SUEZ presents its expertise at the International Desalination Association Congress in San Diego this week

SUEZ presents its expertise at the International Desalination Association Congress in San Diego this week

Our mission as the second largest environmental services company in the world is to enable a resourceful future for all. As we said a few weeks ago, the lack of water is the main challenge of the 21st century. That is why SUEZ is making desalination and water reuse a priority. Through our treatment solutions subsidiary Degremont, we are showcasing our expertise this week in San Diego to talk about “Renewable water resources to meet global needs” (IDA 2015 Theme). The IDA Congress takes place every two years and attracts worldwide visitors from the water industry, the universities and the research community. Given the major drought California is facing, the place of the event is a strong symbol. With 40% of the world population living within 60 miles of the coastal area, desalination of seawater is proving to be an essential alternative method for sustainability in urban areas. In 2016, the desalination market is expected to supply 500 million people in drinking water (300 million today) and will also provide water agricultural needs.   With its 250 desalination plant throughout the world, SUEZ supplies 10 million of people with freshwater. Stop by booth #1019 and talk to our experts to discover the benefits of reverse osmosis seawater, demineralized process water for boilers and cooling circuits and so much more! You can also take a look at our conferences program:...
Water, the main challenge of the 21st century – Time to act!

Water, the main challenge of the 21st century – Time to act!

As a world citizen, you hear words like drought, global warming, planet expiration date, sustainable development often… You want to… Act but you don’t know where to start? Be involved without drastically change your lifestyle? Be a part of the Resource Revolution but not spend a month’s salary in water-saving devices? Good news: you can! And we are here to help you. For 10 years now, United Water has published Conservation Guides providing indoor and outdoor water saving tips, presenting what we do as a water services provider to protect one of the most precious resources on earth. Decreasing water availability is a global and serious issue that concerns every one of us, not only individuals but also industries, governments and companies. That’s why this summer, we launched a social media conservation campaign #TipsToSaveWater. Our goal is to provide easy, inexpensive and original water saving tips. Along the way, we discovered the website, “Water – Use it Wisely”. This website provides tips and devices to help you in your water saving quest. It also has an educational and creative section dedicated to children. What better way to raise your kids’ awareness than play a game? Feel free to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to discover our tips published every Thursday all summer long. And, if you have  your own ways to save water, please share them in the comment sections below. About Water – Use it Wisely This communication campaign was launched 15 years ago. Since then, it has become a major campaign with more than 250 public and private water companies nationwide. The goal is to help people learn how to save water.   Find below all the tips we’ve...
Tackling coastal and ocean pollution on Long Island #WorldOceansDay

Tackling coastal and ocean pollution on Long Island #WorldOceansDay

As managers of coastal wastewater treatment systems, ways to reduce pollution and improve marine habitats are top of mind. On Long Island in Nassau County, NY we are improving the process used to treat wastewater and return clean, non-polluted water to clean water.  But our commitment to Long Island’s waterways doesn’t stop there.  We are working with elected officials and environmental leaders to advocate for an ocean outfall pipe, which would dramatically improve the health of Reynolds Channel and the Western...
SUEZ Environnement Issues Report on North American Sustainable Development Program

SUEZ Environnement Issues Report on North American Sustainable Development Program

On the occasion of World Environment Day, we are pleased to share our 2014 North American Sustainable Development Report which documents progress toward social, environmental and other non-financial goals. Through the SUEZ Environnement sustainability program and this report, we are demonstrating, with actions, that sustainable and socially responsible business is good business – and that good business is better business. 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. And we develop social alliances to help construct and participate in our vision for the future. With each milestone, achieved in collaboration with clients and partners, we are better positioned to lead the way from resource crisis to resource revolution. An ambition to re-imagine our relationship with resources is central to this report which gives an honest assessment of where the company has succeeded and where we fell short of our goals in 2014. We’re pleased to report progress in water recycling and reuse; reducing greenhouse gas emissions; reducing wasted water within our distribution system, among other areas. 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...
A renewed commitment to restoring and protecting biodiversity

A renewed commitment to restoring and protecting biodiversity

In honor of World Biodiversity Day, we are pleased to announce that our commitment to protecting and restoring biodiversity is stronger than ever.  Over the past year, we developed a number of action plans to restore ecosystems and protect threatened and endangered species in and around our water treatment sites.  We operate in over 200 biologically diverse locations where, as leaders in the resource revolution, we take the lead in the environmental health of our surroundings. So what is biodiversity and why is it important to the health of ecosystems? Biodiversity is an important part of making life livable on Earth. It provides us with an array of foods and materials and it contributes to the economy.  Biodiversity also allows for ecosystems to adjust to ever-increasing natural disturbances like extreme fires and floods. So what, then, is a biodiversity action plan and how can an environmental services provider contribute to the improved health of an ecosystem?  An example of one of the action plans we developed this year can be found in Springfield, MA where the Connecticut River runs alongside a wastewater treatment operation that we manage. The Connecticut River watershed encompasses 11,260 square miles, connecting 148 tributaries, including 38 major rivers and numerous lakes and ponds. It is home to many wildlife species, including bear, moose, bobcat, wild turkey, bald eagle, trout, shad, and 10 federally threatened or endangered species. It is also home to New England’s most productive farmlands and to 2 million human residents, about 84% of whom live in or near urban areas including Holyoke, Chicopee, and Springfield, Massachusetts and Hartford, Connecticut. However, many urbanized...
Putting climate resilience front and center in water utility planning

Putting climate resilience front and center in water utility planning

As a company operating across the world, we encounter global challenges but solutions are always local. And no challenge, global or local, is greater today than climate change. Climate change has numerous implications many of which manifest in the water cycle; in water supply and water quality. To operate our own business sustainably and to enable a resourceful future for those that we serve we must anticipate the challenges brought about by a changing climate. We do this in part by collaborating with key stakeholders such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as we are doing in this particular case. United Water and SUEZ Environnement experts are piloting EPA’s Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool at the Haworth Treatment facility in Northern New Jersey which provides water service to nearly 1 million people in the region. The tool which is being implemented throughout the country in more than 20 utilities, establishes likely future scenarios for any given area, based upon scientific data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  According to IPCC’s last report, “In many regions, changing precipitation or melting snow and ice are altering hydrological systems, affecting water resources in terms of quantity and quality.” The process defined in collaboration with EPA will identify ways, for example, to better protect critical pump stations from precipitation events or means by which conservation measures can aid supply management. With responsibility for securing a resourceful future for 6.7 million people in communities across the United States, we will transfer the knowledge and findings from this project in New Jersey across our network and add to our expertise in delivering...