addressing districts' challenges through
global and modular solutions


In the current context of environmental transition and scarcity of resources, cities face new challenges and have to adapt accordingly. They have to cope with heavy budgetary constraints, as well as the growing expectations of citizens regarding their quality of life.

Today, cities can no longer follow a simple monofunctional logic. This traditional approach is no longer appropriate in the face of current aspirations, which aim to create both lively and affordable neighborhoods. Cities must therefore be transformed in order to be more adaptable, responsive and attentive to their inhabitants. They can also mix different practices so as to create places that would nurture social inclusion and favor the integration of all.

At the heart of these challenges, SUEZ puts at your disposal its experience as integrator and operator of complex urban systems. Its environmental expertise and its ability to innovate are the two pillars on which the Group relies to support the development of your projects.

SUEZ guarantees a long-term management of these districts in compliance with your ambitions in terms of eco-design and financial optimization. This will ensure the strengthening of your economic and social development, and will help you to build a local and circular economy.


key facts

Because facts speak louder than words...


of expansion of Casablanca per year


ecodistricts labeled since 2012 in France


industrial demonstrators for sustainable city in France

meeting your objectives

Our understanding of your ambition to make a district pleasant and appealing

quality of life

  • guarantee the well-being of the users in a healthy environment
  • ensure high security and safety for users and citizens
  • offer an efficient mobility
  • build sustainable facilities

territorial development

  • foster the human development and social mixity
  • develop local services and employment to increase the attractiveness of your territory
  • contribute to the political stability by associating population to the development of the district

district differentiation

  • develop innovative image for your district
  • involve all stakeholders in the district life to increase the visibility of your projects
  • foster a circular and local economy to optimize urban flows and meet users expectations

operational cost optimisation

  • improve cost efficiency
  • minimize and anticipate risks of your projects
  • ensure the construction quality and deadlines

making an impact

SUEZ propose two levels of offer adapted to your territory


Satisfy and secure access to facilities


Get the prerequisites to develop a sustainable and resourceful district

Improve life & health conditions (food, security, hygiene…)

Enhance human developement and lay foundations for social equality & economic growth

Protect and help fragile populations (children, women and elderly people)

Develop local business & employment


  • Access to drinking water and sanitation
  • Integrated water cycle management
  • Energy mix design and operate
  • Local waste recycling with adapted models
  • Nutrient recovery for peri-urban agriculture
  • Local sourcing implementation
  • Stakeholders engagement
  • Community empowerment
  • Sharing and pedagogical spaces
  • Collaborative farm
  • Design and project management

going further - better quality of life

Ensure a better quality of life


Create a people oriented living environment and an attractive place to live

Foster a high quality of life

Protect the health and well-being of users

Ensure project success with the right stakeholders engagement

Maintain economical and environmental performances over time


  • Entire lifespan stakeholders engagement
  • Audit and performance monitoring
  • Analysis and modeling of territories infrastructures
  • Shared and attractive greenspace
  • Biodiversity fostering and preservation strategy
  • Design and project management for networks and infrastructures
  • Security and traffic (telesurveillance, street lighting, roads signals)
  • Smart metering and real-time monitoring
  • Nuisances management
  • Air quality improvement
  • Homecare of elderly and dependent people

going further - stakeholders engagement

Involve all stakeholders in the ecodistrict life


Create a strong community spirit

Enhance circular economy

Foster more intergenerational contact and reduce social isolation

Ensure project success with the right stakeholders engagement

Simplify project management and get people involved at every scale


  • Entire lifespan stakeholders engagement
  • Collaborative platform design
  • Sharing and pedagogical spaces
  • Collaborative farm
  • Eco-recycling center
  • Local recovery of bio-waste for urban agriculture
  • Local sourcing implementation

going further - resilient district

From planning to operation, make the district resilient and the project sustainable


Create an attractive place to live

Manage risks at all phases

Ensure independence and autonomy of the district

Commit to the environment protection

Lay foundations for an adaptive and evolutionary district

Prevent the effects of global warming

Shorten the cycles

Ensure financial sustainability


  • Entire lifespan stakeholders engagement
  • Design and project management (urban planning, wet and dry networks, energy mix)
  • Digital monitoring and decision-support tool
  • Construction site management (logistics and waste)
  • Polluted soils, deconstruction, recycling and recovery
  • Biodiversity fostering and preservation strategy
  • Urban heat island effects minimization
  • Decentralized and source separation solutions
  • Storm water management
  • Design of energy and water efficient buildings
  • Local waste and nutrient recycling and recovery

going further - digital services

Provide and extend digital services to improve operational performance


Optimize urban flows and valorize data (remote services management)

