutions to 16,000 industrial and municipal sites, provides drinking water and wastewater services to nearly 6.7 million people on a daily basis, processes 55,000 tons of waste for recycling and manages $3.3 billion in total assets. The company had revenues of $1.1 billion in 2014 and is a subsidiary of Paris-based SUEZ.
We are at the dawn of the resource revolution. In a world facing high demographic growth, runaway urbanization and the shortage of natural resources, securing, optimizing and renewing resources is essential to our future. SUEZ (Paris: SEV, Brussels: SEVB) supplies drinking water to 92 million people, delivers wastewater treatment services to 65 million, collects waste produced by almost 50 million, recovers 14 million tons of waste each year and produces 5,138 GWh of local and renewable energy. With 80,990 employees, SUEZ, which is present on all five continents, is a key player in a circular economy for the sustainable management of resources. SUEZ generated total revenues of €14.3 billion in 2014.