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  • Dear Readers!

    When looking at the news over the last few months, one could gain the impression that we are witnessing the beginning of the end of global business. In addition to social stability, the aim and objective of any rational government policy must nevertheless be to secure and wherever possible augment the prosperity of citizens. Trade barriers and isolationism lead in the opposite direction. That is why the punitive tariffs or even the Brexit are not the best option. We do not need less globalisation, but rather more if together we are to meet the global challenges of the future. At least the compromise that has now been achieved between the EU and the United Kingdom would appear to offer a very promising temporary solution. 

    “Tomorrow starts today“, is a slogan at REMONDIS, and as a leader in water management and recycling, we and our roughly 32,000 staff members work day in day out so as to preserve the planet as a hospitable place with a high quality of life for coming generations. To this end, we need open borders and as few barriers as possible to business at the international level. REMONDIS is a global player. We provide solutions for our industrial and municipal customers transnationally and efficiently while leveraging considerable synergies. The services we offer are both rooted at the regional level and networked internationally and are unique in terms of their variety in the water management and recycling business. REMONDIS develops many different segments at the same time and ascribes to the principle of vertical integration. Our customers have access to a combined service portfolio ranging from the collection, treatment, recycling, recovery, transport, logistics and water management all the way to industrial services in the area of repair and maintenance. Our customers and partners profit from this, thereby making a contribution to environmental and climate protection. 

    Environmental protection and raw materials management are transnational. From this angle, one could see the Chinese ban on imports of dirty plastic waste, electronic waste, waste paper and additional waste fractions as a major opportunity. With its clear raw materials strategy, the Middle Kingdom is forcing the European recycling industry to change directions. To do this, Europe needs to redouble its own efforts, however. An eco-design directive for the recyclability of products should force all manufacturers to design their products in such a manner so that they can be 100% recycled at the end of their life cycle. The recycling industry should raise the quality of all recycled material to the primary level by means of greater investments in better sorting and recovery as well as innovative new processes. In this regard as well, REMONDIS has been underscoring its role as a leader in innovation with targeted investments. One very promising new strategy is to return plastic waste to its original chemical state, so-called chemical recycling. And last but not least, policy-makers should create a system of economic incentives to foster the use of recycled raw materials by industry. The best raw material is of no use if nobody is interested in buying it. Each and every municipality and city can serve as a good example in public tenders already now and prioritise the advantage to the climate instead of focusing only on the lowest price.

    REMONDIS is at present leading the way by serving as a role model and investing in new plants and equipment.  

    We hope you enjoy reading the new edition of REMONDIS aktuell.

    Yours truly,

    Egbert Tölle

A unique opportunity to add value

Enterprises that can officially demonstrate that they make an active contribution to environmental and climate protection enjoy a competitive advantage already today. With the new sustainability certificate issued by Metallrecycler TSR itself, the company is making its customers more aware of efficient use of raw materials already now. The certificate is unique with regard to specialisation in ferrous scrap and non-ferrous metals.

Recycling is the future

The topic of sustainability is omnipresent in the metal-working industry as well: reserves of primary raw materials like iron ore are not unlimited, social standards in the countries producing these raw materials are frequently difficult to assess and processing of materials goes hand in hand with high energy consumption and carbon dioxide output. Recycling raw materials offers a wise alternative. “The conscientious use of resources plays a key role in the entire sector. The fact that we are now able to certify the sustainability of each of our customers clearly sets us off from our competitors,“ emphasises Olaf Pusch, head of Key Account Management at TSR. He considers the seal developed by the shareholder REMONDIS to be an especially good tool with which to secure the supply of valuable raw materials like metals and iron. Thanks to specialisation in 17 types of non-ferrous metals and iron scrap, the TSR sustainability certificate is unique in the market.

Being sustainable creates a competitive edge

  • Recycling produces immeasurable positive effects on the environment and the climate. To determine this precisely, TSR uses a calculation tool based on scientific findings that was jointly developed with the independent Fraunhofer Institute for the Environment, Safety and Energy Technology – referred to as UMSICHT for short. It shows the savings on primary raw materials as well as energy and carbon dioxide tailored to individual companies. Every step in the cycle, such as transport, preliminary treatment and recycling, is taken into account in the overall equation.

    Further information about the sustainability certificate for ferrous and non-ferrous scrap can be found at tsr.eu

    • With its sustainability certificate, TSR offers its customers a competitive advantage in their own business activities. “They receive a seal of quality with which they cultivate a positive image in the market and make themselves especially attractive for regular and potential new customers,“ Olaf Pusch remarks.

       

      Sample certificate: Every customer of TSR can now order a sustainability certificate showing the positive impact on the environment in concrete figures. These are issued using the basis of a calculation method developed by ATZ/Fraunhofer Institute.

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