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Environmental Impact Assessment / Defence Technology
(German: Umweltverträglichkeitsanalyse (UVA))

The Federal Office for Information Management and Information Technology of the Bundeswehr (BAAINBw) needs to provide consumers within the Bundeswehr (Bw) with needs and performance-based material, which takes into account economic points of view, and which can be used both in training courses during peacetime and safely under operational conditions and in an environmentally-responsible manner according to circumstances.

 

Any environmental damage that is to be expected through the use of a device or system to be procured must be described and analysed via an Environmental Impact Assessment (UVA). Provided that no deviating regulations and/or exceptions have been authorised by the Federal Ministry of Defence, this evaluation is to be created in the style of the German "Verfahrensregelung Wirtschaft – Technik 205" Customer Product Management (CPM) rules of procedure. The goal of this examination is to analyse, evaluate, and document the unavoidable influences on the environment from introduced products when used and when disposed of after being put out of service. At the same time, it is necessary to analyse the extent to which technical and organisational measures can satisfy legal environmental protection requirements.

 

The UVA must be drafted in a development phase and in a prototype phase and covers the product’s entire life cycle. Accordingly, the environmental impact assessment must continue to be updated through all usage phases. Early environmental threats should be identified from the UVA’s updates so that suitable measures to reduce the hazard potential can be developed. An UVA is created based on the groundwork from the guidelines for creating environmental impact assessment that was issued by the Federal Office for Information Management and Information Technology of the Bundeswehr (BAAINBw).

 

The BfU AG offers the following services in the field of defence technology:

 

Environmental impact analyses with the following components:

  • Detection structure
  • Weight balancing
  • Guidelines management
  • Technical regulations
  • De-militarisation
  • Picture documentations

 

The aforementioned services can be rendered for our customers in the

  • Planning and construction phase,
  • Procurement phase,
  • Usage phase,
  • Decommissioning phase

 

Creating a List of Hazardous Substances

  • Identifying hazardous substances (e.g. heravalent chromium, cadmium, lead, SVHC substances)
  • Procuring safety data sheets
  • Verifying environmental legal approval for using dangerous substances in the military branch (e.g. pursuant to RoHS, REACh, Biocide Ordinance etc.)
  • Environmental legal requirements of foreign states with regard to the use of dangerous substances (In and outside Europe)

 

Support in Drafting Applications for Special Authorisation of Substances

  • Special authorisations are of continual importance in the defence technology field for projects related to Employment-Related Immediate Requirement (ESB), among other things.

 

Disposal Ideas/Demilitarisation

  • Acquiring substances to be disposed of and/or recycled as part of disassembly
  • Verification of approved recycling/disposal methods
  • Determining masses and analysing costs

 

Technical Documentation

  • Commissioning instructions
  • Translating technical documentation
  • Safety-related evaluation of usage instructions
  • Project-related support from engineers and life scientists.
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