Give a global overview on public services

Improve cost efficiency

Optimize investments

Support and help people to make the digital transition

Share good practices and involve people

Create social links


  • Smart metering and performance monitoring
  • Control and operating center: remote monitoring, Operations & Maintenance.
  • Collaborative digital platform design
  • District operating system: solutions to give citizens access to data
  • Open innovation : build-up and co-construct innovative solutions based on the data collected
  • Entire lifespan stakeholders engagement
  • Partnerships with FabLabs

global references

SUEZ has deployed solutions around the world to improve urban services.

Pneumatic waste collection

Saint-Ouen, France

Pneumatic waste collection

The development project of the Docks' area in Saint-Ouen is transforming a former industrial zone into a residential neighborhood. The objective was to set up an innovative system for waste collection.

SUEZ's solution was to deploy a pneumatic waste collection system integrated to the urban environment and new buildings. 144 drop-off points for household refuse and recyclables connected by 6 km of underground networks serve 5,000 new housings.

This innovative waste collection system offers a modern and efficient refuse collection method. It improves urban image, streamlines separation at the source, reduces per tonne collection costs compared to conventional systems, and offers 24-hour smart service, 365 days a year. It also enables savings in street cleaning costs and in rodent infestation programs.


Wastewaster recovery for heating

Levallois-Perret, France

Thanks to SUEZ, the city can recover wastewater from 10,000 inhabitants by using its calorific value to heat the municipal aquatic center.
The Degrés Bleus solution generates 900mWh/year, accounting for 95% of the heating for the pools at the swimming center. This enables an annual energy bill saving of €48,000, or a cost reduction of 65%.

The solution contributes to the reduction of the environmental footprint:

  • 24% savings on primary energy expenditure
  • 66% reduction of CO2 emissions (150 teq CO2)

Smart Waste Collection


SUEZ is providing smart waste collection to its customers.

It manages more than 10,000 drop-off containers and covers a population of around 3 million residents in Europe.

SUEZ is optimizing waste collection at voluntary drop-off points, by using smart equipment such as waste level telemetry sensors and business application software. This solution allows for the reduction of consumption, CO2 emissions, maintenance and serving costs.

A control center that receives the data from all sensors makes it possible for collection rounds to be organized according to the fill rate, users to be invoiced on the volume of waste generated, and waste treatment center planning to be adapted depending on the volume of waste to be handled.


Sustainable development of the Vallée de la Chimie

Lyon urban metropolis, France

After a previous mission aiming at defining the territorial project’s ambition and assessing the Vallée de la Chimie’s identity, SUEZ, as a member of a multidisciplinary group directed by OMA-Rem Koolhas agency, supports Lyon urban metropolis and its partners in the path of revitalization of the Vallée de la Chimie (800 ha/50 000 employees/highly specialized chemistry industry and cleantechs).

Among the teams’ missions:

  • Translating the master plan into urban infrastructure plans;
  • Monitoring on-site operations;
  • Prefiguration, experimentation, agenda 21 and participation.

SUEZ works hand in hand with the team members on technical, environmental and innovational aspects, especially regarding industrial ecology.



Gonesse Triangle, France

Resulting from a multidisciplinary research program, SYRACUSE® is a tool for cities and urban developers who have the ambition to set up circular economy in targeted territories. SYRACUSE® helps them identify the needs, opportunities and constraints that come along with the transversal integration of urban services (water, energy and waste).

Thanks to the four SYRACUSE® steps (diagnosis - scripting - simulation – test), SUEZ has assisted the public development agency (PDA) of Plaine de France in its reflections on the management of waste resulting from the future activities of Gonesse Triangle.

During the project, the PDA has benefited from a better knowledge of the territorial metabolism, identified proper interlocutors, rejected unfit solutions and questioned its objectives regarding the sustainable development of the Gonesse Triangle project.


URBADVANCED®, stratégie de développement territorial

Courbevoie, France

Urban rehabilitation of a former industrial site in Courbevoie. SUEZ's solutions included:

  • The diagnostic of the needs and resources of the territory
  • The drafting of sustainable development charter in line with the upcoming EcoQuartier labeling
  • Identifying centralized/decentralized solutions adapted to the territory in terms of water, energy, and waste
  • Developing scenarios about possible solutions while measuring the global environmental footprint with URBADVANCED®

URBADVANCED® is a decision support tool that helps local governments to identify which technologies are best suited to their situations and meet their sustainability goals in terms of water, energy and waste management.



