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  • Dear Readers!

    “We are made wise not by the recollection of our past but by the responsibility for our future.” This piece of wisdom was uttered by the great Irish author George Bernard Shaw and it would certainly appear to be true looking at the challenges that humans are having to face today: the need to protect the environment and prevent climate change, to supply sufficient quantities of food and raw materials but to conserve our planet’s natural resources at the same time. Taking on responsibility for the future means nothing less than acting and doing business in a responsible way today so that future generations have a world that they are able to live in. Being a family-run company that is committed to sustainability in each and every sector it operates in, this is exactly what we intend to do. We have, therefore, added a new slogan to reflect this mission:
    From now on, the REMONDIS logo will appear together with the strapline ‘Working for the future’. This is not some empty promise: every day, the 30,000+ people working for REMONDIS prove this is the case by collecting, sorting and processing recyclables, by ensuring our soils are clean and full of nutrients, by supplying water and treating wastewater, by generating sustainable biogas and energy and by carrying out joint public-private sector work to keep cities clean and roads safe. REMONDIS is, therefore, working for the future right now so that our children and their descendants have urban areas and indeed a planet that are worth living in. The present gives us the opportunity to change – and change is definitely what is needed if we wish to shape the future.

    One example in the Netherlands clearly shows that our neighbours are also thinking of the future. When a Dutch municipal company sells all its commercial activities to REMONDIS, it is certainly worth asking why they decided to do this. In an interview with REMONDIS aktuell, ROVA managing director Hans Groenhuis explains how European public procurement law determines whether a company can be awarded an “in-house contract” and why it is advisable for local authorities throughout Europe to think about giving up their commercial activities altogether.

    Just how satisfied are our public sector customers and what can REMONDIS do to further improve the way it supports local authorities to provide public services? We wanted to hear details here and so we asked them. The results of the customer survey, which was carried out by an independent institute on behalf of REMONDIS, are both encouraging and an incentive at the same time. It is certainly good news when not only our regular customers express their great satisfaction with the company but also the overwhelming majority of our past customers who could well imagine working together with REMONDIS again in the future. We will not, however, be sitting back on our laurels. There is always room for improvement when it comes to serving local inhabitants. REMONDIS will be doing everything in its power to optimise its portfolio and to provide both its contractual partners and those receiving its services with the best possible solutions at fair and favourable conditions. Working for people. Working for the future. 

    I hope you enjoy reading this edition of REMONDIS aktuell.

    Thomas Conzendorf 

Urbanisation a challenge for the water sector

  • India has had to face huge challenges when it comes to managing its water supplies. This can be put down to a number of factors including the rapid growth of its population, its industrial sector and its cities. These challenges can only be overcome with help from the private sector and this is precisely what REMONDIS Aqua has been doing on the subcontinent for a number of years now.

Based in the main IT and automobile centre

  • REMONDIS Aqua India was founded in 2009 and is based in Pune, a city with over a million inhabitants in the west of the country and one of the main IT and automobile centres in India. REMONDIS manages all of its activities from here which now not only cover the whole of the state of Maharashtra but can also, increasingly, be found in the neighbouring states of Gujarat, Goa and Rajasthan. A total of almost 250 million people live in this important economic region.

    REMONDIS Aqua India's team in Pune

Facility expertise from planning to commissioning

  • REMONDIS Aqua’s ever increasing circle of customers in India includes both industrial businesses and local authorities. As their partner, REMONDIS offers its expertise helping them to plan, build and operate water management facilities. Thanks to this service, which is generally known simply as BOT (build, operate, transfer), REMONDIS has built up a strong reputation on the Indian market within just a few years.

Well-known customers from the automobile industry

  • Just one example of the comprehensive range of activities performed by REMONDIS is wastewater treatment in the booming automobile sector, whose industrial wastewater is treated using complex chemical/physical and biological processes. Here, for example, REMONDIS planned and built and now operates a wastewater treatment facility for Volkswagen India at its production plant in Pune helping to provide its customer with an efficient water management system.

Facility operator in the electronics and chemicals sectors

  • The company also serves well-known customers in the IT sector including JABIL, a large American company specialising in efficient production processes. Having taken part in a project to extend and convert the water management facility at JABIL’s electronics production plant in Pune, REMONDIS is now responsible for operating the equipment. This modern facility, which uses membrane technology, began operating at full capacity in October of this year. 

    For more than two years now, REMONDIS has been responsible for running a biological wastewater treatment facility at the chemicals company, Lanxess. The facility is located at its plant in Jhagadia in the Indian state of Gujarat where it is used to treat the production water there. Last year, REMONDIS was awarded an additional contract by Lanxess to build a facility to treat sanitary wastewater at the same location. It completed this project in April 2013 and has also been operating it since then.

  • REMONDIS Aqua has been using its extensive international experience to realise a wastewater treatment project in the Indian sugar industry. Its project partner here is DEG (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft), a company belonging to the KfW banking group.

Modern municipal water supply systems

  • India is also making good progress when it comes to municipal water projects. Not long ago, for example, REMONDIS was put in charge of operating a new drinking water processing plant in Netivali, north east of Mumbai. The plant had been built by a local company on behalf of the city authorities and REMONDIS took over operations in September. With a daily capacity of 150,000 cubic metres, the facility can supply around 1.2 million inhabitants with water.

    State-of-the-art sewage treatment plants, such as the one in Pune shown here, are becoming increasingly important in India as freshwater sources are slowly disappearing

Won over by reliable operations

  • There are clear reasons why REMONDIS is able to operate so successfully in India which has such a complex and highly competitive market. Thomas Block, General Manager at REMONDIS Aqua International, explained: “Our main advantage is that we are able to unite international know-how and modern technology with local resources. We can guarantee reliable facility operations and we have an excellent record when it comes to environmental protection and sustainability.”

A future with self-sufficient energy supplies

  • In the future, REMONDIS will be going yet another step further in India. The company will make it possible for its customers to use their biogenic waste and sewage sludge to produce their own electricity. Considering the local conditions, such solutions are really important: they help to counteract the frequent power cuts there and provide a sustainable and reliable supply of electricity for the plants.

In the waste management sector, too

  • In cooperation with the German company GIZ (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), REMONDIS has drawn up a strategy to treat municipal waste in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The government there is currently discussing ways of implementing this strategy in order to solve the problems they are having to face in this sector.

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