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  • Dear Readers!

    Many people will be looking at their calendar with a feeling of disbelief that this turbulent year is already coming to a close. 2021 has been a year that will remain in our memories for a long time to come. Here in Germany, the devastating floods that hit the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and parts of North Rhine-Westphalia were a strong reminder that we finally have to up our efforts and take some serious steps to curb climate change. And while the people living in the affected regions are still clearing up the rubble – also thanks to the rapid help from the circular economy – and working to rebuild their lives, the world met in Glasgow to argue about whether or not to phase out coal. At the same time, covid came back again with a vengeance this autumn. Hesitant politicians and organisational failure came up against a waning vaccine immunity and vaccine scepticism among a minority of the population, who seem determined to ignore scientific facts. And, this year was an election year – the end of the Chancellor Merkel era – and a perfect storm had been brewing in a political vacuum as the slow-moving coalition talks meant the new Government could not take up the reins. It is high time that the right course is set – in politics, in the economy and in society.

    Faced with such difficult situations, it is then almost a minor miracle that our family business has – together with and thanks to our partners and customers – had an exceptionally good year. Much of this can be put down to the global economy restarting in the spring after the strict covid measures were provisionally lifted. The flipside of unrestrained production activities and a highly charged global trade, though, soon became evident: a general shortage of raw materials. Anyone trying to build a house and get hold of timber or plastic pipes in 2021 certainly know all about this problem. As the year drew to an end, it was even difficult to get hold of recycling sacks because, being in such high demand, there is a shortage of recycled plastic pellets.  

    Which brings us to the subjects that unite the essence of the two previous paragraphs: climate action and resource conservation. The wide range of services that our company delivers plays a major role in helping to solve the problems mentioned above. By recycling materials, producing renewable energy and offering sustainable services, we are easing both problems at the same time. Each tonne of raw material recycled by our company not only conserves virgin resources but also cuts large volumes of carbon emissions. Along the way, we are also gradually switching over to climate-neutral logistics. Inspired, by the way, as well by our sister company Transdev, which already deploys whole fleets of electric buses in many cities around the world – a role model and an incentive for us to do even more.

    And so there is some good news as well at the end of this eventful year – and we would like to thank you all for the great collaboration work that made this possible. May we also take this opportunity to wish you a happy Christmas and all the very best for the coming year.

    Yours

    Ludger Rethmann

Highly specialised services for onshore and offshore wind turbines

    • This summer, REMONDIS began serving the wind energy sector. Its newly founded company XERVON Wind offers a full range of highly specialised services that cover the whole life cycle of onshore and offshore wind turbines. Combined with the Group’s portfolio, these range from installing the wind turbines, to ensuring they run safely and reliably, all the way through to dismantling and recycling them.

    XERVON and its sister company BUCHEN make up the REMONDIS Group’s ‘services’ division.

    Being part of the XERVON family, XERVON Wind is also able to call on the expertise of a Group that serves a whole range of industrial and business sectors and is one of the world’s leading providers of technical services. One of the reasons for the Group’s success is its in-depth know-how of the different sectors – something that allows XERVON to draw up bespoke industry-specific solutions to meet their customers’ exact requirements. A successful formula that XERVON Wind will also be making the most of.

Technical services for each and every need

XERVON Wind’s operational business links maintenance and plant construction expertise with the specific set-up of the wind energy sector. And, by doing so, it plays a direct role in helping to increase turbine availability, enhance electricity output and extend the service life of the wind turbines. The individual services delivered by XERVON Wind cover all relevant areas. These include general servicing and maintenance work as well as repairs, engineering projects and complex specialist tasks such as replacing main components and performing retrofits to boost performance.

By collaborating with other REMONDIS Group companies, it is also able to cover additional areas – for example recycling wind turbine components that have reached the end of their service life, in particular the towers, nacelles and gearboxes. Additional options are available as well thanks to its cooperation with REMONDIS’ sister company Rhenus Logistics, which delivers supplies to offshore wind farms and transports components and crews to the platforms.

  • Over 31,100 wind turbines are currently being operated in Germany

First projects at sea

There has already been great interest in XERVON Wind’s services. The company had its first projects just a few days after it officially began operating. Its first two assignments saw it travelling to offshore wind farms with 6MW wind turbines in Germany’s Exclusive Economic Zone in the North Sea, i.e. in the area of water off the German coast. Further offshore projects soon followed as did maintenance tasks for onshore wind turbines.

There are currently around 31,000 onshore and offshore wind turbines in Germany. According to the plans set out in the EEG 2021 [Renewable Energy Sources Act], Germany’s wind power capacities should have increased from the current 55,000 MW to 71,000 MW by 2030 – a growth of around 30%. This will require great effort from the industry, which can now turn to XERVON Wind for sustainable support.

  • “Companies all around the world benefit from the REMONDIS Group’s services. Delivering our expertise to the wind energy sector is a strategic addition to our portfolio that fits in perfectly with our operations and once again underlines what REMONDIS is all about: working tirelessly for a sustainable future.”

    Thomas Breitkopf, Board Member at REMONDIS SE & Co. KG

Helping safeguard supply security

    • XERVON Wind’s activities are a further component in the REMONDIS Group’s portfolio, which is geared towards curbing climate change and protecting natural resources. This winter has shown just how important it is to contribute towards having a sustainable supply of energy. The upsurge in economic activity around the world following the coronavirus lockdowns has led to a global shortage of raw materials – something that has also had a major impact on the energy sector. This high demand coupled with short supplies has pushed up electricity, gas and fuel prices to record levels. With this in mind, reinforcing renewable energies is not only contributing towards ensuring the energy transition and climate neutrality are a success but also towards decreasing dependency on global markets.

    Efficient operations and the best possible electricity output: XERVON Wind focuses on the fundamentals to ensure wind energy can be successfully produced.

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