Düsseldorf, Lünen. 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.
KlimaExpo.NRW is a cross-departmental initiative of the state government of NRW. It launched this project to ensure that the energy transition, the measures taken to curb climate change and any changes that have to be made as a result of global warming all act as key driving forces for economic and social development. The project’s overall aim is to present successful innovative projects to as wide an audience as possible – also at international level – as well as to promote further collective action to tackle climate change.
KlimaExpo.NRW plans to showcase ‘1,000 steps into the future’. Each step is a successful project and an opportunity to communicate ideas. Together they are a roadmap, a demonstration of activities that have one overriding goal: to encourage others to join in. These steps influence KlimaExpo.NRW’s activities and provide it with a structure that it can use to present the potential of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and its technological and economic capabilities to help curb global warming. KlimaExpo.NRW is both an exhibition and an idea laboratory for NRW that is not being held in one place and on one day but across the whole of the state and until 2022.
REMONDIS is one of the world's largest privately owned recycling, service and water companies and provides services to around 30 million people. The Group has branches and associated companies in 33 countries across Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Founded in 1934, this family-run business has a workforce of over 32,000 employees and an annual turnover of 6 billion euros (2015). REMONDIS focuses on developing partnerships to implement novel and forward-looking concepts and ideas to help conserve our raw material and water supplies for future generations.
Further information is available from:
REMONDIS SE & Co. KG
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T +49 2306 106-515
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