SUEZ partners with Bouygues Construction to develop innovative waste solutions
French waste management company SUEZ has announced a new partnership with Bouygues Construction, an innovative construction company, to develop innovative solutions for resource management in sustainable and smart cities.
A worldwide Memorandum of Understanding, agreed for an initial three years, will see the two companies share expertise on approaches to improve the sustainability of urban areas.
On the agenda for the new collaboration will be the reduction of energy and water consumption, improved public transportation, the greater integration of buildings and neighbourhoods, giving greater precedence to the natural environment to improve quality of life and reduce the ecological footprint of cities, and advancing the circular economy.
City sustainability is one of the most prescient challenges of the 21st century, with the planet set to accommodate 9 billion inhabitants by 2030, 60 per cent of whom will reside in urban areas. It is predicted that there will be around 40 mega-cities with more than 10 million residents by this time.
The smart city concept has gained a lot of traction in recent years, with the instantaneous sharing of data between devices on digital systems allowing for more responsive and efficient service provision. Both SUEZ and Bouygues bring experience and knowhow in this field, which combined is hoped to lead to a fruitful collaboration.
SUEZ will be providing expertise on water supply, water treatment, construction, recycling and recovery, while Bouygues has substantial experience in the development of eco-neighbourhoods.
The two groups are already putting their new partnership to work, working together on a number of projects including the Fort d’Issy-Vanves-Clamart metro station, part of the new Grand Paris Express, coming up with innovative ways of optimizing the management and traceability of excavated site materials.
Realising a ‘more virtuous resource management’
This latest partnership is but the latest in a series of partnerships announced by SUEZ this year as it seeks to advance the digitalization of its recycling and recovery activities. In January of this year, SUEZ announced a strategic partnership with Rubicon Global, a cloud-based waste and recycling company that connects waste collectors to producers to create a more efficient management of waste, while last month (3 July) SUEZ announced it would be rolling out Organix, the ‘first digital marketplace for organic waste’, across France to link biogas operators with organic waste producers.
Commenting on the latest agreement, Jean-Louis Chaussade, SUEZ CEO, said: “This agreement represents a new chapter in the history of the two groups. We have already pooled our expertise in some emblematic projects, such as the recovery of construction waste from the first construction site of the Grand Paris Express, or the design of the first connected protective equipment that improves the safety of operators.
“Today, we are rising to the challenges of urbanisation and the circular economy by stepping up our efforts in favour of a virtuous construction industry and the development of resourceful cities.”
Philippe Bonnave, Chairman and CEO of Bouygues Construction, added: “Meeting the environmental challenge of more virtuous resource management will be the priority of the partnership between our two groups. We will achieve this through our long experience of successful collaborations, both in France and internationally, which have enabled us to co-construct innovative solutions to serve our customers.
“The environmental emergency we all face today is now urging us to go further and draw on our respective expertise so that we can jointly propose disruptive solutions to achieve better recovery of resources.”
More information on smart cities can be found in Resource 87 from from February 2017 in the article ‘Smart Streets: How the Internet of Things is revolutionising waste'.