Lower water and energy use

Veolia and L’Oréal have designed a unique solution for treating and recycling wastewater at the Suzhou plant in China’s Jiangsu province.



L’Oréal enlisted Veolia’s help in developing a more environmentally efficient wastewater treatment facility for the L’Oréal plant in Suzhou, China. The new facility, which has been gradually ramping up operations since November 2012, will ultimately cut the plant’s operating costs thanks to a 8.5% reduction in energy use.


The Veolia-designed solutions at the new treatment plant aim to halve the volume of waste and expand treatment capacity, resulting in smaller water and carbon footprints. Inspired by the success of the Suzhou facility – the first of its kind in the global cosmetics industry – L’Oréal called on Veolia to build an even more efficient wastewater treatment plant for its site in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. With this latest installation, L’Oréal Mexico will reduce the environmental impact of its effluent in an arid region. L’Oréal was honored at the 2013 Global Water Summit for its achievements in water management.
Jean-Philippe Filhol
CEO, Asia Industrial, Veolia Water Technologies

 “This marks the first time the cosmetics industry has embraced a holistic approach to water management. As a result, we’ve been able to reduce water consumption and generate clean energy at the same time.”


Key figures

  • 58% reduction in sludge production
  • 82% reduction in CO2 emissions from waste transport

Customer benefits

  • Lower operating costs
  • Increased production


  • Wastewater treatment: engineering-design and operation of treatment facilities


8.5% reduction in energy use

Smaller water and carbon footprints