An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) forms the basis for achieving environmental protection for defence technology projects. The EIA sets out and evaluates the environmental impact to be expected during the development, use and disposal of a product.
An EIA is based on the guidelines issued by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) for the preparation of environmental impact assessments in accordance with the regulations C1-2030/0-7001. An EIA guarantees that the material can be used safely and in line with environmental targets taking the circumstances into consideration both during training operations in peacetime as well as under operational conditions. The EIA must be drafted in the development phase and in the prototype phase and covers the product’s entire life cycle. Accordingly, the environmental impact assessment must be continually updated through all usage phases.
The BfU AG offers the following services in the field of defence technology:
Environmental impact assessments with the components:
- Legal regulation
- Materials and weights
- Lists of hazardous substances
- Disposal concept
- If needed: exception approvals
Manufacturers must ensure that their products comply with the applicable environmental regulations at the time of placing on the market. We support you in the process of creating the EIA in identifying and verifying compliance with all relevant legislations.
Materials and weights
Applied materials and weights will be broken down to the smallest conclusively interchangeable unit in order to identify potential hazardous substances and locate them within the product, respectively, total system.
Lists of Hazardous Substances
- Identifying hazardous substances (e.g. hexavalent chromium, cadmium, SVHC substances)
- Procurement of safety data sheets
- Verification of environmental legal approval for the use of hazardous substances (e.g. pursuant to RoHS, REACH, Biocide Ordinance etc.)
- Environmental legal requirements of foreign states with regard to the use of hazardous substances (within and outside Europe)
- Recording substances to be disposed of and/or recycled as part of disassembly
- Verification of approved recycling/disposal methods
- Determining masses and analysing costs
Support with the preparation of exception approvals
To protect the environment the Bundeswehr seeks to comply with all environmental regulations. This also applies to regulations excluding ordnance or products. For the use of defense material that does not fully comply with the environmental regulations, exception approvals are needed. We assist you in arguing and applying for requesting exception approvals.