Jean-Marc Boursier, Executive Vice-President of SUEZ environnement in charge of recycling and reuse in Europe, and François Lavergne, President of the Faulquemont district authority and Vice-President of the Departmental Council of Moselle, will inaugurate a new organic reuse centre that features a methanation unit developed entirely by the Group. SUEZ environnement offers its customers concrete solutions for the local production of green energy for the energy transition, and has invested €4.2 million in this new methanation unit.
The startup of this new unit in Faulquemont, represents a concrete step forwards in the energy transition of the region. Thanks to this new unit, SUEZ environnement reuses organic waste from industry, retailers, local authorities and agriculture as new energy resources. This green energy is used locally to meet 70% of the needs of the neighbouring ISMERT industrial company, which specialises in the cleaning of tanks and containers, and also supplies electricity to the mains network of the city of Metz. A concrete and local example of the regional energy transition.
The new organic reuse centre in Faulquemont will transform up to 19,000 tons of waste from the region into new energy resources per year, producing 4,000 MWh of green heat and 4,000 MWh of green electricity, which is the equivalent of the electricity consumed by 1,000 households. Each year, the Faulquemont organic reuse centre also transforms 35,000 tons of organic waste (urban sludge, plant waste, digestate from the methanation process) into fertilizers and compost that meets the applicable standards.
Together with the other players in the region, SUEZ environnement has implemented a short reuse cycle. The fertilizers and compost are used by local farmers, and all the energy produced is reused locally, instead of fossil-fuel energies. The produced heat supplies the processes in the ISMERT factory and also meets the needs for heat of the equipment in the Faulquemont organic reuse centre. The electricity is distributed on the mains network of the city of Metz.
As a pioneer of this technology, SUEZ environnement has developed unique know-how in methanation, with water and waste, that is now implemented in more than 20 dedicated facilities worldwide. In particular, SUEZ environnement operates the first ever residual household waste methanation plant in France, which has become a benchmark for energy efficiency in Europe. The Group is also developing new applications of biogas, by reusing it in the form of biomethane in urban mains gas networks, or as fuel, after additional purification.