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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

Acquisition of RWE Deutschland AG’s 19.06 % share

  • Having recently become a shareholder in ENERVIE Südwestfalen Energie und Wasser AG, the REMONDIS Group has succeeded in adding further activities in the supply and energy sectors to its current portfolio of environmental and water services. Thanks to its acquisition of RWE Deutschland AG’s 19.06 % share in Enervie, REMONDIS has further strengthened its position as a reliable partner for local authorities and their utility companies. One of the biggest challenges Enervie will have to face in the near future is the energy transition, i.e. Germany’s move to switch from fossil fuels to renewables. The advantage here is that Enervie is hugely important for the supply network.

    Focus on renewable energy

    ENERVIE Südwestfalen Energie und Wasser AG has around 400,000 customers and is responsible for supplying them with electricity, gas, heat and drinking water. This group of companies is, therefore, one of the largest independent energy providers (generating its own energy) in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Protecting the environment and preventing climate change are the main components of the ENERVIE Group’s sustainability strategy. It achieves this in a number of different ways, for example by promoting the efficient use of energy, reducing carbon emissions and continuously investing in state-of-the-art equipment. The Group is also focusing on expanding renewable energy in the region.

New strategies

In May 2014, ENERVIE made a fundamental decision to withdraw from conventional electricity production. This decision was in response to the mismanagement of the energy markets – a result of the energy transition – which will mean, looking at the current situation, that it will be impossible to operate conventional coal and gas-fired power stations profitably over the long term. However, due to the limited capacities of the grid, the ENERVIE Group has agreed with the ‘Bundesnetzagentur’ (Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway) to continue to operate its power stations over the medium term to ensure that there are sufficient supplies of power in the region. Thus, Enervie is reacting to the challenges of the energy transition by changing the overall strategy of its business operations and creating a programme to improve results. Central points here are to cut costs, grow efficiency, adjust business strategies and take a close look at investment measures.

  • REMONDIS CEOs join ENERVIE's supervisory board

    In the future, REMONDIS will be using its extensive private-sector expertise to help the ENERVIE Group to overcome the great challenges of the energy transition. On 30 October 2014, REMONDIS managing directors Markus Schmidt and Andreas Bankamp were appointed to the supervisory board of Enervie during the its general meeting of shareholders. They have, therefore, taken over the seats held previously by representatives of RWE Deutschland AG. Moreover, Markus Schmidt was appointed to the executive committee of Enervie’s supervisory board. Markus Schmidt is managing director of REMONDIS Energy & Services GmbH & Co. KG. Andreas Bankamp heads REMONDIS Aqua GmbH & Co. KG. In addition, both are managing directors of REMONDIS Wasser & Energie GmbH.

      Andreas Bankamp, Managing Director of REMONDIS Aqua GmbH & Co. KG

      Markus Schmidt, Managing Director of REMONDIS Energy & Services GmbH & Co. KG

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