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The resource revolution needs women

Discover Jun Jun, Annelise, Marie-Ange, and Xue Jun, who work daily to reconcile growth and the environment

 

# Jun Jun uses her knowledge in hazardous waste to train young talent for the industry’s sustainable developments.

 

Jun Jun Wu - Lab Supervisor of R&D Centre SCIP (China)

"I encourage women to pursue their passion."

 

When and how did you start your commitment towards better resource management?

I have always been fascinated by resource preservation, and I always would like to contribute to a favorable living environment by using my professional knowledge. I majored in environmental engineering and right after my graduation in 20018, I joined Shanghai Chemical Industry Park SITA Services Company Limited. 

 

Can you give one or two examples of your contributions to the circular economy?

I am working in the lab testing department of a Waste to Energy plant. As China’s economy develops and progresses rapidly, the companies we serve, are increasingly producing industrial waste. We need to properly treat the waste and recycle them into useful resources to maintain the continuous operation of the park while minimizing the environmental impacts. With over 10 years of experience and professional knowledge in environmental industry, I provide reliable lab testing data for the pre-treatment of hazardous waste to ensure the stability of the whole treatment process. I also provide supporting data to control emission levels to comply with the legal standards and to minimize the impacts on the environment and the community.
The work in the lab department of a Waste to Energy plant involves a vast number of details and can be tough. In this context, to train and retain young talents is critical in maintaining the industry’s sustainable development. I am pleased to share my knowledge and experience with them. 

 

And what would be your message to other women to act?

This new era is the best for women to shine and increasingly take up more key roles in their careers and organizations. I encourage women to pursue their passion, to make great contributions applying their talents in their professions.


 

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# Annelise supports local authorities and companies in the implementation of solutions that preserve natural resources and the attractiveness of the regions. 

 

Annelise Avril - Chief Executive Officer SUEZ’s Consulting activity

"Women must take an active part in decision making process along all other players to develop inclusive and sustainable solutions to effectively preserve resources."

 

When and how did you start your commitment towards better resource management?

I have always been motivated by the preservation of the resource. From the beginning of my career, in 1995 at SUEZ Consulting, I was driven by the practical projects that serve this objective. I worked on one of the first Water Development and Management Plans in the Oise French region. This tool, which was introduced by the 1992 Water Act, aims to implement planned, balanced and sustainable management of this resource. I am also co-author with the Senator Jacques Oudin of a book published in 1999 entitled "Water in France, what strategy for tomorrow?", which made practical recommendations for the development of the future Law on Water and Aquatic Environments.

 

Can you give one or two examples of your contributions to the circular economy?

Under my leadership at Allwater in Australia, we developed for the first time in this country and within SUEZ a co-digestion unit to produce power from both urban wastewater sludge and a wide range of fermentable waste deposits such as dairy, sodas, vegetables. These were delivered by the SUEZ R&R teams to a wastewater treatment plant located in the South of the country in Glenelg. Thanks to this unit and our ongoing efforts in terms of energy efficiency, we became the first Australian company certified for energy (ISO 50001) and we received the 2016 South Australia Environment Minister's High Commendation for Climate Change Leadership. As part of the development of our deconstruction activities at SUEZ Consulting, I can also mention the example of the deconstruction project of the Raby Defense site in Bron (Rhône, France), for which we are in charge of the design and supervision of the works. 90% of the materials will be recycled or reused on site, i.e. 103,000 tonnes, a rate that largely exceeds the obligation to recover 70% of the construction waste provided for by the law on energy transition and green growth.

 

And what would be your message to other women to act?

The issues related to resource conservation and the circular economy are increasingly complex and interconnected. New and innovative responses must be found. I deeply believe in the benefits of diversity to come up with original and adequate solutions. Women must therefore work with all the other players, take an active part in the decision making processes, to combine all ideas and approaches in order to come up with inclusive and sustainable solutions, promote them, and finally put them into practice.

 

 

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# With SUEZ and throughout the world, Marie-Ange is supporting the transition to a circular economy in favour of more environmentally friendly development. 

 

Marie-Ange Debon - Group Senior Executive VP of SUEZ in France, Italy and Central Europe.

