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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

Life has become easier for UCL’s customers

  • UCL is an independent provider of innovative analytical services. Its customers particularly ­appreciate the laboratory’s free online access to its information system. UCL has now extended its web offering to include a mobile service app.

Information available no matter where the customers may be

UCL operates modern laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art machinery to enable it to provide its extensive portfolio of environmental, waste, drinking water and air analysis work. Its services range from taking samples, to carrying out routine analysis work, all the way through to developing bespoke processes. Registered customers can now receive an update on their projects or request the results of UCL’s analysis work whenever they want and from wherever they may be. Thanks to this new app, their data can be transmitted to them quickly and securely.

A whole range of information available

The app provides the users with several different ways of calling up information about their projects. All customers, for example, can get an overview of the different analysis work they have commissioned and see what stage each project is at.

UCL offers top quality analytical work ­combined with the highest levels of reliability and an extensive portfolio of services.

In addition, they can track the status of their projects online in real time. Details about possible deviations from ceiling values can also be called up. Moreover, the results of sample analyses can be compared in a matrix via a smartphone or tablet and archived analyses can also be accessed. Customers, who have selected projects, samples and parameters via their app, are also sent an automatic message when the project has been completed. Potential customers interested in the company can use the app to find out more about UCL’s services and about how to contact them. 

Faster and more flexible data access

It is not difficult to see the advantages of this new service app. Dr André Nientiedt, a member of UCL’s executive management team, explained: “Being able to call up their data like this is a huge advantage for our customers. This user-friendly app means projects are easy to track and ­reduces their workload.”

The UCL service app is available via download stores such as the App Store and Google Play Store.

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