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  • Dear Readers!

    When looking at the news over the last few months, one could gain the impression that we are witnessing the beginning of the end of global business. In addition to social stability, the aim and objective of any rational government policy must nevertheless be to secure and wherever possible augment the prosperity of citizens. Trade barriers and isolationism lead in the opposite direction. That is why the punitive tariffs or even the Brexit are not the best option. We do not need less globalisation, but rather more if together we are to meet the global challenges of the future. At least the compromise that has now been achieved between the EU and the United Kingdom would appear to offer a very promising temporary solution. 

    “Tomorrow starts today“, is a slogan at REMONDIS, and as a leader in water management and recycling, we and our roughly 32,000 staff members work day in day out so as to preserve the planet as a hospitable place with a high quality of life for coming generations. To this end, we need open borders and as few barriers as possible to business at the international level. REMONDIS is a global player. We provide solutions for our industrial and municipal customers transnationally and efficiently while leveraging considerable synergies. The services we offer are both rooted at the regional level and networked internationally and are unique in terms of their variety in the water management and recycling business. REMONDIS develops many different segments at the same time and ascribes to the principle of vertical integration. Our customers have access to a combined service portfolio ranging from the collection, treatment, recycling, recovery, transport, logistics and water management all the way to industrial services in the area of repair and maintenance. Our customers and partners profit from this, thereby making a contribution to environmental and climate protection. 

    Environmental protection and raw materials management are transnational. From this angle, one could see the Chinese ban on imports of dirty plastic waste, electronic waste, waste paper and additional waste fractions as a major opportunity. With its clear raw materials strategy, the Middle Kingdom is forcing the European recycling industry to change directions. To do this, Europe needs to redouble its own efforts, however. An eco-design directive for the recyclability of products should force all manufacturers to design their products in such a manner so that they can be 100% recycled at the end of their life cycle. The recycling industry should raise the quality of all recycled material to the primary level by means of greater investments in better sorting and recovery as well as innovative new processes. In this regard as well, REMONDIS has been underscoring its role as a leader in innovation with targeted investments. One very promising new strategy is to return plastic waste to its original chemical state, so-called chemical recycling. And last but not least, policy-makers should create a system of economic incentives to foster the use of recycled raw materials by industry. The best raw material is of no use if nobody is interested in buying it. Each and every municipality and city can serve as a good example in public tenders already now and prioritise the advantage to the climate instead of focusing only on the lowest price.

    REMONDIS is at present leading the way by serving as a role model and investing in new plants and equipment.  

    We hope you enjoy reading the new edition of REMONDIS aktuell.

    Yours truly,

    Egbert Tölle

Tour began in September 2017

Together with artists organised in Kunst-Wasser-Werk Schwerin e.V., REMONDIS Aqua is staging a travelling exhibition on the topic of water. Its exhibition, “Artefakt VI“, began its tour in Schwerin in September of last year, then moving into the Turbinensaal in Cottbus, after that continuing on to the REMONDIS head office in Lünen, and ending the tour in Goslar in February.

Impressive exhibits

  • In their exhibition, artists organised in Kunst-Wasser-Werk Schwerin e.V. analyse the topic of water in a creative manner. This makes the exhibition a multi-experiential event. Graphic works, ranging from sculptures all the way to photographs of various striking works, await visitors. With the support of REMONDIS Aqua, persons interested in art can visit the exhibition at four sites one after the other.

    “Standing Waves“ by Ms. Mechthild Breme

Artworks also displayed at the Lippe Plant

The artists selected their home city of Schwerin for the first stage in the travelling exhibition. The rooms at Schwerin Municipal Utility provided the exhibition space there. In Cottbus, the exhibition was shown within the framework of the 2018 REMONDIS Forum. The works of art were displayed in the Turbine Room in the old power station, which has been restored to its original state. Afterwards, the artists exhibited their works in the head office of the REMONDIS Group in Lünen, which is listed as a national monument. The grand opening was accompanied by a family festival at REMONDIS Aqua and a tour of Lippewerk.

Exhibition at a World Cultural Heritage site

  • In Goslar, tangible support was provided by the Rammelsberg World Heritage site. To the tremendous delight of artists and visitors, it was possible to exhibit the art works in the unique atmosphere of the Barite Room of the World Cultural Heritage site.

      Gerhard Lenz M.A., Managing Director of Weltkulturerbe Erzbergwerk Rammelsberg Goslar GmbH and Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Foundation in the Harz Mountains, delivering the opening address 

      Sculpture by Mechthild Breme showing Dr. Oliver Junk, Lord Mayor of the City of Goslar, her art work, entitled “Standing Waves“

Goslar’s Lord Mayor a guest at the official opening

The exhibition was officially opened by Goslar‘s Lord Mayor, Dr. Oliver Junk, and the Managing Director of the Rammelsberg Erzbergwerk World Cultural Heritage, Gerhard Lenz. “This exhibition is at first glance unusual for the mining area. But, he adds immediately, mining would scarcely have been possible on such a scale without water. Continuing on the tour, he points out that “water was the energy source. Without technology based on it, the history of Goslar would have been completely different.“ 

  • “Water was an energy source. Without the technology accompanying it, the history of Goslar would have been completely different.“

    Gerhard Lenz, CEO Weltkulturerbe Erzbergwerk Rammelsberg

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