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Dear Reader,

The television cameras have been turned off. The delegations have returned home. Now it's time to put the Glasgow Climate Pact into action.

After two weeks of negotiations at COP 26, 197 countries agreed on the first climate deal to explicitly commit to reducing the use of coal. The resolution also encourages nations to take bolder steps to cut emissions and includes a commitment for more climate finance to help developing countries to adapt to the impacts of climate change. More than 140 countries have pledged to reach net-zero emissions, while over 100 nations have promised to reverse deforestation by 2030.

With the conference over, we have entered what will likely prove to be a critical period: countries now have to follow through on their commitments to mitigate climate change and keep a 1.5 °C temperature rise within reach. As always, REMONDIS stands ready to help wherever we can.

In this unique period in history when the pandemic is leaving its mark, I would like to send my sincere thanks to our employees, customers and partners for their cooperation and for walking alongside as we navigate these challenging times. With the Advent season upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to extend season's greetings to all of our employees, customers and business partners. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and a healthy and prosperous 2022!

Happy reading!

A stronger foothold in Scandinavia

REMONDIS's vehicles ready to serve more customers in Scandinavia.

Our national and international customers can look forward to an even wider portfolio of services in Scandinavia thanks to a new takeover: REMONDIS will become the sole owner of Veolia Recycling Solutions Nordic AB, strengthening its position in Northern Europe and ramping up its operations in Sweden. With 65 sites in Sweden, which will be part of the REMONDIS family, Veolia Recycling Solutions Nordic AB specialises in providing traditional recycling services, including collecting, processing and marketing recycled raw materials and services. The acquisition will also mark REMONDIS's first foray into the Swedish industrial cleaning market.

Werner Hols, CEO North & West Europe, stressed the importance of the future acquisition for REMONDIS: "We are delighted to be able to soon considerably extend our market presence in Scandinavia by taking over the Veolia Recycling Solutions Nordic AB locations in Sweden. We will be able to offer our national and international customers a varied and wide range of high quality services in the Nordic countries. By expanding our Swedish presence with 65 new locations, we will succeed in taking an important step."

Filling a critical recycling gap for businesses and communities in Australia

A look inside the new Tomago Resource Recovery Facility. © La Bella Vita Photography

REMONDIS is preparing to ramp up a new Resource Recovery Facility in Tomago, Australia that will almost double the amount of material the company handles in the local area. Located in the east coast state of New South Wales, the new facility will receive a vast array of materials for processing and recycling from homes, businesses, mines and construction sites throughout the Hunter, Lake Macquarie and Central Coast regions. This location will be a one-stop hub, handling almost 100,000 tonnes of materials each year, including paper, cardboard, plastics, glass, metals, wood, concrete, along with garden organics, electronic goods, muds, hydrocarbons and oily water, and employ 76 people. At the heart of the facility is a Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) plant that will turn materials into solid fuel that can be used as a cleaner alternative to burning fossil fuels.

The Executive Director of the Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association of New South Wales, Tony Khoury, noted, "the aim of modern waste management is to do what’s possible to stop unrecyclable waste going into the ground. On that front this project ticks all the boxes, making it a big win for the environment and the broader community.” REMONDIS's Hunter and Western Region NSW Manager, Scott Smith, added, "the Hunter recycling rate sits at about 40 percent, whereas New South Wales has state-wide targets of 80 percent and beyond. We're confident this facility will narrow that gap." Subject to final approvals, the Tomago site will begin operating by December and enter full operations early in 2022.

Deploying smart take-back technology to recycle more

REMONDIS expands its service portfolio to include reverse vending technology. © Diebold Nixdorf

The transition to a circular economy will be a journey of many steps. REMONDIS recently took another such move by acquiring reverse vending machine and solutions operations from Diebold Nixdorf Incorporated (DN) in their entirety. Diebold Nixdorf Technology GmbH and Diebold Nixdorf Retail Services GmbH are taken over as part of a share deal. This transaction, which is subject to approval from competition authorities, will allow REMONDIS to enhance its smart take-back technology business in Germany. Internationally, further collection systems for the separate collection of recyclable materials will be created as part of the implementation of the Single Use Plastics Directive. The acquisition will also allow REMONDIS to extend its portfolio of services to include all service modules for collection systems created as part of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan towards more separate collections and closed material cycles. By providing intelligent take-back technologies, REMONDIS wants to support developments towards a true materials cycle economy.

"The purchase of the DN Technology vending machine construction division and the DN Retail service business is an important step for REMONDIS towards becoming a full-service provider in the environmental service sector. As a result, we can offer customers in Germany and many other countries comprehensive recycling solutions. Together with DN Technology and DN Retail, our range of services extends from taking back high quality recyclable materials, reverse logistics, sorting and recycling to producing high quality recycled raw materials which can also be returned to their original applications. REMONDIS wants to make its contribution on the way to a real, closed-loop material cycle economy. An elementary component of this is to create smart take-back solutions which make it possible to process the waste into high-quality recycled raw materials at a later stage," said Ralf Mandelatz, Managing Director of REMONDIS Recycling.

A faster, better, safer way to clean cement kilns

Cleaning cement kilns used to be a laborious process. But not any more, thanks to an automated solution developed by BUCHEN, a member of the REMONDIS family. This patented process uses high-pressure water jetting technology to minimise downtime and keep workers safe. Making the most of residual heat from the kiln and the thermal movement of air, the technology uses nothing more than high-pressure water to break down deposits – reducing the environmental impact and treatment costs. It also keeps workers safe by eliminating the risks associated with performing this work manually.

Left: Cement kilns now take much less time to clean too.