Mediouna, Morocco

In Mediouna, Morocco, water is a precious resource. The local authorities have built a new sewage plant to treat wastewater from this town of 40,000 people and from the neighboring douars.

The plant prevents the discharge of 2,800 m3 of industrial and household wastewater into Oued Hassar and allows to produce 3,800 m3 of cleaned water every day. The treated wastewater helps restoring the water table and irrigating cereal crop fields near to the plant.The plant has been equipped with a membrane filtration system, combined with biological treatment.

The SUEZ ReUse solution is in line with the concept of resource circularity at the scale of a town or a district.


Sustainable City Project

Mandalay, Myanmar

SUEZ helped Myanmar’s second city, Mandalay, to face its strong demographic growth and rapid tourism development in a responsible and sustainable way, via the « Mandalay green city development plan ».

SUEZ’s missions:

  • Conducting feasibility studies;
  • Developing solutions to enhance water access, waste treatment, and urban transportation systems;
  • Optimizing energy efficiency and environmental performance of city services.

The project, which took place from 2014 to 2015, revolved around technical aspects and was based on a deep understanding of the local environment, crucial for sustainable development. SUEZ has also conducted an exhaustive analysis through the design of a technical monitoring system.


ASTAINABLE®, Defining and modelling urban ecosystems

Astana, Kazakhstan

The Astainable® project aims to realize a virtual 3-D interactive model of the city to define an urban development strategy for Astana while ensuring an efficient use of resources.

The urban design tool Astainable® (contraction of Astana and sustainable), represents sustainable development scenarios of the city, associated with a wide range of French technical solutions. This decision support tool allows Astana to determine the possible orientations in terms of sustainable urban development.

SUEZ has defined the sustainable development strategy of the project by deploying a systemic approach to urban development through an optimized management of resources: water, energy, waste, nature, biodiversity and urban agriculture.


Digital urban plateform

Saint-Etienne, France

First of its kind in France, Digital Saint-Etienne results from the design, the collaborative development, the distribution and the operation of an open and scalable digital platform that collects, analyses, stocks and shares free urban data (quality of life, mobility, urban services, infrastructures …).

“The Digital Saint-Etienne program should lead to less spending for the inhabitants and reinforce the attractiveness of the area”, said Gaël Perdriau, Mayor of Saint-Etienne city.

The platform is first being experimented in one of Saint-Etienne’s districts, near the city center and listed as a priority in terms of urban renewal.

Digital Saint-Etienne was a winner of the award French sustainable city industrial demonstrator.


Euratlantique Public Development Agency

Bordeaux, France

For its intercommunal (Bordeaux, Bègles et Floirac) land and real estate development, Euratlantique PDA called upon SUEZ to solve different issues (district reconfiguration, recovered and renewable energies).

SUEZ developed tailor-made solutions through a sound dialog with local actors.

  • Assessment of futur districts’ energetic needs;
  • Technical, financial, legal, managerial and environmental studies of various energy deployment scenarios;
  • Formulation of the energy strategy to be followed for the development program;
  • Definition of a method for monitoring real estate projects until building permits are obtained.

Bio-natural gas production

Grenoble and Strasbourg, France

Bio-natural gas production from wastewater is a key issue for resourceful districts, since it is deeply linked to energy independence and public health: green and local energy production, better quality of life (reduction of particles in the air, noise, etc.).

In Grenoble, SUEZ and Gaz Electricité de Grenoble built and operate a bio-natural gas recovery unit to inject the natural gas produced by a wastewater treatment plant (equivalent to 400,000 inhabitants) into the network. A part of the natural gas revenues is paid to Grenoble-Alpes Métropole as fees. The project also enables a local recovery of bio-natural gas in order to provide green fuel for urban transports.

In Strasbourg, SUEZ participates, within a consortium, to the injection of bio-natural gas produced by a wastewater treatment plant into the natural gas network. Supported by the European Life + program, the project ensures the implementation of an integrated technological solution and brings also a financial solution. The bio-natural gas is used to heat 5,000 BBC housings.


