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  • Dear Readers!

    There is a political stalemate in Germany at the moment. With four of the six parties elected to Germany’s new Parliament failing to find a compromise so that they can form a government, the country’s political future – at the time we went to print – is more uncertain than ever. A so-called Jamaica coalition, which gets its name from the colours of the different parties: black for the two Conservative coalition partners CDU and CSU, yellow for the Liberals FDP, and green for the Bündnis90/Die Grünen (the colours of the Jamaican flag), would appear to no longer be an option after the parties’ exploratory talks broke down on 19 November. At the same time, the Social Democrats seem to be sticking to their decision not to form another ‘grand coalition’ with their Conservative counterparts. There are certainly some huge political hurdles to overcome. Whilst some would prefer more state control, others are looking to follow a more typically liberal course with greater freedom for businesses. The Green’s desire to speed up the move towards an energy sector without fossil fuels (including shutting down coal-fired power stations and getting rid of internal combustion engines earlier than planned) is proving to be an obstacle for those with more conservative political interests. And, whilst the Liberals are finally fighting to expand digital networks in rural areas, the Conservatives would appear to be merely paying digital lip service to this subject.

    And yet there is no time to lose. The economy is already going through a structural change as a result of the next industrial revolution and this revolution is both digital and electrical. It has come at a time when the world is facing the huge challenges of climate change and a growing number of environmental problems which, in the end, will make it difficult to meet the global population’s needs.

    Even sand – a substance we would seem to be surrounded by – is becoming scarce. And, once again, it is our industry that has come up with a solution. If we are to curb global warming, move away from fossil fuels and conserve our planet’s raw materials, then setting up a genuine circular economy must be at the very centre of a government’s policy. If Germany, a country with so few natural resources of its own, is to remain an important industrial location in the future as supplies of raw materials become ever scarcer, then the spotlight must be turned on recycling. Recycling must be at the forefront of everyone’s minds, especially of product designers. The foundations were created for this when the Packaging Law was introduced during the last legislative period as this lays down product responsibility and market-based measures to promote recycling. What is needed now is to transfer these standards so that they apply to all products.
     
    There is always much to celebrate at the end of the year. REMONDIS is, for example, celebrating sixty years of plastics recycling at RE PLANO and, of course, that you – our custom-ers, friends, partners and employees – have remained loyal to us throughout the year. Together, day by day, we can help make the world that little bit more sustainable.
     
    We would like to thank you for your great support and collab-oration over the last twelve months and wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and successful New Year.

    Yours

    Ludger Rethmann

Praise for the company’s commitment to the region

  • Once again, REMONDIS Aqua GmbH & Co. KG invited guests from the worlds of politics, science and business to attend its now traditional REMONDIS Forum, which was held in the German city of Cottbus on 12 and 13 October this year. The venue was chosen to celebrate the cooperation work between the City of Cottbus and LWG Lausitzer Wasser GmbH & Co. KG, a REMONDIS Aqua joint venture. “Thanks to this public private partnership, the city can benefit from the company’s expertise. It’s great to see just how committed REMONDIS is to the region,” commented Holger Kelch, Mayor of Cottbus.

    • (from left to right) Norbert Rethmann, Honorary Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the REMONDIS Group, John C. Kornblum, former US ambassador, Holger Kelch, Mayor of Cottbus, and Andreas Bankamp, Managing Director of REMONDIS Aqua, took a look into the future at the REMONDIS Forum in Cottbus

       

A cultural evening was also on the programme of events

  • REMONDIS Aqua GmbH & Co. KG had also been invited to officially open an exhibition organised by the Kunst-Wasser-Werk Schwerin e.V. [Art Water Factory] on the eve of the forum. The exhibition was in the turbine hall of an old power station and was open to the public every weekend until 05 November.

    Every year, the REMONDIS Forum attracts a large number of distinguished guests and speakers.

    The 12th REMONDIS Forum focused on the subject of “Smart Cities and Future Mobility” this year. Future urban development will be influenced by a number of factors including technical innovations, the interconnections between science and business and the need to reconcile economic and envir-onmental needs. Local councils will face considerable social responsibilities as the population in their cities continues to grow. The smart, interconnected city will improve the quality of life of its citizens by offering an intelligent, innovative infrastructure that will not only make mobility more efficient but also conserve natural resources and reduce human impact on the environment. As always, the REMONDIS Forum provided an ideal stage for discussing this topic with many interesting speeches being held by politicians, scientists and business people.

    Christian Baudis, former boss of Google Germany, talked about the future of digitisation

Distinguished speakers

  • John C. Kornblum, former US ambassador, was among the distinguished speakers this year with his talk focusing on how America and Europe will be affected in these times of change. Christian Baudis, former boss of Google Germany, talked about the effect digitisation will have on start-up companies and on the development of national economies. Chief representative of Rhenus SE & Co. KG, Dr Werner Kook, held a speech on the future of public transport – taking a look back to see what we can learn from past developments. He also provided an insight into Rhenus Veniro’s ‘Mobility 4.0.’ and gave a comprehensive picture of what logistics will look like in the future. Moreover, Marco Di Filippo, an IT security expert, took a humorous look at the future and the potential of digitisation in his talk, “The Internet of Things”.

    • Former US ambassador, John C. Kornblum, holding his speech in Cottbus

       

  • A now traditional event

    The REMONDIS Forum, hosted by REMONDIS Aqua, is held in a different German city every year. Over the years, it has become an important event providing industry specialists, economists, scientists and politicians with an ideal venue to discuss topical subjects. By holding this event, REMONDIS Aqua is further underlining the growing importance of private sector commitment in both the German and international water sectors. 

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