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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

Officially commissioned in 2018

  • Wasserversorgungs- und Abwasserzweckverband Güstrow-Bützow-Sternberg, aka WAZ, and EURAWASSER Nord GmbH officially opened their new waterworks in Groß Bäbelin at the end of last year. Numerous guests attended the event to celebrate the successful completion of the water association’s Krakow am See concept.

A new central supply of water

  • This comprehensive concept has included the construction of a state-of-the-art plant for sourcing, transporting, processing and supplying high quality drinking water, a drinking water pipe network stretching eleven kilometres around the Krakower See [Krakow Lake] and the construction of a new drinking water tank with a pressure station – all of which will ensure that the area continues to have a reliable supply of top quality water. The Krakow am See and Groß Bäbelin waterworks, which had previously supplied the town of Krakow am See and 21 other villages with water, are to be shut down and dismantled as the approx. 5,500 local residents will now all get their drinking water from the new waterworks. WAZ and EURAWASSER’s decision to build this new plant had been in response to the deterioration in the quality of the raw water that was in danger of impacting on the quality of the drinking water.

Thinking of the future

“The Rathmann moorlands, residue from a garden centre and a landfill were having a negative effect on the quality of the water. Thanks to this new facility, local residents now have a safe supply of water that will last far into the future,” confirmed Katja Gödke, managing director of WAZ, and Robert Ristow, managing director of EURAWASSER.

The new waterworks will benefit both the local residents and the many tourists travelling to this popular holiday destination. “The number of tourists – and consequently the need for drinking water – is expected to continue to rise and this plant will be able to cover this increased demand in the future. The plant supplies the region with 1.2 million litres of drinking water every day,” explained Robert Ristow. As a REMONDIS Aqua subsidiary, both WAZ and EURAWASSER Nord focused on the environmental aspects when looking to guarantee the quality of the water. And this is the reason why the plant extracts and processes water from wells around 125 metres below ground as at this depth there is no risk of there being any harmful environmental factors.

An investment sum of 4.6 million euros

  • With the construction of the plant costing 4.6 million euros, this is the biggest single investment ever made by WAZ. Amid applause from the mayors, local residents and representatives from the construction firms, district administrator Sebastian Constien, the chairman of WAZ, Christian Grüschow, the managing director of WAZ, Katja Gödke, the managing director of EURAWASSER, Robert Ristow, head of the Krakow am See department, Wilfried Baldermann, and the mayor of Krakow am See, Wolfgang Geistert, together pushed the start button, officially putting the waterworks into operation.

    • (from left to right) Mayor Wilfried Baldermann, District Administrator Sebastian Constien, Robert Ristow (EURAWASSER), Mayor Wolfgang Geistert, Katja Gödke and Christian Grüschow (both WAZ) officially putting the waterworks into operation

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