SUEZ Consulting

SUEZ Consulting

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  • Enabling cities and industries

    to shape their green transition

    Offices in
    More than
    years of expertise
    A network of
    agencies in France
    A presence in France less than
    minutes away from our customers

    At SUEZ Consulting, we are committed to preserving and restoring the planet. In partnership with our customers, our ambition is to bring about projects with a positive impact on the environment. We are proud to have made an effective, concrete contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for over 70 years.

    SUEZ Consulting within the SUEZ Group

    SUEZ Consulting is a fully integrated part of Smart & Environmental Solutions (SES), the new global Business Unit at the heart of SUEZ’s transformation. SES aims to accelerate the development of digital solutions and environmental innovations on a global scale to support local authorities, industries and farmers in their environmental transition, while facilitating citizens’ access to sustainable consumption by offering affordable solutions.

    Focused on our customers’ expectations and ecosystems, our approach aims to meets Sustainable Development Goals, regional priorities regarding local attractiveness, and residents’ growing expectations.

    Our network of agencies, located throughout France and in many other countries, provides local project support and guarantees responsive and available teams with a detailed understanding of our customers’ priorities.

    Our clients talk about us

    Designing and bringing to life tomorrow’s cities and the factory of the future
    Creating efficient and sustainable infrastructure to make regions more attractive
    Providing sustainable access to essential services
    Helping to implement public policies
    Reconciling the economic, environmental and social performance of our clients’ projects

    Urban planning

    Urban networks and resilience
    Complex roadways and civil engineering
    Nature in the city
    Connected urban planning and equipment
    New urban mobility
    Environmental labelling and certification
    Rehabilitation of wastelands

    Energy transition
    & climate change

    Renewable energy
    Energy and Climate
    Decentralised power generation


    Surface water
    Water in the city
    Water and wastewater infrastructure
    Port and maritime engineering


    Public financial management and public policy

    Environment & circular economy

    Prevention and management plans
    Waste collection, sorting and storage
    Environmental management
    Statutory studies
    Material and energy recovery
    Consultation and dialogue
    Contaminated sites and soil

    Digital territories

    Development of digital services
    Rollout of superfast broadband


    Multimodal strategies
    Urban transport (road, rail, cable)
    River and maritime transport
    Specific ways and eco-mobility
    Energy and electro-mobility
    MaaS, digital, autonomous transport
    Project management
    Strategic consulting
    Audits / Studies
    Technical assistance

    Strategic consulting

    Starting with the issues that concern you, we will build an operational strategy to achieve your goals

    A holistic, cross-disciplinary approach
    Action plans

    Master planning

    We will provide all the decision-support tools you need to ensure efficient technical and cost planning of your systems as they evolves

    Surveys and baseline assessments
    Numerical modelling
    Scenario development
    Technical and cost planning


    Design of cost-optimised, environmentally sound projects

    Cost optimisation
    Preparation of contract documents


    Managing the construction of your projects while maintaining control over quality, risks, costs and deadlines

    Construction management
    Organisation, planning and coordination
    Commissioning and handover

    Support and maintenance

    Expertise to support the continuous improvement and management of your installations

    Support in the operation and maintenance phases

    Optimisation consultancy


    Environmentally sound end-of-life management including the reuse of construction materials

    Project management for asbestos removal operations
    Statutory studies
    Management of waste streams


    Digital territories



    SAFEGE is born

    Following the nationalisation of the French energy sector in 1947, SAFEGE moves into the consulting engineering business and starts work on the design of the 80 km, 200,000 m3/day Casablanca water transmission system. Now known as Société Anonyme Française d’Études, de Gestion et d’Entreprises, the company changes its name to Société Anonyme Française d’Études in 1965, before taking its present name, SAFEGE, under which it continues to grow as a designer, engineer and innovator.



