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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 

  • An ever growing number of cruise ships

    • The City of Rostock has become an important harbour for cruise ships operating on the Baltic Sea. Indeed the number of cruisers calling at the port of Warnemünde, a resort on the Baltic Sea coast, has been increasing year on year and Warnemünde is expecting a record number of ships in 2013.

    28 cruise companies from all round the world use the harbour and 40 of their ships are due to call at the port a total of 197 times this year. Professional services are needed if these ships are to be made ready quickly and smoothly. EURAWASSER recently extended its portfolio of services to meet the needs of these cruise businesses.

  • A unique service for the Baltic Sea

    EURAWASSER specialises in water and wastewater facilities and is now looking to use its know-how to service such equipment on board cruise ships as well as to collect and take away their wastewater. Working together with Hafen-Entwicklungsgesellschaft Rostock mbH (HERO), a cruise ship terminal has now been set up in Warnemünde which can remove wastewater from ships. This is the first such facility on the Baltic Sea. Last year, 20,000 cubic metres of wastewater were removed from cruise liners during their lay time at Warnemünde Harbour before being treated at the central sewage treatment plant. 

    The cruise business is booming which, in turn, means harbours must extend their wastewater services.

    The company is expecting to exceed this figure in 2013. “This service further underlines EURAWASSER’s position as an important service provider in this region. In addition, it strengthens Rostock Warnemünde Harbour’s reputation as a competent service provider for cruise liners and helps to prevent wastewater from being discharged into the Baltic Sea,” explained Julia Behrendt, managing director of EURAWASSER Nord GmbH.

  • ”This service further underlines EURAWASSER’s position as an important service provider in this region. In addition, it strengthens Rostock Warnemünde Harbour’s reputation as a competent service provider for cruise liners and helps to prevent wastewater from being discharged into the Baltic Sea.”

    Julia Behrendt, managing director of EURAWASSER Nord GmbH

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