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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

The Belarus market is enjoying a comeback

The first ‘Belarus Days’ ever to take place in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia were held recently at REMONDIS’ Lippe Plant. The lifting of economic sanctions on Belarus three years ago has triggered a dynamic development in the economic relations between Germany and Belarus. The country is now once again being seen as an interesting business location – with an ever growing number of German businesses recognising its potential and investing in its market. Both the increasing volumes of German exports and the country’s ideal position, situated between the EU and Russia, are paving the way for further successful cooperation projects.

  • 60 politicians & business leaders

    Egbert Tölle, board member of REMONDIS SE & Co. KG, welcomed around 60 business leaders and politicians from Belarus and Germany to the Lippe Plant in Lünen as part of a special two-day conference. REMONDIS was one of the organisers of the event alongside the OAOEV [German Eastern Business Association], the Deutsch-Belarussischer Unternehmerrat [German Belarusian business council], the Belarusian Embassy in Germany and the Dortmund Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

    • 60 business leaders and politicians from Belarus and Germany visited the Lippe Plant in Lünen

REMONDIS is committed to helping Minsk

The joint venture between REMONDIS and the City of Minsk, which was established back in 2010, is a good example of the country’s determination to improve its ecological footprint – moving away from simply landfilling waste towards a more resource and environmentally friendly system of recovering and recycling materials. “It’s given us great pleasure to be able to offer our extensive recycling services to the one million or so people living in the capital Minsk for almost a decade now. Significant progress has been made during this time both in conserving natural resources and helping to curb climate change,” Egbert Tölle said during his welcome speech.

Paving the way for new projects

Denis Sidorenko, Belarusian Ambassador to Germany, also took the time to praise German-Belarusian business relations such as this joint venture and to stress the importance of the ‘Belarus Days’ event, seeing it as a milestone for new collaboration opportunities. Indeed, it has already paved the way for new projects. REMONDIS has been commissioned with the task of setting up a modern waste management system in Soligorsk to increase recycling rates and reduce the volumes of material being sent to landfill. This project will include building treatment plants for bulky waste, organic waste and construction waste as well as modernising the town’s current sorting facility.

  • Belarus to introduce a nationwide deposit return scheme

    Other plans involve establishing a nationwide deposit return scheme for single-use drinks bottles and cans in Belarus, which should be up and running by 2020. REMONDIS will be helping the future systems operator by planning both the logistics, clearing and counting system as well as the services needed to market the recyclables. Thanks to its operations in Belarus, the company is helping to close material life cycles and promote an innovative circular economy across the country.

    • Heinz-Herbert Dustmann, President of the Dortmund Chamber of Industry and Commerce, described Belarus as being a partner for the future

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