Suez announced on Wednesday that it will provide composting services to Azura, a Franco-Moroccan fruit and vegetable producer. Under two new six-year contracts, the French environmental services company is to operate composting platforms processing organic waste generated by Azura's activities in the Agadir and Dakhla regions of southern Morocco, according to the contract announcement.
A combined 116,000 tonnes of organic waste is to be processed annually, producing 42,000 tonnes of compost and 43,000 tonnes of "semi-finished refuse derived fuel (RDF)", according to Suez. The compost is to be sold to agricultural producers in the region. In the context of water stress, Suez highlighted the value of compost as a soil amendment which increases water retention and improves soil quality while returning carbon to the soil.
The implementation of composting units for its organic waste are to reduce Azura's carbon footprint by around 16,000 tonnes of CO2eq each year, according to the agribusiness company. Azura already reduced its CO2 emissions by 20 per cent between 2010 and 2020. The remaining emissions from its tomato, herb, and flower production are offset.
Suez said that it has been active in the management and recycling of waste from the Azura group since 2020. "This contract marks a new stage in the relationship with Azura. It is a testament to the ability of Suez's teams in Morocco to continuously offer its customers resilient and innovative, differentiating, and high value-added solutions to mitigate the environmental impact of their activities. The know-how of our local teams, at the service of Azura and other Moroccan companies, also contributes to local economic growth," underlined Benjamin Vauthier, general managing director of Suez in Morocco.