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  • Dear Readers!

    Even after just a few months, 2019 is already panning out to be a year full of uncertainty. We are all having to face a variety of challenges. With many of these linked to climate change and the environment, they are automatically affecting the environmental services sector as well. The impact of climate change could be felt all around the world last year with countries being struck by floods, forest fires and drought – and experts are expecting more of the same this year. Both industrial and political decision-makers and consumers across the globe are well aware that urgent measures need to be taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – something that has been further highlighted by the young Swedish environmental activist, Greta Thunberg, who has inspired schoolchildren to take to the streets on Fridays to get adults to finally tackle this problem. This will be a mammoth task as it involves nothing less than halting the loss of biodiversity and ensuring there are sufficient supplies of natural resources for future generations. And this is precisely what REMONDIS does by recovering high quality raw materials from waste. Indeed, there is no other individual measure that is so successful at cutting greenhouse gas emissions and conserving natural resources. And this is why we see it as our task to extend the reach of our services and pass on our know-how to others – especially to other countries – to promote resource-friendly recycling activities.

    Our industry is currently undergoing a technological change that will alter the way many things are done. As the world becomes ever more digital, it is inevitable that this technology will have an impact on our everyday lives as well as on the way we do business. The spread of digitisation, however, is creating its own new set of challenges. The political environment in many regions around the world is also changing which could hamper our cross-border efforts to promote sustainable development. This, of course, also includes the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the growing tensions between the so-called superpowers. We need the support of our politicians so that we can make the world that little bit more sustainable – whether it be the implementation of a Europe-wide landfill ban or the creation of an Ecodesign Directive that takes raw material efficiency into account as well as energy efficiency. All in all, the upcoming European Elections will be an important political milestone for Europe.

    REMONDIS is doing its utmost to turn these challenges into opportunities and to navigate through these stormy seas safely. We are marking out the way for sustainable success by investing in technology and growing our portfolio.

    You can find out more about our plans for the future by taking a look through this latest issue of REMONDIS AKTUELL – and discover how our customers can benefit from our strong and stable services in these volatile times. 

    Yours

    Egbert Tölle

A holiday region offering a wide range of attractions

  • Up to five million people visit the 1,000-year-old imperial city of Goslar and the Harz national park every single year. Offering such a wide range of leisure activities, this region is well worth a visit no matter what time of the year it may be. It is, however, not only a popular destination for hiking, mountain biking and skiing. People from across Germany travel to the city to attend its many special events, such as the annual presentation of the Kaiserring [Emporer’s Ring] art prize and the Verkehrsgerichtstag, a forum focusing on traffic law and policies. All very good reasons, therefore, for taking a look behind the scenes at the town and at EURAWASSER Betriebsführungsgesellschaft mbH Goslar, a REMONDIS Group subsidiary.

Goslar and EURAWASSER – a success story

The public private partnership between the City of Goslar and EURAWASSER began back in 1996. The city council’s decision back then to find a private sector partner to help it convert its sewage treatment plant and drainage system proved to be one that triggered a genuine success story. It resulted in the foundation of the new firm EURAWASSER Betriebsführungsgesellschaft with 30 employees and in the city’s drainage system being improved. It has also led to all of the plants, facilities and equipment being modernised – including the 400km+ sewer network, the central sewage treatment plant (extended to handle wastewater from more than 100,000 inhabitants) and over 20 special structures as well as all of the plant and working equipment and vehicles.

Over the years, this public private partnership (City of Goslar: 51% share, EURAWASSER: 49% share) has invested more than 43 million euros in extending, renewing and converting the wastewater pipe network and the sewage treatment plant. With the partnership proving to be such a success, the City of Goslar made the decision in 2003 to put EURAWASSER in charge of a number of other tasks as well. These new services – cleaning the streets, emptying the waste bins and taking over some winter services – led to the creation of 16 new jobs and a new business division, which is now responsible for ensuring that Goslar’s historical city centre, a UNESCO world heritage site, remains clean and tidy.

  • Many volunteers took part in the Goslar Clean-up Day which was held on 30 March. Their task: to spruce up the town’s streets, parks and paths

Know-how needed in the Harz region as well

  • Over the years, EURAWASSER Betriebsführungsgesellschaft has developed from simply being the operator of the city’s wastewater system into a provider of an extensive portfolio of environmental services for both the public and private sectors. It now serves municipal and commercial businesses across the whole of the Harz region in the German states of Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. Its commercial, industrial and municipal customers make the most of its range of services to ensure their grounds and premises are kept clear of snow, dirt and overgrown plants.

    Holger Fricke, Managing Director of EURAWASSER Betriebsführungsgesellschaft mbH, regularly takes part in the Clean-up Days

    According to Michael Figge, managing director of EURAWASSER Betriebsführungsgesellschaft, one of the main reasons why EURAWASSER has been able to enter into so many new fields of business has been the close ties it has with its customers. “We are continuously further developing our business, both in the area of technology and sales. We are able to do this by remaining in close contact with our customers, partners and universities, such as the Clausthal University of Technology,” explained Michael Figge, who, together with his colleague Holger Fricke, will be doing everything in his power to ensure the company’s positive development continues well into the future.

  • Research subjects, such as the Goslar sewage treatment plant’s “Bio fuel cell” pilot project, promote collaboration work with prestigious universities. The possibility of generating energy from wastewater and sewage sludge has attracted wide interest – as has REMONDIS’ TetraPhos® process, a system used to recover phosphorus from sewage sludge ash

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