Andre-Louis Brenier, General Manager, SUEZ Middle East Recycling LLC talks about the company’s capabilities including its portfolio of services and technologies as well as its strategy to support a circular economy in the region.
SUEZ a worldwide leader in smart and sustainable management of resources
With 90,000 people on the five continents and with a heritage that stretches back more than 160 years, SUEZ supports local authorities and industries in the efficient, innovative and sustainable management of their resources. We provide water and waste management solutions that enable cities and industries to optimize their resource management and strengthen their environmental and economic performances, in line with regulatory standards.
We provide support at every step, from the diagnostic, to the design of infrastructures and the control of operations. Our approach reconciles environmental performance (an increase in recycled volumes of water and waste), economic performance (cost controls, optimisation of resources) and societal initiatives through actions to raise awareness and offer incentives to inhabitants. In light of its waste and water management challenges, the Middle-East is definitely one of the priority regions where SUEZ’s innovative solutions and sustainable models are sources of performance and value for our customers.
SUEZ takes the challenge of reinventing the city and makes it smart
SUEZ recently won in consortium with French companies Bouygues Energies & Services, Citelum (EDF Group) and Capgemini, a smart city project in Dijon – France, to carry out and manage, over a 12-year period, a connected control centre for public facilities across 24 municipalities of the metropolitan area.
Operational as of 2018, the project will make technical equipment (traffic lights, street lightning, CCTV, street and road maintenance, etc.) more efficient, optimised and pooled, hence facilitating public spaces management. For the first time in France, a centralised and connected tool for the management of public facilities will be set up.
Thanks to digital data generated by connected public facilities, Dijon metropolitan area is developing a unique smart city initiative, offering its residents new public services and open urban governance based on Open Data. Such smart initiatives have a real potential in the Middle East as making the shift to smart and efficient is becoming a major concern for many governments in the region.
Making waste management increasingly smarter
SUEZ is making use of new technologies to meet the needs of its customers in the waste recycling and recovery sector.Today over 34 million people are benefiting from our waste collection services over the world. SUEZ treats over 41 million metric tons of waste, recovers 17 million tons of waste a year and produces 7 TWh of local renewable energy.
In terms of local footprint, the Group in present in Middle East since 1970 and built the first ever reverse-osmosis desalination plant in Saudi Arabia in 1975, the largest hybrid desalination plant in the world in the United Arab Emirates in 2003 (Fujairah), and the largest wastewater treatment and recycling plant in the Middle East, in As Samra in Jordan. With Barka Independent Water Project, SUEZ has built, is financing and operating the largest seawater desalination reverse osmosis plant of the Sultanate of Oman that will be commissioned next year.
SUEZ has also a presence in waste treatment since 1977 through Trashco, now SUEZ Middle East Recycling LLC, one of the first private companies of the UAE in the waste management sector.
SUEZ Middle East Recycling is active in the collection of residential, industrial, commercial and medical waste, streets and industrial cleaning. SUEZ provides innovative solutions for the collection, storing, recycling, and recovery, treatment and safe disposal of waste generated by its 3000 customers present in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Ajman.
SUEZ calls on its innovation capacity for a radically new management of resources by optimizing usages that exploit the full potential of new and digital technologies, by recycling, recovering and producing secondary raw materials and alternative resources and by supporting our customers as they make the change from a linear model that over-consumes resources, to a circular model that recycles and recovers them.
In Oman, SUEZ has focused on infrastructure development over the past few years and is currently operating the two largest engineered landfills in the country. One of these facilities will include a biogas recovery system to limit disturbance to neighbours and curb greenhouse gases from the site. It also includes a reverse osmosis system to treat leachates, which allows the water produced from the site to be reused.
In November this year, SUEZ has also been awarded with a major soil remediation contract in the region. Worth €107 million, this contract comprises the reclamation and rehabilitation of 400 ha of polluted lagoons. SUEZ is an expert in soil remediation in Europe, where it remediates more than 2 million metric tons of soil per year. This new project is the largest soil remediation contract awarded to the Group to date, which positions the Group as a key player in this field in the Middle East.
Recovering energy from waste
Waste-to-energy is one of our targets for the region as we have both the expertise and experience to support governments and municipalities in the development and management of such projects. SUEZ currently operates 55 energy-from-waste plants worldwide, generating 7 TWh of energy, the equivalent of the annual consumption of a 2 million inhabitant’s city, avoiding more than 1.5 million tonnes of CO² emissions.
Governments and municipalities in the Middle East are adopting very ambitious targets to minimize the amount of solid waste sent to landfills or dumpsites. These strategies include plans to develop waste-to-energy facilities, incinerating waste and providing energy that can supplement a country’s electricity needs and diversify its energy mix.
Although national targets aim to drastically reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill by developing Waste to Energy (WtE) plants, regulation should be the first driver to be considered by governments in order to move from concept to development and to make such initiative viable.
Client’s drivers are now oriented by high efficiency investments that will generate savings for them and meet their waste management targets at the same time. As a similar approach, these investments often take the form of Private Public Partnerships and Build, Operate and Transfer contracts as seen in the development of WtE facilities which need heavy investment.
SUEZ has integrated these parameters and combines in its offer clients’ needs and expectations by providing sustainable solutions to the resource challenges faced in the region with appropriate services and financing solutions for an optimised and sustainable management of resources.
As a conclusion, I would like to stress that relying on its long-time local presence and global experience, SUEZ can support governments and decision makers in the implementation of their waste management plans, enabling local authorities to lead efforts to secure sustainable development and creating local recovery cycles.