The 1% united: a pragmatic response faced with climate disturbance

The major technical Île-de-France utilities utilities (water, energy, waste, sanitation) have decided to pool their means to come to the aid of developing countriesand contribute to a sustainable improvement in the living conditions of populations.

SEDIF (the Île-de-France Water Board), SIAAP (the Interdepartmental Utility for Île-de-France Sanitation) and SIGEIF (The Inter-municipal Utility for Gas and Electricity in Île-de-France) are offering feedback on their activity in terms of decentralised cooperation and will explain about the new opportunities offered by the 1% waste*, in the context of the projects currently being researched with SYCTOM, the metropolitan household waste agency.

*The French orientation law on the development of international solidarity policy of 7th July 2014 authorises municipalities, the EPCI and the diverse competent utilities in terms of household waste processing to carry out cooperative, development assistance or humanitarian actions within the limit of the 1% of resources dedicated to this public service.



Assistant General Manager of Finance and General Administration at Syctom


Visit in Emirats Arabes Unis




Wednesday, 2nd décember 

11h00 – 12h30

Climate Generations Areas - Room 7

Related to the COP21 Conference program

Free entry

Simultaneous English

Those involved


  • André SANTINI, Deputy-Mayor, Chairman of SEDIF
  • Hervé MARSEILLE, Senator-Mayor, Chairman of SYCTOM
  • Michel HERBILLON, Vice-Chairman of SIGEIF
  • Patrick TREMEGE, Paris councilor, Administrator of SIAAP, Chairman of the International Relations Committee of SIAAP

  • Christian CAMBON, Senator-Mayor of Saint Maurice, 1st Vice-Chairman of SEDIF in charge of International Relations and Solidarity

The question of waste management carries major challenges in terms of health and public sanitation, but also protecting the environment. Yet this kind of development aid seems to be less recognised by the international community, probably perceived as less of a priority than access to water, food, energy and education. Yet the urgency is there. The statistical predictions attest to this.


Why commit internationally?

  • To make populations aware of the challenges linked to reduction sorting and recycling waste, with an educative programme on ecology and sustainable development.
  • To improve the living conditions of populations, , by helping with the financing of the municipal waste management service, which is often very costly.
  • To be open to other practices by facilitating feedback.
  • To develop innovation via international dialogues on these questions.


A 3-pronged action programme

  • Decentralised cooperation projects, achieved by a direct partnership with foreign municipalities and making the technical skills, human and financial resources required for creating infrastructures and project support available.
  • Grants for associative projects linked to waste management,led by an expert NGO in this sector, who should commit to making the approach more attractive with the public.
  • Emergency aid following a natural disaster for example.
    These actions will be mainly situated in priority countries for French development aid (Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Djibouti, Comoros, Ghana, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Chad, Togo and Senegal), without necessarily excluding other developing countries.


The ongoing Syctom projects:

Mahajanga (Madagascar) :
  • making the city waste recovery sustainable and implementing a global waste management plan.

Dapaong (Togo) :

  • Improving access to drinking water and sanitation,
  • Making residents aware of paying for the domestic waste management service and the training of public officers for waste management

Projects currently being studied:

Province of Vinh Phuc (Vietnam) : optimised and professional waste management

  • Reducing the saturation of waste and the negative impacts on the environment.
  • Strengthening the local authorities in order to ensure their monitoring, regulation and planning roles.

Ouani (the Comoro Islands) and Sainte-Marie (Madagascar): the option of partnerships around water/sanitation projects and prevention/waste management is being studied.

An international waste processing club coming soon?

Syctom is also studying this avenue, in partnership with its counterparts in Gothenburg, Seoul, Singapore and Helsinki.