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
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
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.