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  • Dear Readers!

    At the end of the year, it is never a bad idea to take a look back at what has been achieved and to try and predict what may happen in the coming year. 2014 was a turbulent year in many ways. The current conflicts in Europe and other parts of the world continue to affect the global economic climate. Chancellor Angela Merkel laconically summed up the situation at the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, commenting that it was ‘impossible to overlook the fact that the current geopolitical tensions were not good for growth’. Against this backdrop and despite all the crises, we are very pleased to see that REMONDIS has enjoyed steady growth this year and strengthened its position on the global market. This can, on the one hand, be put down to the realignment and strengthening of our scrap metal activities and our maintenance and services division. On the other hand, REMONDIS has succeeded in expanding its regional presence and extending the reach of its networks both in Germany and abroad. This year, the company has also focused on intensifying its operations in core regions, i.e. in the regions it is expecting to experience long-term growth.

    Since the Solidarnosc era, Poland has developed into a kind of model EU member state with great prospects for growth and a genuine enthusiasm for the European ideal. In this positive economic climate, REMONDIS has not only managed to maintain but also to expand its position on the Polish market – and this can all be put down to the quality of its services and its ability to invest. Examples of this can be found in Stettin, Gliwice and Opole as well as in this issue of the REMONDIS aktuell magazine. Let us attempt to predict what may happen in 2015. Discussions are currently being held in Germany about passing a new recyclables law. We must wait and see just what challenges we will have to face. According to a report published by the Fraunhofer Umsicht Institute, carbon emissions could be reduced by 1.6 million tonnes if absolutely all recyclable waste in the country were to be collected and recycled. This would be the equivalent of a good 6% of the German government’s target to reduce its emissions by at least 40 percent by 2020. REMONDIS, as the biggest water, recycling and industrial services company, is ready and prepared to contribute towards achieving these goals.

    Healthy growth and sustainability will continue to be two sides of the same coin at REMONDIS in 2015. As always, we will drive our business forward to further stabilise and expand our company divisions. Such growth is only possible with well qualified and highly motivated staff and with satisfied customers and partners.

    We would like to use this opportunity to say a big ‘thank you’ to you all and to wish you a very happy Christmas and all the very best for 2015.

    Yours

    Egbert Tölle

REMONDIS working hand in hand with DEG

  • India not only has an enormous potential for growth, it is also looking to modernise its environmental and ­recycling systems – two reasons, therefore, why the REMONDIS Group is looking to expand its activities in the country. Working together with DEG in Cologne, REMONDIS Aqua International GmbH recently developed and implemented a project as part of the develoPPP.de programme run by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Project in the sugar industry

The aim of the project was to introduce a modern, resource-friendly water management system that can be used by the food production industry. Using the sugar industry in India to illustrate this, this two-year project began in April 2012 and was divided up into three different phases. REMONDIS Aqua staff from both Germany and India joined an international, multidisciplinary team which was responsible for ensuring the project was a success. The sugar businesses that took part were located in and around the Indian cities of Pune and Kolhapur.

The international development project lasted two years and was a great success.

The first of the three phases lasted a total of nine months. This preparation stage was used to select suitable partners from the sugar industry for the project, to assess the potential of the water management systems these businesses already had in place and to draw up training measures. The actual project plans were then implemented over a period of twelve months and included training courses for the plant personnel on subjects such as technology, facility operations, workplace safety and the environment. In addition, the water and wastewater facilities at the plants were optimised during this period. Focus during the final three months was on gathering together information and drawing up reports which also included PR measures for promoting sustainability.

Well established on the market

  • For REMONDIS, this project was also an important step towards establishing itself on the Indian market. The information gathered concerning the potential of the Indian market has been particularly useful. The staff were able to get an overview of potential customers in this sector which can be used for future REMONDIS investments. This reliable source of information will help the company in its decision-making processes, especially when it has to decide how and where to invest. Moreover, the project has also led to the company being awarded long-term service agreements to build, operate and maintain wastewater treatment facilities and energy plants. All in all, this cooperation work with development agencies and the success of the project itself have meant that REMONDIS Aqua International has succeeded in establishing itself on the market, paving the way for it to roll out its services for the food processing industry in India.

    India: a densely populated country with a rapidly growing industrial sector

Important knowledge gained for future projects

REMONDIS has learned much from working together with DEG and helping it to implement such an international development programme and will be using this valuable experience to help other regions around the world.

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