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14. June 2016

KlimaExpo.NRW honours REMONDIS’ recycling operations in Lünen

KlimaExpo.NRW will be officially naming the recycling activities at the Lippe Plant in Lünen as one of the best pioneering projects in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) during its annual event, “Climate Protection as an Engine for Progress 2016 – Outstanding Pioneers” which is being held in Düsseldorf on 23 June. KlimaExpo.NRW plans to present twelve pioneering projects from NRW, which have a positive impact on our climate, each year until 2022.

KlimaExpo.NRW is looking for innovative projects for its “Saving Resources” category that conserve natural resources and help reduce energy consumption. These may be ideas that have an impact on technology or on society. “The efforts being made to prevent climate change are an engine for progress for both the economy and society as a whole – and this can clearly be seen by the KlimaExpo.NRW projects. The way the award winners have demonstrated just how sustainable our state can be is truly impressive. They are also a great incentive for all of us to step up our efforts to find innovative business ideas to help prevent climate change,” commented Minister President Hannelore Kraft.

At the Lippe Plant in Lünen, industrial and household waste is recycled and turned into primary products for industrial businesses, waste and residual materials are transformed into fuels and, last but by no means least, biomass is recycled or used to generate energy. These three areas of expertise alone reduce greenhouse gas emissions by around 416,000 tonnes every year. A great example of efficient recycling.

Industrial recycling on a grand scale

REMONDIS’ plant in Lünen is home to a large number of facilities that are able to treat and recycle a wide range of waste for re-use. Sodium aluminate, for example, is recovered and used for treating wastewater or making binding agents and white pigments. FGD gypsum, generated by flue gas desulphurisation systems at fossil fuel power stations, is also processed here and transformed into binding agents.

“At the Lippe Plant, we turn the things that people no longer want or need into raw materials for new products or into fuels. This award, which KlimaExpo.NRW has presented to us, confirms that we are heading down the right path by looking at the whole picture when it comes to recycling materials. We are, for example, completely energy self-sufficient here in Lünen,” explained Herwart Wilms, managing director at REMONDIS Assets & Services GmbH & Co. KG.

The Ruhr Regional Association (RVR) is one of KlimaExpo.NRW’s seven regional partners. It, too, is very pleased to see a project from its region being presented with this award. “It’s great to see the Lippe Plant in Lünen, my home town, being honoured in this way. It clearly demonstrates how recycling waste promotes the sustainable use of resources,” said Karola Geiß-Netthöfel, regional director of the Ruhr Regional Association.

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