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  • Dear Readers!

    “We are made wise not by the recollection of our past but by the responsibility for our future.” This piece of wisdom was uttered by the great Irish author George Bernard Shaw and it would certainly appear to be true looking at the challenges that humans are having to face today: the need to protect the environment and prevent climate change, to supply sufficient quantities of food and raw materials but to conserve our planet’s natural resources at the same time. Taking on responsibility for the future means nothing less than acting and doing business in a responsible way today so that future generations have a world that they are able to live in. Being a family-run company that is committed to sustainability in each and every sector it operates in, this is exactly what we intend to do. We have, therefore, added a new slogan to reflect this mission:
    From now on, the REMONDIS logo will appear together with the strapline ‘Working for the future’. This is not some empty promise: every day, the 30,000+ people working for REMONDIS prove this is the case by collecting, sorting and processing recyclables, by ensuring our soils are clean and full of nutrients, by supplying water and treating wastewater, by generating sustainable biogas and energy and by carrying out joint public-private sector work to keep cities clean and roads safe. REMONDIS is, therefore, working for the future right now so that our children and their descendants have urban areas and indeed a planet that are worth living in. The present gives us the opportunity to change – and change is definitely what is needed if we wish to shape the future.

    One example in the Netherlands clearly shows that our neighbours are also thinking of the future. When a Dutch municipal company sells all its commercial activities to REMONDIS, it is certainly worth asking why they decided to do this. In an interview with REMONDIS aktuell, ROVA managing director Hans Groenhuis explains how European public procurement law determines whether a company can be awarded an “in-house contract” and why it is advisable for local authorities throughout Europe to think about giving up their commercial activities altogether.

    Just how satisfied are our public sector customers and what can REMONDIS do to further improve the way it supports local authorities to provide public services? We wanted to hear details here and so we asked them. The results of the customer survey, which was carried out by an independent institute on behalf of REMONDIS, are both encouraging and an incentive at the same time. It is certainly good news when not only our regular customers express their great satisfaction with the company but also the overwhelming majority of our past customers who could well imagine working together with REMONDIS again in the future. We will not, however, be sitting back on our laurels. There is always room for improvement when it comes to serving local inhabitants. REMONDIS will be doing everything in its power to optimise its portfolio and to provide both its contractual partners and those receiving its services with the best possible solutions at fair and favourable conditions. Working for people. Working for the future. 

    I hope you enjoy reading this edition of REMONDIS aktuell.
    Yours

    Thomas Conzendorf 

  • High quality processes – signed and sealed

    • WAL-Betrieb GmbH has once again been awarded accreditation in accordance with European quality and environmental management standards. This Senftenberg-based water company, therefore, has shown once again that it fulfils the strict regulations regarding quality and environmental management. Moreover, WAL-Betrieb underwent a further audit: for the first time, its business was checked to see whether it met the energy management standards of ISO 50001. At the end of the audit, it was awarded a certificate for this area, too.

    “When we carry out our business, we are always mindful of how we use our material resources and are always looking to use energy efficiently,” explained Christoph Maschek, a managing director of WAL-Betrieb. Back in 2008, the company began generating electricity at the Brieske sewage treatment plant using a co-digestion facility setting an example of how to produce innovative and low-cost energy. 

    “These certificates certainly give us an edge over our competitors. In particular, though, they ensure that we provide our customers with high quality services that take environmental and energy issues into account,” commented Karin Rusch, also a managing director of WAL-Betrieb GmbH.

REMONDIS and Rhenus at the 2013 AOK company fun run

    Looking forward to the race: REMONDIS employees from Lünen and Unna at the 'AOK company fun run 2013'

    Since 2012, AOK NordWest has been working together with REMONDIS Production GmbH to introduce measures to promote workplace health at the Lippe Plant in Lünen. The traditional ‘AOK company fun run’ is also an event that promotes a healthy lifestyle. Once again a REMONDIS team from the Lippe Plant in Lünen and a team from Rhenus Freight Logistics GmbH & Co. KG in Unna took part in the fun run. Organised by AOK NordWest for the ninth time, it began and ended on the square in front of the town hall in Unna. 4,000 other runners and walkers joined the combined team of the two sister companies to complete the 5.5km course. Neither the runners’ times were recorded nor was there a list of results – the focus of the event was clearly on encouraging sport and on giving those participating an opportunity to meet each other outside their working environment.

  • Abfallwirtschaftszentrum Trittau receives “Green Economy Award”

    • In September, the StFG (Studien- und Fördergesellschaft der Schleswig-Holsteinischen Wirtschaft) presented AWT, a joint venture between REMONDIS and the Buhck Group, with an award in recognition of its eco-friendly and climate-friendly waste recycling processes. In the presence of Dr Robert Habeck, Minister of Energy Transition, Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas of the State of Schleswig- Holstein, and Uli Wachholtz, President of the Federation of Business Associations in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, Abfallwirtschaftszentrum Trittau GmbH & Co. KG (AWT) was presented with this year‘s ”Green Economy Award“ at Kiel Castle.

      Wolfram Gelpke and Holger Pfau receiving their “Green Economy Award”

    AWT won this highly coveted prize as a result of the contribution it makes to protecting the environment and preventing climate change. ”We see this award as being both an endorsement of our work so far and as an incentive to continue our efforts to use modern, ecological and cost-effective technology to protect the environment and find approval for our waste recycling activities,“ commented Wolfram Gelpke and Holger Pfau, both managing directors at AWT.

  • REMONDIS exhibiting at the IFAT in 2014

    • Once again, REMONDIS will be setting up its large exhibition stand at the IFAT in Munich in 2014. The world’s largest trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management is being held at the Exhibition Centre in Munich from 05 to 09 May 2014 and will be focusing on the untapped potential hidden in our waste. It is no longer enough to simply manage waste safely and treat polluted water reliably.

       

    More and more, the hidden energy and raw material potential of waste, wastewater and waste air is being tapped into. Those exhibiting at the environmental technology exhibition IFAT at the Munich Exhibition Centre in 2014 will be presenting the latest technologies and solutions in this area, too – and REMONDIS will be among them. Customers and any other people interested in learning more about these and other topics will be able to meet and talk to the REMONDIS experts at their stand, B1.241/338, in Hall 1.

    The exhibition centre in Munich is hosting the IFAT 2014 which REMONDIS will also be attending

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