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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. 


    Ludger Rethmann

Recipients of the Energy Efficiency Award 2014 with REMONDIS Aqua’s help

  • Oettinger has become one of the largest breweries in Germany thanks to its successful concept of ­offering “top quality at attractive prices” and has received numerous prizes over the years. Last year, it came in second place for the 2014 Energy Efficiency Award: this award was presented to the company’s site in Mönchengladbach in recognition of its commitment to environmental protection and energy management. One of the central features here was the wastewater treatment system built and managed by REMONDIS Aqua.

Collaboration work began four years ago

Almost four years ago, REMONDIS Aqua was commissioned by Oettinger to optimise its water management system at its brewery in Mönchengladbach. This branch, situated in the Lower Rhine region, is Oettinger’s second-largest production site in Germany. It is not only home to the company’s engineering and technology centre, purchasing department and central national and international quality assurance but also to control and logistics and technical support for licensing abroad.

The pioneering RE²ENERGY® process

The wastewater treatment system built and operated by REMONDIS Aqua in Mönchengladbach has been used to produce energy since 2013. It is run using REMONDIS Aqua’s state-of-the-art RE²ENERGY® process. This not only ensures that the water is treated and cleaned to a very high standard but also recycles the contents in the wastewater to produce energy.

REMONDIS Aqua is the ­leading supplier of innovative industrial water management contracting models – and not only in the drinks and food industry.

The biogas produced by the unit is then used in the brewery’s boiler house to heat up the process water. This considerably reduces Oettinger’s consumption of natural gas. At the same time, carbon emissions can be slashed by up to 2.3 million kilograms each year if the RE²ENERGY® facility is used to full capacity – the equivalent of the carbon emissions of around twelve million car miles a year.

Sustainability an integral part of the company’s ­philosophy

“The innovative project for recovering energy from wastewater is exemplary, as it stands out from the more usual energy-efficiency measures,” was the statement given by the panel of judges when presenting the company with the 2014 Energy Efficiency Award. Franz Herrmann, energy manager at the brewery, also believes that the prize-winning wastewater treatment facility is a significant innovation: “The system was introduced in Mönchengladbach as a pilot project and will serve as a model for the other breweries in the Oettinger Group.”

Oettinger places great importance on deploying state-of-the-art technology, as it helps to make processes more efficient and resource-friendly. Having undergone a number of modernisation and expansion phases over the last few years, the Mönchengladbach site is now considered to be one of the most modern production sites in Europe.

Further awards for the brewery

Since then, Oettinger has received a number of other awards for the excellent set-up and performance of its breweries. In the spring, for example, Johannes Remmel, Minister for Agriculture for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), presented the company with the 2014 NRW State Prize for Food. This was followed in the middle of the year by the Federal Award of Honour presented by the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture. This is the highest honour that a brewery can be awarded for its quality services.

Oettinger: from a village brewery to an international group

This family-run business was founded in the Bavarian town of Oettingen in 1731. Today, the Oettinger Group has a workforce of around 1,100 employees and is one of the largest breweries in Germany. Each year, the group’s four production sites fill approx. two billion bottles and cans with beer, beer-mix drinks and soft drinks which are then sold all around the world.

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