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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

Water management well under control

Istanbul has a history that goes back thousands of years and has always been seen as the point where the East meets the West. What’s more, it has always been famous for its cultural diversity and lively way of life. As a result, the city has steadily grown since it was founded almost 2,700 years ago – a process that is getting faster and faster as modern Turkey develops. This development, however, has brought with it some huge challenges for the city’s planners, engineers, utility companies and environmental service specialists. REMONDIS Aqua is helping out here by managing water services on the Asian side of Istanbul.

Services for 15 million inhabitants

  • 14 of Istanbul’s 25 city districts are situated on the Asian continent on the east bank of the Bosporus. More than one third of the people living in the Turkish metropolis have their home here. All in all, Istanbul has 15 million inhabitants putting it in 15th place on the list of international megacities. The water authorities responsible for water supply and wastewater treatment in this area recently commissioned REMONDIS Aqua’s Turkish subsidiary, to manage the wastewater treatment plants in the Asian part of the city for the second time. No small task as the following figures show.

    Treating wastewater for the City of Istanbul is a mammoth task that needs a network of 51 different plants and facilities

  • Water management well under control

    Every single day, around 3.8 million cubic metres of wastewater are processed in a total of 51 plants. These include 27 biological wastewater treatment plants, 5 wastewater pre-treatment plants, 18 transfer stations as well as a facility that treats wastewater using natural processes. The largest plants first remove any pollutants from the wastewater. The resulting sewage sludge is dewatered, dried and freed of any unpleasant odours before being transformed into heat and electricity in combined heat and power plants. The treated and biologically clean water can then be discharged into the sea via undersea pipelines. A team of 400 employees ensure all these operations run smoothly.

    Jens Meier-Klodt, managing director at REMONDIS Aqua International, was delighted that the company had won a further contract from the Istanbul water authorities. “REMONDIS Aqua is doing an excellent job in Istanbul, treating the wastewater generated by a good one third of the city’s population. We’re really pleased that the authorities have commissioned us again for a further two years – a decision that reflects the quality of our work.”

     

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