At the time of COP24*, SUEZ is publishing its contribution to the Talanoa dialogue to highlight the urgent need to generalize the circular economy model in order to ensure a fair and sustainable low-carbon transition. The Talanoa Dialogue is a dialogue between States and non-state actors that aims in particular to agree on an inclusive and equitable low-carbon development model, and to inform governments of existing climate solutions to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement.
The Talanoa dialogue is structured around the following objectives: to take stock of the collective efforts made so far by states and non-state actors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the consequences of climate change, to agree on an inclusive and equitable low-carbon development model, and to inform governments on existing climate solutions to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement.
The Fijian Presidency renamed this process "Talanoa Dialogue" at COP23 with reference to a traditional Fijian way of discussing aimed at conflict resolution and building empathy by sharing stories in order to make wise decisions in the collective interest.
At the time of COP24, SUEZ is publishing its contribution to the Talanoa dialogue to highlight the urgent need to generalize the circular economy model in order to ensure a fair and sustainable low-carbon transition:
Global warming is exceeding forcecasts: let's double our efforts!
The conclusions of the latest report of the IPCC's scientific experts demonstrate this fact: it will be difficult to keep the temperature increase below 1.5°C by 2100. The objective of the Paris Agreement is still achievable provided that the mobilization is rapid, collective and of an unprecedented scale.
Since 2015, we have set ourselves the objective of reducing our company's greenhouse gas emissions by 30%. To achieve this, we are committed to designing new growth models that consume fewer resources and emit less CO2, in particular through the introduction of an internal carbon price that promotes innovation in the fields of the circular economy and energy transition.
At the same time, we are committed to helping our customers avoid more than 60 million tonnes of greenhouse gases by 2021, by generating more renewable energy from waste and wastewater and increasing the commercialization of secondary raw materials obtained from recycling.
Nevertheless, water is the first victim of global warming, which is why we have also made a commitment to save the equivalent of the water consumption of a city of more than 2 million inhabitants by 2021 and to increase by a factor of three our offering in of alternative water supply from wastewater reuse and desalination by 2030.
The challenge remains immense, that is why we must act collectively, States, local authorities, institutions, industrialists, citizens, consumers and employees. It is urgent to accelerate!
*COP24 takes place from 2 to 14 December 2018 in Katowice, Poland.