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					SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT
TOUR CB21 - 16, PLACE DE L'IRIS
92040 PARIS LA DEFENSE CEDEX, FRANCE
TEL: +33 (0)1 58 81 20 00
WWW.SUEZ-ENVIRONNEMENT.COM




PRESS RELEASE
   29 novembre 2010


     SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT            LAUNCHES   BLUE ORANGE,     ITS INNOVATION INVESTMENT FUND
                              FOR NEW WATER AND WASTE TECHNOLOGIES



   SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT is launching Blue Orange, its innovation investment fund to accompany the
   commercial and industrial development of fledgling firms developing innovative technologies in the
   environmental services sector and more specifically water and waste management.

   As Jean-Louis Chaussade, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT's Chief Executive Officer, confirms: "With this
   innovation investment fund, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT is taking up interests in the capital of start-
   ups with the ultimate goal of accelerating the concrete implementation of innovative solutions and
   the release of new offers for all our customers on our markets. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT's history
   has already been marked by several decisive innovations. By investing in these start-ups, we are
   going to further strengthen our expertise and develop our competitiveness through new business
   models driving our growth".


   SEVERAL DOZEN START-UPS ALREADY IDENTIFIED AND FIRST INVESTMENT MADE

   With 50 million euros over 10 years, Blue Orange is positioning itself as an industrial partner and
   investor. The teams from Blue Orange have already received or identified several dozen projects
   for the water and waste sectors, in response for instance to the industrial challenges raised by
   smart networks or biogas production. With a contribution of around 1 million euros, Blue Orange is
   able to help fund start-ups from the outset as well as during their development phases, as a co-
   investor.

   The first example of Blue Orange's investments can be seen in the UK. Blue Orange will be helping
   fund the project of SITA UK, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT's subsidiary, with its partner Cynar, looking to
   launch an activity to transform plastic waste into ready-to-use diesel fuel. The first plant for
   producing this diesel is planned for the end of 2011.


   TRANSFORMING INNOVATION INTO AN INDUSTRIAL ASSET

   Research and innovation lie at the heart of the strategy implemented by SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT,
   which invests 65 million euros in this area each year. The increasing scarcity of natural resources,
   the increase in their cost and the growing expectations of communities and authorities in terms of
   environmental performance are translating into demanding economic and regulatory objectives.
   Faced with these industrial challenges, new processes and techniques need to be developed, in
   terms of both reclaiming waste and protecting and managing water resources.
   Dovetailing with the various initiatives already in place, Blue Orange aims to contribute towards a
   form of innovation that is more open, i.e. more collaborative and responsive, in association with
   customers, research partners and all stakeholders.
BLUE ORANGE WILL BE TAKING PART IN THE FIRST CLEAN GREEN TECH EVENT ON 29              AND   30 NOVEMBER

The Clean Green Event®, Europe's first investment event for cleantech and environmental firms,
will be taking place at the Salons Hoche in Paris on 29 and 30 November 2010.

The Clean Green Event® will bring together more than 50 European cleantech businesses, looking
for funding, in addition to 10 listed micro-caps and around 120 international investors interested in
the cleantech sector.




BLUE ORANGE
Blue Orange is SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT’s corporate investment fund with a prime focus on water and waste
technologies. Blue Orange acts as a minority shareholder and industrial partner: starting from a capital stake
our team nurture the commercial and industrial development of young companies that promote innovative
technologies. With EUR 50 million over 10 years Blue Orange invests at seed, early and development stages.
Two features make Blue Orange a special partner for entrepreneurs and co-investors: SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT’s
worldwide network of cutting-edge experts and scientists; and the commercial and industrial exposure of the
group’s activities in almost every region of the world.
Blue Orange also benefits from the Group’s R&D programmes (EUR 65 million spent in 2009).


SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT
Natural resources are not infinite. Each day, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT (Paris: SEV, Brussels: SEVB) and its
subsidiaries deal with the challenge to protect resources by providing innovative solutions to industries and to
millions of people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT supplies drinking water to 90 million people, provides wastewater
treatment services for 58 million people and collects the waste produced by 46 million people. SUEZ
ENVIRONNEMENT has 65,900 employees and, with its presence on a global scale, is the world’s leader
exclusively dedicated to environmental services. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, a 35.4% GDF SUEZ affiliate, reported
sales turnover of 12.3 billion euros at the end of financial year 2009.



NEW CONTACT DETAILS FROM 8 NOVEMBER 2010

SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT is relocating to La Défense:
TOUR CB21 - 16, PLACE DE L'IRIS - 92040 PARIS LA DEFENSE CEDEX
Tel: +33 (0)1 58 81 20 00

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