    Drilling for water below Riyadh

    The future of the Saudi capital is under threat from crippling water shortages.  After scouring the desert with a team of geologists, the SAFEGE engineer, Roman Karpoff, is convinced that Riyadh is underlain by a deep fossil aquifer. Drilling in March 1956 reveals an abundant supply of water of excellent quality. Drilling is continued to a depth of 1,307 metres and pumping begins in September. At the same time, SAFEGE begins work on the design of a rail link between Riyadh and the Red Sea – already demonstrating its capability as a multidisciplinary engineering and development consultancy.


    Planning and designing projects on behalf of Lyonnaise des Eaux

    SAFEGE consolidates its home market and extends its network of offices right across the French territory. Studies for the towns of Morsang-sur-Seine, Cadarache and Aubergenville bring it international recognition as does the design of a suspension railway, a project the company is involved in for over two decades.

    Towards the end of 1956, SAFEGE is commissioned by Lyonnaise des Eaux to explore the possibility of pumping 100,000 m3/day from the Aubergenville wellfield to meet growing demand in the French capital and Paris’s western suburbs. Having prepared the planning submissions, SAFEGE produces the detailed design for the pumping and transmission facilities and the project is completed nearly a year ahead of schedule.


    When the drawing board dream becomes reality

    Less costly than an underground system, less space-consuming than an overground railway, the suspension railway dubbed “The Safege” is seen as the solution of the future to growing congestion in big cities. Launched in 1947, this groundbreaking project culminates in a technical achievement that captures worldwide attention and heralds SAFEGE’s future involvement in the transport and urban development sectors.


    SAFEGE comes to the rescue of Disneyland Paris

    When the Disneyland Paris development falls behind schedule in 1989, Disney enlists the services of SAFEGE to get the operation back on track. SAFEGE thus has to rise to the huge challenges of taking over a project in mid-stream as well as changing requirements on the part of the client and the need to adapt to the client’s modus operandi. For that purpose a dedicated office is set up, staffed by a team of 90 high-calibre people representing 18 different nationalities. The result is that Disney is able to open its first European theme park on time.


    Phnom Penh: one of the best managed water companies in Asia

    After 1992, SAFEGE works in close collaboration with the Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority (PPWSA), for which it carries out numerous studies, project management, and design and construction supervision assignments. After rebuilding a system devastated by years of civil war and setting up a reliable customer management system, the emphasis shifts to expanding the production and treatment facilities and building the pipelines needed to improve the supply of water to a rapidly expanding capital city. With a water-sold/water-produced ratio of 93% and bill collection topping 99%, PPWSA is one of the best managed water companies in Asia.


    Tunnelling below Buenos Aires

    During the ten-year period beginning in 1993, SAFEGE provides engineering services for the rehabilitation and extension of the water distribution and sewer systems of Greater Buenos Aires. The contract is one of the largest of its kind in 30 years, encompassing the feasibility studies, preliminary designs and construction supervision services for the Saavedra-Moron water tunnel (15 km-long, 3.5 m-diameter tunnel of capacity 9 m3/s, excavated at a depth of 30 m), as well as water and wastewater pumping stations, lift stations, drinking water treatment plants, a collector sewer and 1,300 km of primary and secondary water and sewer lines. An additional three million people are connected to the water and sewerage systems by the end of the project.


    Rebuilding Sarajevo

    Following the technical assistance contract undertaken for the Delegation of the European Commission to Bosnia Herzegovina between 1998 and 2001, SAFEGE oversees the work to rebuild a number of public buildings in Sarajevo, including the rehabilitation of the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the construction of the State border service headquarters and the restoration of the Novi Grad Town Hall, BiH Assembly building, the Vijecnica and the Court of BIH.


    ACTIMAR – Operational oceanography for the benefit of the marine environment and its users

    Marine, coastal, harbour and estuary modelling for the benefit of the environment

    In 2007, through its subsidiary Actimar, SAFEGE branches out into the field of operational oceanography, an innovative discipline whose purpose is to provide real-time information on ocean conditions for a very diverse mix of clients, ranging from oil and gas companies, marine renewable energy companies, and ferry operators and shipping companies.


    Superfast broadband for all!

