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  • Dear Readers!

    If you look back at the editorial in the last issue of REMONDIS AKTUELL, then you’ll find that the comments made there were almost prophetic. Just one of the topics it mentioned was the droughts in 2018, predicting that we could expect much of the same this year. Here we are, just a few months on, and this prediction has come true. Having analysed empirical evidence and ice cores, the overwhelming majority of climatologists agree that these weather conditions have been caused by industrialised humans – and that they can only be put right by humans. The question here, of course, is how. Most people are focusing on cars, energy generated by fossil fuels and, of course, air travel. Everyone is talking about the electrification of vehicles. You just need to consider the physical facts, however, to realise this will not be easy to implement. Germany’s national grid, for example, would be unable to supply the power needed if all vehicle owners tried to recharge their car batteries at the same time. The question must, therefore, be asked whether electromobility is the right solution. The move towards the electrification of vehicles is well underway though, as is the switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Scientists, however, are predicting that these measures will not be enough on their own. We have another good idea here and one that is practicable – as can be seen by REMONDIS’ daily work. Namely, making the most of the potential of recycling to curb climate change, preferably on a global scale. If humans were to succeed in systematically recovering raw materials and returning them to production cycles and if they were to stop sending waste to landfill (so methane is not produced there), then this would be the third most effective way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Germany made this move back in 2005 when it passed the ‘TASi’ [Technical Directive on the Recycling, Treatment and Disposal of Municipal Waste]. It is high time that a European TASi is drawn up or – even better – a global TASi. We are systematically implementing this law at REMONDIS every single day.

    Looking at the international stage, Russia is intensifying its efforts to reduce the amount of waste it takes to landfill by creating a well-functioning circular economy. The Russian government has launched an initiative that has made it obliga- tory for all 80 Russian regions to appoint a general operator to modernise their regional waste management sector and set up more recycling systems. For many years now, REMONDIS has been running just such a system in Saransk, the capital city of the Russian Republic of Mordovia and – according to a 2010 survey – one of the best cities to live in in Russia. The city is, therefore, acting as a role model, showing the direction that the Russian waste management sector could move in in the future.

    A number of our new apprentices joined the ‘Fridays for Future’ movement when they were at school, calling for more to be done to stop climate change. And so it was a logical decision for them to do their apprenticeship at REMONDIS where they can carve out a sustainable career for themselves, “Every Day for Future” so to speak. REMONDIS’ systematic recycling operations ensure waste is transformed into raw materials, energy and heat and play a considerable role in conserving natural resources and tackling climate change. Welcome to the climate professionals.

    Max Köttgen

Market leader in Europe

  • When BUCHEN UmweltService says that its performance and know-how are growing year on year, then it is certainly not exaggerating. This REMONDIS subsidiary, which specialises in high quality industrial services, is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year. Founded at the start of the Industrial Revolution, it is now one of the leading industrial service providers in Europe.

Constantly looking for innovative ideas

BUCHEN’s success is based on a number of factors that have stood it in good stead throughout its history: technological experience, systematic specialisation and a high innovative spirit. The processes it uses are constantly being optimised and its machinery, technology and systems further developed. Focus has also been put on automation – something that has led to both a higher standard of work and higher work safety levels. Just one example here is in the area of high-pressure water jetting, where BUCHEN has developed hands-free solutions for all its applications. By designing and building its own closed-loop automated systems, the company is continuously driving progress – for example with its BTS Jet Washer system for cleaning tanks and its Closed Loop system for cleaning heat exchangers.

BUCHEN has a wide and varied portfolio of services.

BUCHEN has a wide and varied portfolio of services. One of its special strengths is its ability to deliver a range of specialist services for cleaning and maintaining industrial facilities and plant parts – from nuclear services and heat exchanger services, to sludge dewatering and safety services, all the way through to carrying out turnarounds and cleaning large-scale tanks.

Open Day held to celebrate the anniversary

The spotlight was also on this diverse portfolio during a customer open day that had been organised as part of the company’s anniversary celebrations. Held at the firm’s head office in Cologne-Niehl, the visitors were able to take a closer look at its latest developments, technologies and safety equipment. What’s more, they also had the opportunity to learn more about the complementary services provided by some of its sister companies, such as XERVON’s scaffolding solutions and the predictive maintenance solutions offered by XERVON Instandhaltung. The approx. 100 guests, primarily from the chemicals and refinery industries, were obviously impressed by what they saw – by the breadth of the services as well as by the ongoing focus on work safety, in particular by developing automated processes.

The customer open day was also attended by BUCHEN-ICS. This BUCHEN subsidiary, which specialises in reactor services, catalyst handling, chemical cleaning and tank cleaning work, was founded 40 years ago and so is celebrating its own special anniversary this year as well.

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