BUCHEN, a specialist for cleaning power stations, boiler plants, incineration plants and steam-generating plants, has now tested this automated system on different kinds and sizes of cement kilns. The results: time savings of up to 80 per cent and cost reductions of up to 60 per cent for cement kiln operators in a best-case scenario.

The main feature of this process is an automated high-pressure machine equipped with a high-pressure pump and tank cleaning head. Once inserted into the cement kilns' cyclone preheaters and calciners, which are the areas most affected by deposit build-up, the tank cleaning head can move around freely in even very tight spaces. All that's left to do is to set the water pressure and discharge rate and the high-pressure water jet can get to work - and all of this remotely from a location outside the kiln.

Full speed ahead for Transdev as it wins regional tender in France

Right: The regional rail line covers the Marseille, Toulon, Nice corridor. © Région Sud

Transdev has won a historic first call for tenders for regional train services since passenger rail transport in France was opened up to competition. The French Région Sud selected the global mobility provider to run the Marseille-Toulon-Nice regional train (TER) line starting in June 2025. Transdev has teamed up with two major partners, NGE and Alstom, to present the most competitive and solid bid. Travellers will enjoy twice as many round-trip connections each day, with more reliable, regular and punctual services.

The contract will include an order for 16 new high-capacity double-decker trainsets and a new maintenance and storage depot in Nice. Transdev will make the line even more environmentally friendly by purchasing green certificates from the electricity supplier chosen by Transdev. Drivers will also receive training in environmentally sound driving practices.

"This announcement is excellent news for Transdev, the Region and its inhabitants. Thanks to new, more comfortable trains with numerous services, a doubling in the number of daily trains and an organization designed to ensure better service reliability, we will help to strengthen the attractiveness of this line, which is a key factor for the Région Sud. These changes are fundamental to enable residents to choose the train and thus accelerate the ecological transition in the region," says Thierry Mallet, Chairman and CEO of Transdev Group.

New lightweight packaging sorting plant to boost recycling in Belarus

Right: The new sorting facility will handle up to 10,000 tonnes each year.

To ensure that even more recycled raw materials have another life, REMONDIS will soon commission a mechanical sorting plant for separately collected lightweight packaging. Located at a site near the Belarusian capital, Minsk, where REMONDIS has run a site to process mineral construction materials and compost green refuse since 2018, the new facility plans to sort 10,000 tonnes of material each year and will create up to 40 jobs in the region.

REMONDIS has been providing services for almost 1 million people and more than 2,000 business customers in Minsk for over a decade, with over 5,550 containers set up to collect recyclables. From the very outset, the separate collection of recyclables has been a priority here.

Rhenus expands in Scandinavia: Logistics service provider opens office in Oslo

Above: Rhenus is opening a new branch in Oslo. © Rhenus SE & Co. KG

Rhenus will be represented in Norway from the beginning of February 2022. By opening an office in Norway, the internationally active logistics service provider is strengthening its presence in Scandinavia.

For Rhenus, the new location is the first in Norway, and for Rhenus Air & Ocean it is the first one in Scandinavia. The expansion of the existing global network is highlighted in particular by the close links with the Rhenus Air & Ocean locations in the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

"The opening of the new location in Norway marks an important strategic step for the Rhenus Group and an expansion into new markets using our own network. It strengthens our presence in the Nordic countries and brings us even closer to our customers," explains Frank Roderkerk, CEO Northern and Western Europe, Rhenus Air & Ocean.

In addition to air and ocean freight, the new location offers other services such as supplying offshore platforms, project logistics as well as logistical support in the areas of healthcare, mining, aid and relieve services, renewable energy and perishable goods.

Oslo offers Rhenus ideal conditions for the new location. A well-developed infrastructure with efficient transport means and routes, easy accessibility and new, modern buildings allow excellent working conditions for the dynamic team in Norway. "Currently, Rhenus Air & Ocean is not present in Scandinavia and therefore intends to strengthen its presence on the Norwegian market by establishing a branch in Oslo, the country's capital and economic powerhouse of the country," emphasises Bent Thomasen, Managing Director of Rhenus Norway.


News in brief

There was a great turnout to mark the AHK's 25th birthday in Poland. © AHK Poland

The Polish-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK) recently celebrated 25 years since its establishment in 1996. REMONDIS is proud to be one of the founding members of the chamber, which now counts over 1,000 members. Representing companies big and small, the AHK is by far the largest organisation active in Polish-German business and trade relations.

Above left and middle: Leonardo Cascio spent his day shift collecting bins. © Sporza  | Above right: And then his evening in goal against AA Gent. © Patrick Smets

It was a busy October day for one member of the REMONDIS family in Belgium: after his shift, a driver and binman working from our Limburg site stepped out onto the football pitch as goalkeeper for his local team Belisia Bilzen. Their opponents: the top-flight football club AA Gent. The sports channel Sporza followed Leonardo Cascio around on his shift and in the stadium. You can see more by watching the videos on its website (© Sporza)

Take a closer look at REMEX

Left: REMEX is the mineral refuse specialist within the REMONDIS Group.

REMEX is a specialist for the professional management of mineral refuse from construction, industrial production and municipal solid refuse incineration. The company is based in Düsseldorf, Germany and is active in both Europe and Asia. With extensive knowledge of cross-border business activities, the company provides a complete portfolio of services from logistics and processing in its own recycling facilities to subsequent recovery or disposal, covering all areas of mineral refuse management. The competencies include mineral refuse management and the production of secondary construction materials as well as the recycling of metals recovered during mineral processing. These business activities are complemented by services in the areas of land reclamation and soil treatment, underground stowage, landfill management and the development of new recycling technologies. Learn more about REMEX and its services on YouTube where the company presents more than 50 videos.

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