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KlimaExpo.NRW officially named the recycling activities at the Lippe Plant in Lünen as one of the best pioneering projects in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) during its annual event, “Climate Protection as an Engine for Progress 2016 – Outstanding Pioneers”, which was held in Düsseldorf on 23 June. KlimaExpo.NRW plans to present twelve pioneering projects from NRW, which have a positive impact on our climate, each year until 2022. It is looking for innovative projects that conserve natural resources and help reduce energy consumption for its “Saving Resources” category – and found this at REMONDIS’ Lippe Plant in Lünen three times over.
“The efforts being made to prevent climate change are an engine for progress for both the economy and society as a whole – and this can clearly be seen by the KlimaExpo.NRW projects. The way the award winners have demonstrated just how sustainable our state can be is truly impressive. They are also a great incentive for all of us to step up our efforts to find innovative business ideas to help prevent climate change,” commented Minister President Hannelore Kraft. At the Lippe Plant in Lünen, industrial and household waste is recycled and turned into primary products for industrial businesses, waste and residual materials are transformed into fuels and, last but by no means least, biomass is recycled or used to generate energy. These three areas of expertise alone reduce greenhouse gas emissions by around 416,000 tonnes every year. A great example of efficient recycling.
REMONDIS’ plant in Lünen is home to a large number of facilities that are able to treat and recycle a wide range of waste for re-use. Sodium aluminate, for example, is recovered and used for treating wastewater or making binding agents and white pigments. FGD gypsum, generated by flue gas desulphurisation systems at fossil fuel power stations, is also processed here and transformed into binding agents.
Three excellent projects were honoured by NRW Environmental Minister Johannes Remmel for the “Saving Resources” category. Managing director Herwart Wilms accepted the award for the Lippe Plant on behalf of the company
“At the Lippe Plant, we turn the things that people no longer want or need into raw materials for new products or into fuels. This award, which KlimaExpo.NRW has presented to us, confirms that we are heading down the right path by looking at the whole picture when it comes to recycling materials. We are, for example, completely energy self-sufficient here in Lünen,” explained Herwart Wilms, managing director at REMONDIS Assets & Services GmbH & Co. KG, who accepted the award in Düsseldorf on behalf of the company.
REMONDIS’ Lippe Plant clearly demonstrates how recycling can help prevent climate change.
KlimaExpo.NRW is a cross-departmental initiative of the state government of NRW. It launched this project to ensure that the energy transition, the measures taken to curb climate change and any changes that have to be made as a result of global warming all act as key driving forces for economic and social development. The overall aim is to present successful innovative projects to as wide an audience as possible – also at international level – as well as to promote further collective action to tackle climate change.