Protecting biodiversity in Sevran Terre d'Avenir

Sevran, France

SUEZ conducted the biodiversity study in the Sevran Terre d’Avenir project, for the Plaine de France PDA. The goal of this study was to limit and optimize the impact on biodiversity of this ambitious development project (120 hectares).

Following the garden-city atmosphere of the project, SUEZ realized an inventory of all the biodiversity living on the territory, adopted a critical vision regarding the master plans’ choices, and focused on the compatibility between uses and natural environments thanks to its tool MESANGE®. MESANGE® allows for an innovative and functional approach of biodiversity through the studies of the services provided by natural environments.

SUEZ also came up with communication supports, aiming at sensitizing actors and users on the role played by green spaces, placing biodiversity as an advantageous feature in the design of buildings and districits (label BiodiverCity©)


Influx, predictive management of storm water

Bordeaux, Paris, Marseille, Dijon, Saint-Etienne, Barcelona...

SUEZ has developed a smart tool that provides dynamic management of storm water networks in the event of heavy rain and helps to control flood risks in urban areas. Adaptable to all sizes of storm water networks, it optimizes performance of existing networks, while avoiding overinvestment in the creation of new storm water storage facilities. Influx uses 4,000 parameters, updated 24/7.

This solution provides three different kinds of solutions: a monitoring and warning system thanks to the centralization of weather data), anticipation of overflows and/or pollution risks thanks to real-time modelling of hydraulic, hydrological, river or marine data and a solution of dynamic management (definition of network management strategies and transmission of recommendations for applying them automatically).


Assisting Contracting Owner in the path to sustainable development

Bondoufle, France

The technique and land agency of Paris region (AFTRP, which became Grand Paris Aménagement), has the concession for the concerted development zone of Portes de Bondoufle (91). This agency wants to transform the area into a sustainable district, exemplary in the fields of energy, rain waters, biodiversity and noise pollution.

As a contracting owner assistant in sustainable development, and thanks to the collaboration between technical teams, local representatives and residents, SUEZ has identified key issues for the district and defined objectives in the form of a sustainable development charter.

In charge of the coordination of the sustainable development process aiming at the HQE Aménagement™ certification, Suez has seen its contribution succeed and the project getting the first five steps of the HQE process.



Vilogia, France

More than 150,000 houses equipped with ISI HabitatTM software, encouraging water and electricity conservation. Leveraging on data collected by sensors, ISI Habitat displays for the end-users real-time water and energy consumptions and other data such as air quality.

Average results :

  • 10% of water consumption thanks to leak alerts;
  • minus 25% in heating bills.

SUEZ assists end-users in managing their water & energy consumptions to lower their bills as well as their environmental footprint.


Strategic study on unavoidable energy

Ile-de-France, France

SUEZ carried out a strategic study of production and potential recovery of unavoidable energy (heat originating from industry or from incineration) in the Ile-de-France region, for the French Energy Agency.

By combining data of unavoidable energy production in Ile-de-France and the projections of heating demand in 2015, 2020 and 2030, SUEZ established a strategy for the recovery of this energy and an action plan to implement it on a regional scale.

The project resulted in a methodology reproducible in other regions, the identification of economic, technical and legal opportunities and the possibility to extend the study with concrete action plans for various stakeholders (French energy agency, industries, etc.).


Smart plants watering

Dijon, France

Climate change makes the existence of green spaces crucial to the future of cities. Smart plants watering enables an optimized maintenance of those spaces and from 20 to 50% water savings.

In Dijon, a French town of 150,000 people, SUEZ implemented its solution of smart plants watering.

By giving water only when needed, thanks to humidity sensors and weather predictions, the solution saves considerable amounts of water.

A smart metering system registers past consumptions and supports the management of a tight budget.

Last but not least, the system stops in case of water leaks and sends an alert that helps to plan maintenance operations.


Low carbon strategy

South East Asia

With the French energy agency and the Asian Institute of Technology, SUEZ supported 10 southeast Asian cities from four different countries in the definition of a low carbon strategy.

SUEZ primarily provided a methodological help to choose actions adapted to each local context.

SUEZ first diagnosed each context and local customs and then built a training course and a capacity building program on energy and climate issues for municipal agents.

Thanks to its comprehensive understanding of local issues and its formalization of users’ needs, SUEZ was able to provide an efficient methodological and decision-making support.


Smart Waste Collection

Rennes metropolis, France

SIRIEL is a web portal that enables local authorities to improve the traceability and the control of services delivery, in order to gain complete operational control and improve performances.

