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  • Dear Readers!

    Whilst the energy transition “experiment” continues unabated in Germany and the large energy providers find themselves in a difficult situation as they try to find out exactly what their main business now is, REMONDIS – as a consumer – has been taking action and has come up with some innovative solutions to tackle the energy problem. We have, for example, succeeded in considerably reducing energy consumption at our dismantling centre for waste electrical and electronic equipment at the Lippe Plant in Lünen by introducing a new energy management system. Whereas, in the past, it had only been possible to see how much energy the plant was consuming as a whole, a new software system – developed by the company itself – now enables the ­consumption of each individual piece of equipment and each individual light to be recorded. One of the responses to the results generated by this new system was to exchange all the lights in the plant with state-of-the-art LEDs. This has led to more light with fewer carbon emissions and lower costs and this idea is catching on across the whole of the group. This is what we at REMONDIS believe the energy transition to be.

    REMONDIS continues to enjoy healthy growth and not only in its home region of North Rhine-Westphalia. Our family-owned company has been expanding in the countries which are on its list of “core regions”. These include, for example, neighbouring countries such as Poland to the east and the Netherlands to the west. The Dutch recycling firm, van ­Gansewinkel, recently sold its Polish operations to ­REMONDIS. Furthermore, REMONDIS acquired the business locations and activities of the Becker Group in the south of Poland. Thanks to these latest transactions, we have succeeded in expanding our range of services for our Polish customers and strengthening our position on the Polish market – one of the company’s so-called core markets. At the time of going to press, we also received the good news that our Dutch subsidiary has taken over the Dusseldorp Group. This will considerably grow REMONDIS Nederland’s operations in the Dutch recycling sector.

    According to the Federal Office for National Statistics, the total debt of the local and district authorities in Germany lay at around 140 billion euros at the end of 2014 – and this figure is likely to rise. Some councils, however, are of the opinion that they can solve this problem by remunicipalising services that, they believe, fall into the category of “vital public services”. To be able to do this though they must spend large sums of money on setting up the necessary infrastructure – an infrastructure that private sector firms already have in place and which they could offer far more cost-effectively. We know from experience that the best solution is to work together as partners, as can be seen in the City of Freiburg in the Breisgau region. The PPP model continues to be a practicable solution that unites the two worlds in the best possible way and brings the most benefits for the regional economy and the local inhabitants.

    The arrival of hundreds of thousands of refugees in Germany to escape from their war-torn homelands will mean greater challenges as well as some great opportunities for our ­country and local authorities. Let us work together in a spirit of optimism and confidence to create a better future for ­everyone living in our country. REMONDIS is there as always to help and advise its municipal partners. 

    Yours

    Ludger Rethmann

Environmental protection in practice

In April, Greenpeace Russia sent a 15-strong delegation to Mordovia where they visited REMONDIS’ branch in ­Saransk. The Greenpeace members from Moscow and Saint Petersburg were accompanied by a number of ­journalists from Saint Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod specialising in the field of environmental protection. Two MPs from ­Dzerzhinsk Duma joined the group and were also clearly impressed by the methods used to ­segregate waste in Saransk.

Separate collection of waste established many years ago

Set up by REMONDIS almost three years ago, the waste segregation system in Saransk has become part of the city’s everyday life with the local inhabitants now separating their different waste streams as a matter of course. Unfortunately, Mordovia is still one of only a very small number of regions in the Russian Federation to have developed an infrastructure that enables locals to separate their waste. A very good reason, therefore, for Greenpeace to visit REMONDIS’ branch to see the environmental benefits of such systems with their own eyes.

Visit from a Russian delegation

  • Over 500 containers with yellow lids have been distributed around the city of Saransk for disposing of old paper and plastics. On average, each inhabitant produces over 300kg of residual waste every year. Environmental pollution has also dropped considerably since this system was introduced. A special programme was organised for the visitors that included a presentation of the waste segregation project, a tour around the city to see the waste drop-off points and the recyclables sorting plant. With one of the aims of this trip being to exchange experiences, the delegation of experts also attended an event at the 36th school in the City of Saransk that focused on the subject of environmental protection. Pupils from Years 1 to 4 had prepared some interesting performances, scientific speeches and a few creative surprises on the subject. Teaching kindergarten and primary school children about environmental matters is also a particularly important subject in Russia.

    Swetlana Bigesse, CEO, REMONDIS International, promotes recycling across the Russian Federation

  • Russian minister also visits REMONDIS in Germany

    News about the good work being carried out by REMONDIS in Russia is obviously getting around as well – as could be seen by the visit of the Deputy Minister of Building Industry and HCA of the Russian Federation, Mr Andrey Tchibis, this July. The minister first travelled with his delegation of ministerial staff and experts to the AVG waste incineration plant in Cologne, one of REMONDIS’ public private partnership businesses. Tilo Dumuscheit, AVG’s press officer, Michael J. Schneider, REMONDIS’ press officer, and Dr Thomas Rummler from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety explained the benefits of public private partnerships for large-scale municipal waste management projects. The following day, Mr Tchibis visited the REMONDIS Lippe Plant where he was able to see for himself just how effective and efficient the private recycling sector can be. The message to the Russian partners: it is well worth it to set up a resource-friendly recycling industry as it not only protects human health, the environment and the climate but also helps safeguard future supplies of raw materials.

    • The Russian delegation with Andrey Tchibis, Deputy Minister of Building ­Industry and HCA of the Russian Federation (centre left), and Swetlana Bigesse, CEO Russia, REMONDIS International (centre right)

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