Reduce and recover the amount of hazardous and non-hazardous waste evacuated by the Group’s industrial sites worldwide

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ENGIE wishes to reduce the quantities of waste produced by its industrial sites and to increase the rate of recovery of the latter.
The main waste produced by ENGIE, excluding end-of-life equipment, is ash, gypsum, sludge and driftwood. These represent 86% of the waste produced, the rest being qualified as non-specific waste. For each category, a waste is considered as hazardous if it presents one of the critical characteristics (flammability, corrosivity, reactivity or toxicity).
The recovery of waste can take the form of energy recovery, recovery of products or materials, recycling of raw materials, or land application. Each site or activity works on the recovery and/or recycling of its waste, with legislation varying from one region of the world to another.

In 2023, the Group has set operational targets for reducing the production of hazardous waste (-95% in 2030 vs. 2017) and non-hazardous waste (-80% in 2030 vs. 2017).

The reduction of waste production and its recyclability are studied from the design of projects and for the entire life cycle of the activity, in accordance with the waste hierarchy defined by the European Union. This criterion is an integral part of the analysis of the CSR challenges of projects.

The Group, through its research and development teams in particular, also works with designers, suppliers and recycling channels to reduce the impact on resources. For example, ENGIE is involved in the Zebra project, which aims to develop 100% recyclable wind turbine blades.

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Global Business Units, Industrial sites

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