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  • Dear Readers!

    At the beginning of December, delegates from 195 UN member states and the EU travelled to Paris to try and find a compromise to curb global warming – a compromise which all countries should then honour. Their primary goal has been to find a new agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol which ends in 2020. They had not reached the end of their deliberations when this magazine went to print but one thing has become very clear: the significance of the recycling industry as a means to preventing climate change continues to be underestimated. And yet there are so many excellent examples that demonstrate how sending waste for materials recycling not only protects our environment and conserves our dwindling supplies of natural resources but also helps to curb global warming. REMONDIS’ Lippe Plant in Lünen reduces emissions of CO2 equivalents by almost half a million tonnes every year by recycling waste and producing regenerative energy. And this is just one plant in REMONDIS’ network of approx. 500 facilities. If the whole world were to use the full potential of the raw materials and energy hidden in waste, then recycling would put an end to global warming. Logically, Klima Expo.NRW has accepted three more of REMONDIS’ areas of expertise onto its list of qualified projects following the nomination of its biogas plant in Coesfeld at the beginning of the year. These and other recycling plants and projects will help to spread the message that recycling has a long list of advantages and is one of the best ways to counteract climate change.  

    Recycled paper is one of these raw materials that can help curb global warming: it can be used as a substitute for paper made from virgin fibres and so help reduce the need to fell our trees. The following figures clearly demonstrate that sustainable forest management is not at the top of every country’s list. We are currently losing around 13 million hectares or 130,000km² of forest every single year. That is the equivalent to a forest the size of England being cut down every year. Forests are an effective way of preventing climate change as each and every tree absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere. Paper recycling helps protect our forests and probably has the biggest impact on the carbon footprint of our informed society which still turns to paper formats as their main source of information despite the presence of the Internet. REMONDIS provides the paper industry with huge supplies of high quality recycled paper, helping the sector to become more sustainable.

    Sustainability, however, starts before recycling is actually needed. The European Waste Framework Directive puts re-use in second place after waste prevention and ahead of materials recycling. It is, therefore, a logical decision for Daimler, REMONDIS and a number of other partners to set up the world’s largest second use battery storage unit made from used lithium-ion batteries at the Lippe Plant. The batteries, which will come from the growing number of electric cars, still have 90 % of their storage capacity after they can no longer be used in the vehicles – more than enough to help stabilise the grid as more and more electricity is provided by fluctuating regenerative energy sources. After approx.10 years use in this battery storage unit, the batteries can then be sent for efficient materials recycling – perfectly closing the life cycle of this product.

    We would like to thank all our friends, partners and employees for their goodwill and loyalty throughout the past year and wish them a very happy Christmas and all the very best for the New Year. 

    Yours

    Max Koettgen

New head office close to the Arts and Media Centre

  • REMONDIS’ subsidiary, REMEX Mineralstoff GmbH, has begun building its new head office complex in Düsseldorf Harbour which will eventually enable REMEX to unite its various business units – currently located all around the harbour – under one roof. On grounds covering approx. 4,800m2 and not far from the famous Arts and Media Centre designed by star architect Frank Gehry, the new headquarters will provide over 100 employees with a modern workplace right in the very heart of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). REMONDIS’ decision to invest in this area is a clear demonstration of the Westphalian family-run company’s commitment to the city of Düsseldorf, laying the foundation for further growth within the mineral recycling sector.

PPP with the City of Düsseldorf

REMONDIS made its first move to strengthen its business in and around Düsseldorf two years ago when it built a new head office (Karl-Hohmann-Strasse) for REMONDIS Rhein Wupper GmbH. REMONDIS works together with the state capital of Düsseldorf, providing the city authorities with a range of waste management and recycling services via its shares in Awista GmbH, a public private partnership with the City of Düsseldorf (responsible for collecting and recycling municipal household waste), in REMONDIS Rhein Wupper GmbH & Co. KG which collects and recycles commercial waste and markets recyclables, in IDR-EG mbH which specialises in hazardous waste, in KDM GmbH for composting kitchen and garden waste as well as in the city’s central landfill in the Hubbelrath district. All in all, the REMONDIS Group employs around 1,500 people in Düsseldorf alone.

  • The technology used will help to meet the building’s own electricity needs and reduce carbon emissions by

  • Construction work began on 01 November 2015

    The symbolic turf cutting ceremony marking the start of the work on REMEX’s new head office was held on 12 October. REMEX’s managing director, Michael Stoll, welcomed numerous guests to the event including the Mayor of Düsseldorf Thomas Geisel, REMONDIS board member Thomas Conzendorf and Rainer Schäfer, managing director of Rheincargo, who was also there to represent the Neuss-Düsseldorfer Häfen, which had provided the grounds. The actual building work itself began on 01 November 2015 and is expected to have been completed by the end of February 2017. This modern office complex will meet all the latest environmental standards and will also have an energy-efficient ground source heat pump system. As the name suggests, the energy is extracted from the ground via underground probes. The majority of the electricity needed in the new building will be generated by its own photovoltaic panels. By extracting regenerative heat from the ground and by using solar panels to produce its own electricity, the building’s heating and cooling systems will be fully carbon neutral. Plans are for the photovoltaic system to be primarily used to cover the building’s energy requirements. Electricity will be fed into the building’s own electricity network during the interim periods when the offices do not need to be heated or cooled. This technology, therefore, will help to meet the building’s own electricity needs and so reduce carbon emissions by 11,400kg every year. REMEX believes its decision to bring the four office units currently located around the harbour under one roof will greatly increase efficiency and lay the foundation for further growth.

    Enjoying the occasion (from left to right): Rainer Schäfer, managing director of Rheincargo also representing Neuss-Düsseldorfer Häfen, Thomas Geisel, Mayor of Düsseldorf, REMEX managing director Michael Stoll and REMONDIS board member Thomas Conzendorf

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