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"SUEZ needs the commitment of all stakeholders: citizens, communities, companies... Women are obviously part of this ecosystem"

 

When and how did you start your commitment towards better resource management ?

I have been committed for more than ten years to better manage resources. During my previous professional experiences, I was involved in setting up the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling system. With SUEZ, my commitment has obviously increased. Leading circular economic strategies in different countries allows me to improve resource management in a broader and more diversified ways.

 

Can you give one or two examples of your contributions to the circular economy?

SUEZ's expertise is all over the world. In Amman, the capital city of Jordan, wastewater treatment provides 10% of the city's irrigation needs. Furthermore, the treatment plant is self-sufficient in terms of energy. In France, each year, the "Plastiques Atlantique" plant located in Bayonne allows us to recycle nearly 17,000 tonnes of "PET" plastic from bottles, to give them a second life.

We are actively looking to the future and to manage resources more efficiently. To this end, we are relying on the growth of digital technology and new processes to support the development of smart cities, consuming resources effectively and being resilient to climate change.

 

And what would be your message to other women to act ?

I am committed to gender diversity and to ensuring that women fulfill more operational and technical positions and have better access to senior roles. We are all actors in the circular economy. A leader like SUEZ needs the commitment of all stakeholders: citizens, communities, companies... Women are obviously part of this ecosystem.

 

 

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# Under Xue Jun guidance, the Park has been selected as the first batch of Ecological-Friendly Industrial Parks in China.

 

Xue Jun Wang - Director of Suzhou Industrial Park Land and Environmental Protection Bureau

"Whether they are housewives or working-women, every woman should enjoy herself and exerting the best efforts to achieve her target. The resource revolution is one of them."

 

When and how did you start your commitment towards better resource management?

I was a chemistry major in one of China’s renown university, Fudan University. In 1995, I was recruited by Suzhou Industry Park Environmental Protection Bureau. Then in 1999, with the government sponsorship I went to further my studies in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which enabled me to apply leading environmental management knowledge and experience from United States in Suzhou Industry Park. From then on, my life has been inextricably bonded with the environmental industry and with Suzhou Industry Park. 

 

Can you give one or two examples of your contributions to the circular economy?

Being the Director of Suzhou Industry Park Environmental Protection Bureau, my role is to be the controller and advisor for the Park’s environmental management. I evaluate the new projects and reject those with high environmental risks. Adopting the innovative circular economy model to the Park, I pushed forward projects that recycle hazardous waste and sludge produced in the Park into repurposed resources. By introducing SUEZ, the world’s leading player in environmental services, we successfully developed the sludge disposal and resource reuse project in the Park. 

 

And what would be your message to other women to act?

"Whether they are housewives or working-women, every woman should enjoy herself and exerting the best efforts to achieve her target. The resource revolution is one of them."

 

 

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# At SUEZ, Ana offers to customers tangible solutions that meet the needs of populations, industries and that respond to environmental issues.

 

Ana Giros - CEO SUEZ in Latin America and Executive VP Industrial Markets & Key Account

"To the women leaders of tomorrow; find the career path you love, become skilled professionals and remain convinced that diversity is an enrichment."

 

When and how did you start your commitment towards better resource management?

Above all, one conviction: it is urgent to preserve our planet for future generations.

In 2015, when I joined the SUEZ Group, I was able to help provide our customers in Latin America with concrete solutions in order to limit the environmental impact and meet the essential needs of their populations. I have also been able to support the evolution of our increasingly holistic value proposition in the industry.

 

Can you give one or two examples of your contributions to the circular economy?

The circular economy is, for example, about transforming wastewater into new bioresources through the reuse of water once it has been treated, and through sludge recovery into secondary materials and energy. We call them Biofactorias, that we operate in Chile and Mexico. 

The circular economy requires a paradigm shift, both in business understanding to better define our customers' challenges, and in technical knowledge to offer concrete and innovative solutions. My contribution is also to promote and support local talents in our sectors, in particular our female talents; to offer them sales positions or to encourage the young generations to choose scientific and technical university studies.

 

And what would be your message to other women to act?

Find the career path you love, become skilled professionals and remain convinced that diversity is an enrichment for the entire Group.

 


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