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Bremerhaven is looking to become a climate-friendly city and has set itself some tough goals: carbon emissions should have been cut by 40 percent in 2020 compared to the values in 1990. BEG, a public private joint venture between the city and REMONDIS, is helping to push forward the plans and ensure this goal is reached in a sustainable way.
For ten years now, the City of Bremerhaven and REMONDIS have been working together via their joint venture, Bremerhavener Entsorgungsgesellschaft mbH (BEG). Together with its subsidiary BEG logistics GmbH, BEG works in both the recycling and wastewater sectors. Producing climate-friendly heat and electricity plays an important role in both fields of business. Thus, BEG supplies numerous households in Bremerhaven with electricity from its waste incineration plant. And its central sewage treatment plant is practically energy self-sufficient, as it uses the electricity generated by the combined heat and power station which is attached to the plant and runs on sewage gas.
The City of Bremerhaven owns 25.1% of the shares in BEG and REMONDIS 74.9%
Both this and other BEG initiatives are playing an important role in the city’s master plan to actively prevent climate change. When Bremerhaven, for example, was presented with the “European Energy Award” in recognition of its energy-saving measures and efforts to cut carbon emissions, the city paid tribute to BEG and its work.
Protecting the climate and conserving natural resources are also high up on the joint venture’s list when it comes to mobility. BEG is now using the electricity produced from the waste and sewage gas for BEG logistics’ fleet of vehicles. At the moment, only two electric cars are run on this eco-friendly and climate-friendly energy. Nils Hoppe, head of engineering at BEG logistics, commented: “Our electric cars are on the road each and every day so that our engineers can carry out maintenance work along our 600km-long sewer network. This saves a considerable amount of fuel over the year – and every little helps when it comes to preventing climate change.”