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  • Dear Readers!

    Whilst the energy transition “experiment” continues unabated in Germany and the large energy providers find themselves in a difficult situation as they try to find out exactly what their main business now is, REMONDIS – as a consumer – has been taking action and has come up with some innovative solutions to tackle the energy problem. We have, for example, succeeded in considerably reducing energy consumption at our dismantling centre for waste electrical and electronic equipment at the Lippe Plant in Lünen by introducing a new energy management system. Whereas, in the past, it had only been possible to see how much energy the plant was consuming as a whole, a new software system – developed by the company itself – now enables the ­consumption of each individual piece of equipment and each individual light to be recorded. One of the responses to the results generated by this new system was to exchange all the lights in the plant with state-of-the-art LEDs. This has led to more light with fewer carbon emissions and lower costs and this idea is catching on across the whole of the group. This is what we at REMONDIS believe the energy transition to be.

    REMONDIS continues to enjoy healthy growth and not only in its home region of North Rhine-Westphalia. Our family-owned company has been expanding in the countries which are on its list of “core regions”. These include, for example, neighbouring countries such as Poland to the east and the Netherlands to the west. The Dutch recycling firm, van ­Gansewinkel, recently sold its Polish operations to ­REMONDIS. Furthermore, REMONDIS acquired the business locations and activities of the Becker Group in the south of Poland. Thanks to these latest transactions, we have succeeded in expanding our range of services for our Polish customers and strengthening our position on the Polish market – one of the company’s so-called core markets. At the time of going to press, we also received the good news that our Dutch subsidiary has taken over the Dusseldorp Group. This will considerably grow REMONDIS Nederland’s operations in the Dutch recycling sector.

    According to the Federal Office for National Statistics, the total debt of the local and district authorities in Germany lay at around 140 billion euros at the end of 2014 – and this figure is likely to rise. Some councils, however, are of the opinion that they can solve this problem by remunicipalising services that, they believe, fall into the category of “vital public services”. To be able to do this though they must spend large sums of money on setting up the necessary infrastructure – an infrastructure that private sector firms already have in place and which they could offer far more cost-effectively. We know from experience that the best solution is to work together as partners, as can be seen in the City of Freiburg in the Breisgau region. The PPP model continues to be a practicable solution that unites the two worlds in the best possible way and brings the most benefits for the regional economy and the local inhabitants.

    The arrival of hundreds of thousands of refugees in Germany to escape from their war-torn homelands will mean greater challenges as well as some great opportunities for our ­country and local authorities. Let us work together in a spirit of optimism and confidence to create a better future for ­everyone living in our country. REMONDIS is there as always to help and advise its municipal partners. 

    Yours

    Ludger Rethmann

Facing the challenges as a team

  • The state government of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is calling on politicians, businesses and the public to join forces and support its initiative, KlimaExpo.NRW, to tackle the challenges of the energy transition (switching from fossil fuels to renewables) and to make the adjustments needed to prevent climate change. Over the next eight years, this initiative will be showcasing exemplary projects – that are doing precisely this – to as large an audience as possible.

  • REMONDIS playing a leading role

    The objectives behind the NRW government’s ten-year initiative are not only to provide a prominent platform to present the wealth of expertise, technologies and processes used across North Rhine-Westphalia to combat climate change but also to make them known beyond the state borders. The waste management sector has also felt a deep commitment to protecting our climate and natural resources for many years now. In order to drive forward this goal, therefore, a number of stakeholders within the industry decided to found “Klimaschutz durch Kreislaufwirtschaft e. V.” [Recycling to prevent climate change], a non-profit organisation primarily made up of waste management associations and many waste management and recycling companies based in NRW. REMONDIS, of course, was one of the founding members and is also on the board. The aim of the organisation is not only to support KlimaExpo.NRW as a partner but also to ensure the sector itself creates its own momentum to spur on the project. Providing a united front, it will be focusing on promoting measures to slow down climate change.

    The beginning of a strong partnership

    The organisation’s inaugural event took place in SASE’s ­exhibition hall in Iserlohn on 15 June under the patronage of the NRW Minister for the Environment, Johannes Remmel. Mr Remmel also held the keynote speech, during which he highlighted the contribution made by the recycling industry towards preventing climate change. Moreover, the organisation was named an ‘official partner’ of KlimaExpo.NRW. Attended by around 100 people from the worlds of business, politics and water management, the event ­officially launched the future collaboration work between the stakeholders.

Coesfeld biogas plant already an officially recognised KlimaExpo.NRW project

The project to optimise organic waste recycling activities in the district of Coesfeld has already been added to the list of officially recognised KlimaExpo.NRW projects. ­RETERRA, one of the leading businesses processing and recycling ­bio­waste in Germany, opened its biogas plant on the grounds of the compost plant in Coesfeld last year. Dr Heinrich Dornbusch, senior managing director of KlimaExpo.NRW, explained that this project had been singled out because it not only meant that fewer fossil fuels were needed as the biogas was fed into the natural gas network but also because the systematic use of the energy and material contents of the organic waste had helped to reduce waste charges. “This is a particularly positive aspect as we have been able to ­demonstrate that environmental pro­tection can go hand in hand with cost savings,” Dr Heinrich Dornbusch concluded.

  • More projects to follow


    REMONDIS is intending to submit further projects to the ­KlimaExpo.NRW to demonstrate other ways of combating climate change.

    (from left to right) Thomas Patermann, VKU NRW, Deputy Chairman of Klimaschutz durch Kreislaufwirtschaft e.V., Hartmut Haeming, INWesD, Treasurer of the Association, Dr ­Heinrich ­Dornbusch, CEO of Expo Fort­schrittsmotor Klimaschutz GmbH, Johannes Remmel, Minister for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Consumer Protection for NRW, Ernst-Peter Rahlenbeck, Chairman of the ­Association, Wolfgang Jung, Managing Director of Expo Fortschrittsmotor Klima­schutz GmbH, at the inaugural event in Iserlohn

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