Moving towards the circular economy in Spain
Spain is strengthening its environmental legislation with the introduction of traceability of household and industrial waste, from production to the management of dedicated channels. The evolution of environmental tax regimes from 2022 onwards will encourage recycling and recovery of previously- landfilled waste in dedicated centres, primarily in Spain. With national hazardous waste production estimated at 3 million tonnes per annum, SUEZ plans to step up its presence in this area of business by creating a new recycling and recovery site in Legutiano (Álava, Basque country). By 2023, this facility could process more than 30,000 tonnes of industrial waste per year from local industries, such as effluent treatment sludge and metallurgical residues. Thanks to the recycling and recovery processes selected, the secondary raw materials produced could be reused by industrial players in their production cycles. SUEZ currently supports more than 1,300 customers and manages 150,000 tonnes of hazardous waste via four facilities, including the Legutiano site.
Regeneration and customized solvent production in the Netherlands
Since 1987, at Almelo in the Netherlands, the Group has been operating one of the largest solvent regeneration sites. This site processes a very broad range of industrial waste products generated in Europe. Regeneration, which is the highest value-added activity in hazardous waste processing means that, after purification, the recycled solvents can be returned to producers or sold to meet industrial demand. To meet the growing demand, SUEZ plans to double the site’s processing capacity to up to 30,000 metric tons of solvents per annum by 2023. This project will enable the Group to continue to diversify its activities, extend its large industrial customer portfolio and strengthen the Group’s position in the solvent market. 20 million tonnes of non-regenerated solvents are produced each year worldwide, including 5 million tonnes in Europe. By regenerating these solvents, SUEZ will enable its industrial customers to reduce their carbon footprint.
With these new hazardous waste treatment developments in the Netherlands and Spain, the Group is reinforcing its activities on the European market, helping industrial clients to reduce their carbon footprint, and fostering more sustainable growth. In line with the “Shaping SUEZ 2030” strategic plan, the Group is striving to implement solutions that are environmentally friendly while guaranteeing the optimization its clients’ economic performance.