    SIEA, the energy and e-communications authority for the Ain département, awards SAFEGE its first major superfast broadband contract in 2007: a comprehensive design and supervision assignment to rollout out its Li@in network to the western half of the département, and involving the construction of the fibre trunk lines, expansion of the network to cover new communes and the installation of the active transmisssion equipment. The outcome: superfast broadband for 419 communes!


    Design and construction supervision services for the Tours tramway line

    The Greater Tours area has a population of roughly 300,000. The project involves the construction of the first line of a new tram system for the conurbation, running in a north-south direction and serving 29 stations along its 15.5 km length and some 50,000 passengers per day. Classified as a “City of Art and History”, Tours has the most extensive conservation area in France and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, centred around the Loire which bisects the city. SAFEGE, heading up the Infrastructure and Structures Unit, provides comprehensive design and construction supervision services and carries out the bulk of the statutory studies including the environmental impact assessments, studies required under the French Water Act and compulsory purchase procedures.


    A water transfer project for the Setif Hautes Plaines region of Algeria

    The 22 km Système Ouest water transfer system is designed to supply water to the Setif area for drinking water and irrigation purposes. The main components of the system are the Mahouane dam and transfer system from the existing Ighil Emda dam. SAFEGE prepares the detailed designs, provides technical assistance and supervises the construction of the Est (60 km) et Ouest (22 km) transfer systems.


    EXPLICIT – Supporting the regional ecological transition

    SAFEGE acquires all shares in EXPLICIT, following an initial partnership agreement signed in July 2010.  The move reinforces SUEZ Consulting’s expertise when it comes to enhancing energy efficiency, developing renewable energy sources and adaptating to climate change, areas in which EXPLICIT has a 20 year-long track record!


    SAFEGE SAS becomes SUEZ Consulting - SUEZ 's consulting arm

    The SUEZ Environnement Group, which SAFEGE is part of, rolls out its “Single Brand” architecture. Our multidisciplinary engineering and consulting activities become SUEZ’s consulting business. This single brand, the product of more than 150 years of shared history, is designed to meet the expectations of our stakeholders and partners and of our clients, public and private alike. SUEZ’s mission is to provide effective support to cities and industry in meeting the new challenges associated with managing resources sustainably.


    Signature of a historic contract in the Balkans!

    In 2017, SUEZ Consulting signed a study contract for infrastructure projects – the largest technical assistance contract ever secured by Consulting. The Group ensures the preparation of infrastructure projects in the water, transport and energy sectors for the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia) to accompany them in their economic and social development.


    SUEZ Consulting secures the new EU framework contract for the period 2018–2022

    Through four framework contracts with the European Union, consortiums led by SUEZ Consulting have carried out over 600 missions in 80 countries, providing services with a total value of more than 60 million euros. SUEZ Consulting works closely with European and international financial institutions (European Union, European Investment Bank, French Development Agency, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank) on the preparation and implementation of their development support to projects.


    SUEZ Consulting Poland voted Best Quality Employer

    SUEZ Consulting Poland received “Best Quality Employer 2019” certification, which rewards companies that promote the creation of secure, stable jobs while supporting the professional development of their staff. Particular attention was given to recruitment following internships, and our teams are proud of training young talents and contributing to their professional evolution. The diversity of our activities and our wide range of innovative projects enable everyone to find a role and fulfil their potential at SUEZ Consulting.


    SUEZ Consulting joins the global business unit Smart & Environmental Solutions

    Our ambitious Corporate Social Responsibility Pact represents a key stage in the company’s transformation. With seven major commitments, it meets a common goal: to develop environmental, ethical, social and governance-focused priorities at every level of the company, for all our customers and across all regions. These commitments reflect our identity, who we are, and what we aspire to in the future.


    SUEZ Consulting strengthens its commitments!

    Our ambitious Corporate Social Responsibility Pact represents a key stage in the company’s transformation. With seven major commitments, it meets a common goal: to develop environmental, ethical, social and governance-focused priorities at every level of the company, for all our customers and across all regions. These commitments reflect our identity, who we are, and what we aspire to in the future.

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