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REMONDIS’ subsidiary, REMEX Mineralstoff GmbH, has begun building its new head office complex in Düsseldorf Harbour which will eventually enable REMEX to unite its various business units – currently located all around the harbour – under one roof. On grounds covering approx. 4,800m2 and not far from the famous Arts and Media Centre designed by star architect Frank Gehry, the new headquarters will provide over 100 employees with a modern workplace right in the very heart of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). REMONDIS’ decision to invest in this area is a clear demonstration of the Westphalian family-run company’s commitment to the city of Düsseldorf, laying the foundation for further growth within the mineral recycling sector.
REMONDIS made its first move to strengthen its business in and around Düsseldorf two years ago when it built a new head office (Karl-Hohmann-Strasse) for REMONDIS Rhein Wupper GmbH. REMONDIS works together with the state capital of Düsseldorf, providing the city authorities with a range of waste management and recycling services via its shares in Awista GmbH, a public private partnership with the City of Düsseldorf (responsible for collecting and recycling municipal household waste), in REMONDIS Rhein Wupper GmbH & Co. KG which collects and recycles commercial waste and markets recyclables, in IDR-EG mbH which specialises in hazardous waste, in KDM GmbH for composting kitchen and garden waste as well as in the city’s central landfill in the Hubbelrath district. All in all, the REMONDIS Group employs around 1,500 people in Düsseldorf alone.
The technology used will help to meet the building’s own electricity needs and reduce carbon emissions by
The symbolic turf cutting ceremony marking the start of the work on REMEX’s new head office was held on 12 October. REMEX’s managing director, Michael Stoll, welcomed numerous guests to the event including the Mayor of Düsseldorf Thomas Geisel, REMONDIS board member Thomas Conzendorf and Rainer Schäfer, managing director of Rheincargo, who was also there to represent the Neuss-Düsseldorfer Häfen, which had provided the grounds. The actual building work itself began on 01 November 2015 and is expected to have been completed by the end of February 2017. This modern office complex will meet all the latest environmental standards and will also have an energy-efficient ground source heat pump system. As the name suggests, the energy is extracted from the ground via underground probes. The majority of the electricity needed in the new building will be generated by its own photovoltaic panels. By extracting regenerative heat from the ground and by using solar panels to produce its own electricity, the building’s heating and cooling systems will be fully carbon neutral. Plans are for the photovoltaic system to be primarily used to cover the building’s energy requirements. Electricity will be fed into the building’s own electricity network during the interim periods when the offices do not need to be heated or cooled. This technology, therefore, will help to meet the building’s own electricity needs and so reduce carbon emissions by 11,400kg every year. REMEX believes its decision to bring the four office units currently located around the harbour under one roof will greatly increase efficiency and lay the foundation for further growth.
Enjoying the occasion (from left to right): Rainer Schäfer, managing director of Rheincargo also representing Neuss-Düsseldorfer Häfen, Thomas Geisel, Mayor of Düsseldorf, REMEX managing director Michael Stoll and REMONDIS board member Thomas Conzendorf