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  • Dear Readers!

    Public private partnerships create a win-win situation. There is no better way to sustainably safeguard jobs, create new jobs or use efficient innovations for public services and so help keep local fees and charges stable. And yet one might occasionally get the impression here in Germany that there is currently a kind of trench warfare going on between the public and private sectors. People are talking about the current trend of some local authorities to renationalise services. Something that is threatening to eliminate fair competition. There are a number of impartial studies around that have looked in detail at the pros and cons of nationalisation. The international economics research institute, e.ca economics, for example, discovered that this trend towards nationalisation is one that is catching. On the one hand, districts that have renationalised services in the past are more likely to do so again in the future. Consequently, this effect is seen more often in districts where a large percentage of the services are already being delivered by municipal businesses. On the other hand, there is also a noticeable trend towards local authorities trying to drive private sector competition out of their market, in particular in districts with a low population density.


    Having worked together with local authorities for many years, REMONDIS is, of course, critical of these trends. Each and every day, REMONDIS shows that things are so much better when the public and private sectors work together. Being a partner in 50 PPP companies and delivering services via numerous third party contracts, we have perfected the concept of public private partnerships for all those involved – both when it comes to public services and water management. All in all, REMONDIS and its public sector partners serve over 12 million people. The local authorities and their residents are provided with high quality services at a fair price. At the end of the day, they are the ones who finance the public services via the fees and charges they must pay. At the same time, the municipal partners must keep a close eye on their budgets and economise where necessary. Having a reliable source of income from taxes can also help here. It is well worth taking a look at the way the different tasks are allocated in Germany.

    Around 35% of waste management services are provided by the local authorities themselves via their own municipal companies, which means no VAT is charged on these services. More than one third of the people living in Germany, therefore, do not pay VAT on these public services; and yet at the same time they benefit from the payments made by other local inhabitants as a result of funds being allocated between districts. The local authorities themselves lose out as they receive less tax. An unfair tax situation that ends up hurting everyone. Councils are deliberately choosing not to open up their markets even though this would enable them to cut costs. They are effectively holding back the private sector economy rather than making the most of the opportunity available to them to improve their situation and work together with the private sector to take the pressure off the public purse, increase their workforce, stabilise fees and charges and ensure they have a steady and reliable source of income.


    Both we and our long-standing municipal partners agree that the best solution is to work together as partners. This special edition of our company magazine focuses entirely on the subject of public private partnerships and aims to provide a more detailed picture of the various PPP business models, the advantages they bring for local authorities and their residents as well as the positive impact they have on jobs, on the local economies and on the environment. And, as self-praise is no praise, we are more than happy to give our partners the opportunity to speak about their PPPs here. Local authorities, which would like to have a stable and sustainable budget, to provide their residents with high quality services and to achieve the highest possible levels of sustainability in their waste management and recycling sector, will find some valuable suggestions and experiences here to help them in their decision-making process. Here’s to future collaborations!


    Yours

     

    Thomas Conzendorf

EURAWASSER in Goslar

  • Public private partnerships can be a very successful business model for municipal water management tasks as well. An excellent example of this is the 20-year collaboration between the City of Goslar and EURAWASSER Betriebsführungsgesellschaft mbH, a company owned by REMONDIS Aqua.

    PPP established in 1996

    Goslar is situated in the east of the German state of Lower Saxony and north-west of the Harz, the highest ‘Mittelgebirge’ or Central Uplands in Germany. This former imperial city has a history going back over one thousand years and has a beautiful historical centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 1996, EURAWASSER and the City of Goslar founded a PPP together, Stadtentwässerung Goslar GmbH, which has been managing and treating wastewater for the 55,000 local residents since then.

  • “Goslar has been working together with EURAWASSER since the mid 90s – and has very much benefited from its expertise. I am particularly pleased to see just how committed EURAWASSER is to the region and just what an important and good employer it is.“

    Dr Oliver Junk, Lord Mayor of Goslar

Investing in innovations

Being the company responsible for running Stadtentwässe­rung Goslar GmbH, EURAWASSER Betriebsführungsgesell­schaft mbH initiated a number of comprehensive building measures soon after the PPP had been established. These included centralising the wastewater treatment system and integrating a third treatment stage into the central sewage treatment plant, helping to considerably improve the quality of the wastewater treatment. Since then, the specifications for wastewater treatment have changed continuously and EURAWASSER has met these challenges with technological developments. As a result, around 40 million euros have been invested in the plants and networks by this PPP over the last 20 years.

Strong & sustainable

The other benefits of running a PPP in the water sector are obvious. The REMONDIS Group, with its extensive range of environmentally friendly water and recycling services, works with its company EURAWASSER to provide its customer with high quality services – and always in a professional, future-oriented and sustainable way. Besides running the sewage treatment plants, the company is also responsible for the ca. 450km sewer network and numerous technical facilities. The comprehensive investment and renovation measures carried out to date have ensured that both the plants and network will last well into the future. Moreover, certificates are issued at regular intervals confirming that all quality standards have been met.

Keeping an eye on the future

  • EURAWASSER’s sustainable work here, however, covers so much more than just its core areas of expertise. EURAWASSER is a well-known name in the region as a reliable employer.

    • By extending its portfolio of services, it has succeeded in more than doubling its workforce since 1996. Furthermore, since 2003, EURAWASSER has been responsible for cleaning the roads in Goslar as well as looking after its green spaces and keeping its streets free of snow and ice in winter. Besides being in charge of the business operations, the company also has environmental and social responsibilities. EURAWASSER supports, for example, sports, art and cultural events – making an important contribution to further improving quality of life in Goslar.

      Looking after green spaces is just one of EURAWASSER’s many tasks

Further partnerships

  • In addition to running the wastewater treatment operations in Goslar, EURAWASSER Betriebsführungsgesellschaft mbH also performs this work for the municipalities of Abbenrode and Stapelburg and the District of Nordharz in Saxony-Anhalt. EURAWASSER has also entered into a further partnership with the City of Einbeck and its districts that had previously belonged to Kreiensen. Here, too, they are delivering reliable and professional services, supplying the area with drinking water, treating its wastewater and operating its facilities and pipe networks.

    > Facts & Figures
    Type of partnershipa cooperation model “Stadtentwässerung Goslar GmbH”
    A PPP since1996
    Shareholders51% City of Goslar
    49% EURAWASSER
    No. of employees70
    Areas of responsibility in Goslarwastewater treatment, road cleaning services, winter services
    No. of inhabitants in the catchment area55,000
    Total length of the sewer network450km
    Plants & facilities1 sewage treatment plant, 14 waste­water pumping stations, 11 storage basins for rainwater, 4 storage basins for mixed water

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