SIRIEL makes it possible to share information in real time with field teams connected to the portal, including e-reporting.

New features are regularly added, on demand, in order to gain reactivity and ease of use. Communication between departments also improve: for example, in the case of a recurrent parking obstruction reported by field teams, a local authority can directly ask the police to intervene.

In the Rennes agglomeration, more than 400,000 people in 38 cities benefit from an optimized waste collection, thanks to SIRIEL.



Paris, France

DATACITY is an ambitious program, launched by the city of Paris, and aiming at improving citizens’ quality of life, thanks to data analysis.

SUEZ assisted the NUMA, a startup incubator in charge of the program coordination. The aim was to identify possible improvements in the city, in the following sectors: energy, mobility, environment and quality of life.

DATACITY is a good example of collaboration between entrepreneurs and big companies (Suez, Cisco, Vinci, Nexity, Setec), towards citizen services based on data processing.


Smart metering


SUEZ has deployed more than 2.6 millions smart energy and water meters in Europe for public and private bodies.

  • 1,600,000 meters for French municipalities
  • 750,000 meters for Spanish municipalities
  • 250,000 meters for Water Malta Services Corp & IBM

SUEZ provides modular solutions, customizable according to customer needs: multi-utility, multi-site, consolidation tool, customization and management of sub-metering.



Paris, France

In the frame of the DATACITY program, SUEZ provided support to a startup called E-green, to elaborate a recreational solution against water and energy wastage.

Based on a water and energy consumption measure system for office buildings, Greenpoints is able to detect wastages in real time.

The solution increases awareness among the building’s users, through a digital, playful and collaborative interface, with a challenge to prevent wastage.

The game has positive impacts :

  • 7% water savings;
  • 42% heating savings;
  • 4% electricity savings.

These savings are transformed into earnings donated to the association GERES, aiming at tackling energy poverty.



Barcelona & Castelldefels, Spain

AQUADVANCED™ provides operators of drinking water networks with a modular solution to display the state of the drinking water network and monitor performance in real time.

This makes it possible to target and prioritize interventions in the field, anticipate crises, maintain service quality and improve the network’s yield rate and preserves the resource at all time.

In Barcelona and Castelldefels, in Spain, Aquadvanced allows for the supply of 3,9 inhabitants with drinking water (200 millions m³/year, 4,600 km network).


Anticipating climate change impacts

Paris, France

Between 2012 and 2014, Paris was mandated by the city of Paris to study the strengths and the vulnerabilities of the city, in relation to climate evolutions and resource shortages. This allowed the development of an adaptation component to be added to the Climate Action Plan that was being revised. The adaptation strategy could also be aligned with the Paris territory project.

SUEZ, among other tasks, identified the risks and opportunities linked to climate change, assessed its impacts on activities, natural environments and populations, and elaborated an action plan.


Circular Economy

Grand Roissy, France

The Paris Charles de Gaulle airport (60 millions travels per year) aims at achieving a sustainable growth. SUEZ assisted it in its action towards sustainable development, by strengthening its links with its surroundings and the broader territory of the Grand Roissy.

Several approaches to circular economy have been identified, in partnership with officials from surrounding cities. The study of flows on the territory, combined with a precise analysis of the local business sector, led to the elaboration of pooling and substitution strategies in the five following branches:

  • Public works waste;
  • Textile waste;
  • Organic Waste;
  • Waste stemming from de-icing fluids;
  • Wood and furniture waste.

In addition to technical solutions, SUEZ highlighted the importance of building trust between all stakeholders.


Multi-stakeholder platform to develop solutions for slums

Mumbai, India

Dialogue can be a tool for managing more inclusive services.

In this respect, the Mumbai contract gives responsibility for the development of pilot projects for improving access to water in the slums to a multi-stakeholder platform combining SUEZ, the City of Mumbai and a number of experts and representatives of civil society.

This platform held its first meeting in October 2014.


a SUEZ skill

Thanks to the credibility and the legitimacy of the SUEZ brand, we provide our clients with more than 150 years of:


as an operator of multi-disciplinary industrial and public services with a worldwide presence.


as a leading player on environmental issues, circular economy and resources management.


of territories, stakeholders (businesses, authorities, people) and regulation.


as a customized & innovative solution developer and integrator.


through a prospective & strategic approach to anticipate future development projects.

For more information about our offer, please contact us.