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  • Dear Readers!

    2018 has been an extraordinary year for our group. There have been some great business opportunities around – in the area of recycling as well as in the global market for mobility, both in the private and public transport sector. We have been able to make the most of these opportunities by taking steps to acquire DSD (Duales System Deutschland GmbH) – as has the RETHMANN Group, which is intending to purchase shares in Transdev, a leading global operator of mobility solutions based in France. Both transactions must still be approved by the rele-vant authorities.

    As an operator and global integrator of mobility solutions, Transdev – “the mobility company” – provides eleven million passenger trips every day, connecting people and places with its efficient and environmentally friendly transport services. Transdev advises and collaborates with public authorities and private sector firms providing sustainable, safe and innovative transport solutions.

    82,000 employees serve the company’s customers and passengers in 20 countries. In 2017, it generated a turnover of 6.6 billion euros. Transdev’s operations, however, not only include trains, trams and buses. People using the ferries in Sydney to get across Sydney Harbour are also Transdev’s customers. And the company’s portfolio also has cable car networks and auto-mated minibuses. With Transdev being so important for our family-run company, it makes absolute sense for the mobility group to become the RETHMANN Group’s fourth main field of business alongside REMONDIS, Rhenus and SARIA.

    This past year has been one of the driest since records began in Germany. This has, on the one hand, led to the water levels of our rivers being much lower than normal – quite possibly the lowest levels ever – causing huge problems for inland shipping companies and their customers. On the other, it has once again turned the spotlight on the subjects of climate change and resource conservation. The Vatican is also worried about “our Common Home”. Pope Francis made it clear just how worried he is when he wrote his “Laudato si’” encyclical. REMONDIS joined a number of other family business owners to attend the first Roman Forum, which was held in the Holy City and organised by the BDE [Federal Association of the German Waste Management Industry]. During the event, the participants had a moving meeting with the Holy Father who was impressed by the initiatives of these privately run businesses to promote sustainability.

    Talking about sustainability: Meyer Werft, a shipbuilding business in Papenburg, is also focusing on sustainable production activities – and on building environmentally friendly ships having recently launched its first gas-fuelled cruise ship. This traditional company is also being supported by REMONDIS. Heading for new shores together, so to speak.

    May we take this opportunity to thank you for your great support and collaboration over the last twelve months and wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and successful New Year.

    Ihr Ludger Rethmann

Around 300,000 visitors

Essen Illumination Weeks help to bring a sparkle to Essen’s city centre as the days get shorter and darker. The beautiful illuminations will be lighting up the city until 06 January 2019 – creating a very special atmosphere to the run up to Christmas as well as adding a sparkle to the visitors’ eyes. This year, the Essen Illumination Weeks kicked off with the Essen Light Festival. Around 300,000 people travelled to the city centre between 26 October and 04 November 2018 to take in the sight of the 18 wonderful illuminations and video mappings put together by local and international artists.

REMONDIS more than happy to be a partner

  • Following the successful start to the 3rd Essen Light Festival on Friday, 26 October 2018, REMONDIS renewed its commitment to the Light Festival as a partner for sustainable projects. “We love the idea of using light art to raise awareness of sustainability in our everyday lives,” commented Guido Hanning, managing director of REMONDIS West GmbH.

    Two Canadian artists turned 2,000 old light bulbs into the inspiring installation entitled “The Cloud”

Presentation of three sustainability projects

  • Three sustainable projects were presented at this year’s Essen Light Festival, which ended on 04 November. Canadian artists Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garret set up their light installation, “The Cloud”, on the Kennedyplatz, Essen’s main square. This illuminated cloud was made up of over 2,000 old light bulbs. Olivia d’Aboville, a French-Philippine artist, erected her “Giant Dandelions” installation (made up of old PET bottles) in the ‘grüne mitte Essen’ park. And Dirk Heindl from Essen built his “La Tüchten” installation from old water dispenser bottles.

    • The 2018 Essen Light Festival was opened by Herwart Wilms, REMONDIS Managing Director, and the Mayor of Essen Thomas Kufen

  • “We love the idea of using light art to raise awareness of sustainability in our everyday lives.”

    Guido Hanning, Managing Director of REMONDIS West GmbH

Thanks from the organisers

  • Thanks to REMONDIS’ support, sustainable light art will also be displayed at future Essen Light Festivals. Richard Röhrhoff, managing director of EMG – Essen Marketing GmbH, which organised the light festival, said: “We really appreciate the support the company has given us as it makes it possible for us to motivate both local and international artists to build light art from consumable materials. Perhaps we can succeed in positioning the Essen Light Festival as a particularly sustainable light festival following on from Essen’s role as the European Green Capital in 2017.”

    Light bulbs, PET bottles and water dispenser bottles were transformed into beautiful light art – illuminating, too, the importance of recycling

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