This week Jean-Louis Chaussade, CEO of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT participated in the UN Climate Summit and New York City’s Climate Week reaffirming our commitment to take action in favor of mitigation and adaptation to climate change and announcing support for carbon pricing and a “climate-responsible” economic model.
In signing the World Bank Declaration on “Putting a Price on Carbon” Chaussade joined 73 countries, and over 1,000 companies, which have agreed to work together to share their experience, their expertise, and their insights, in order to redirect investment towards low-carbon technologies, and encourage the use of renewable energy.
The United Water Blog is pleased to offer these excerpts from Mr. Chaussade’s remarks:
“It is necessary to tackle climate change in order to avoid disastrous implications for the natural environment, which could jeopardize our current lifestyles. This call for action is addressed to all of us: citizens, non-governmental organizations and, of course, companies.
Companies are rising to this huge challenge by implementing solutions. These solutions aim at mitigating the effects of climate imbalances by driving down greenhouse gases emissions, but they are also intended to adapt to climate change impacts.
The technological revolution is underway: I see it every day within the water and waste industries. We are making every effort in terms of research and innovation: to strengthen our circular economy model, which is based on energy and material recovery from waste, and to come up with new technologies that will ensure the availability of water resources, in abundance and health. These solutions are designed for the city of tomorrow: a smart city, a sustainable city, a resilient city, a low carbon city.
A true global carbon regulation will incentivize companies to invest in innovative technologies and energy efficient solutions, and will support the planet in return to the path of sustainability.
The Climate Summit is an opportunity to create a worldwide low-carbon momentum, by weaving links between governments, international organizations, civil society bodies and companies.”
Indeed, our Group is well-positioned to partner with actors from civil society, and the private sector, to fight water stress, strengthen the resilience of cities, and contribute to the technological revolution that is necessary to mitigate the effects of climate change and to adapt to new climate parameters.