Environmental service

With regard to environmental issues, we provide the entire range of consulting and analysis services. This includes services in the area of environmental engineering, environmental compatibility analyses, environmental risk and endangerment evaluations, surface recycling and remediation of hazardous sites, as well as the remediation of areas contaminated by the industry or the military.

Our services in the environmental sector:


Environmental engineering

The foremost aim of environmental engineering is to harmonise economic and ecological interests. We ensure a sensible handling of natural raw materials and advise our customers on any questions that they may have in relation to the use of water, air, and energy. We support them in considering the environment compared with other entrepreneurial interests and in this way contribute to cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly company management.

Our involvement as coordinator in large cooperative projects allows us to incorporate state-of-the-art technology and science into day-to-day project work. In special cases, we ourselves produce solutions within the framework of our own research work. Examples of this are BioREx and DROP, or even the optimisation of a procedure for purifying waste water contaminated with organic pollutants.

Our services

  • Environmental impact analyses
  • Risk assessment and risk analyses
  • Explosive ordnance investigations
  • Technology assessment, guidelines
  • Concepts for waste management, disposal, and recycling
  • Power management


Environmental impact analysis

The environmental impact assessment (EIA) is the central base for realising the element of environmental protection for a project or product. EIA covers the whole life cycle of a project or product.

In the EIA we indicate which avoidable or unavoidable environmental impacts are to be expected and what are the options for reducing or avoiding the impacts. We indicate an additional need for analysis if further undefined environmental impacts are suspected.

For the individual environment-related project phases or environmentally hazardous components of a project, we determine the media (soil, water, air, radiation, noise) for which potentially exist environment-related risks. In such cases, IABG focuses its investigations on environment-related and media-related materials, operating supply items and auxiliary material, power and emissions/immissions. To conclude, we consider whether measures for protecting the environment have been taken or should be defined.

Our services

  • Project and product description
  • Determination of relevant legal provisions
  • Checking the adherence to limit values
  • Listing of hazardous project and product components
  • Disposal concept, operational concept
  • Documentation


Land recycling/contaminated sites and investigation and disposal of arms and munition

In addition to the elimination of acute hazards, the remediation of contaminated sites today is the first step on the way to revitalising industrial wasteland and converting former military property. The central topics here are the question of liability and obtaining legal certainty for investors. Various interested parties have to be brought to a round table to settle their conflicts of interest. IABG takes on the role of moderator to achieve acceptable compromises.

Remediation procedures are still being developed today, but under different aspects than 10 years ago. Cost-effective procedures are in demand, for example in-situ technologies like DROP which we developed for remediation of oil pollution, as well as BioREx for the biological remediation of explosive or landmine-covered sites or areas. By observing cost-benefit factors and through life-cycle impact assessment we will find ways for the cost-effective and environmentally efficient remediation of contaminated sites.

Our services

  • Historical research: dud bombs,
    investigation of war impacts, historic-genetic reconstruction
  • Multi-temporal aerial photo evaluation
  • Investigation concepts
  • Technical investigation, explosive ordnance investigation
  • Detection of contaminated sites and explosive ordnance (dud bombs), munitions and explosive ordnances
  • Risk assessment, risk analysis
  • Remediation planning and investigation
  • Project management
  • Coordination with authorities
  • Monitoring
  • Assessments and expert opinions in accordance with the recommendations of the federal government on explosive ordnance clearance as well as on soil and groundwater protection

and in particular

Permission to use and transport explosive materials pursuant to Sec. 7 SprengG [German Explosives Act] was granted.


Our partner for explosive ordnance clearance and disposal:



Even today, old industrial and commercial sites are often still a danger to people and the environment due to decades of production and utilisation of all sorts of hazardous materials. In particular former military and armament sites like production factories, ammunition dumps, facilities for the disposal of explosive ordnance, shelling and bombing sites, etc. are contaminated with explosives, explosive ordnance and their degradation products in addition to the usual pollutants. In such cases, the contaminated sites are an enormous obstacle for the reutilisation of the land areas.

The IABG specialists solve even the toughest of problems. Here, specific knowledge beyond general expertise in contaminated sites is required about how the plants were constructed, about the technical procedures and about the often highly poisonous and carcinogenic materials involved in industrial and armament-related contamination

Our services

  • Remediation planning and investigation
  • Remediation of commercial and industrial sites
  • Remediation of military and armament contaminated sites
  • Biological remediation procedures

IABG supports the owners in the investigation, remediation and further development of contaminated sites. We can also provide supplementary services in addition to our environment portfolio:

  • Cost estimation
  • Utilisation concepts
  • Coordination with authorities / moderation
  • Public relations / site marketing
  • Environmental impact analyses
  • Planning and support for dismantling services
  • Construction site management and monitoring
  • Construction site logistics
  • Property management / information systems


Biological remediation procedures

DROP – Decontamination and Revitalisation of Oilpolluted Land



  • is a biological remediation procedure for soil and ground water
  • is a joint development of the companies IABG and Henkel/Cognis
  • is a procedure that has been developed especially for large-area contamination with biologically degradable materials like mineral oil and fuel
  • can be used in-situ and ex-situ and combined easily with other procedures
  • is soil conserving
  • is environmentally friendly:
    • no washing out of soil content or contaminants into the ground water
    • no soil excavation, no soil transport
    • exclusive use of easily biodegradable materials (mainly approved food/fodder) on the basis of natural raw materials

DROP requires very little equipment-technology and can also be applied in water protection areas.


BioREx – the new on-site procedure for decontaminating sites contaminated with explosives

  • no toxicological / ecotoxicological-related metabolites
  • suitable even in cases of heavy contamination
  • cost-effective


Expert reports/investigations

Scientific investigations are indispensable for well-founded answers to environmental questions. The aim is to find a balance between scientific requirements and meeting the demands of authorities on the one hand and on the other, not to lose sight of the cost-benefit ratio. Our project managers have an extensive pool of experience to draw from. Ever since its foundation in 1961, IABG's core business is to conduct investigations and make expert reports. We find the right and yet cost-effective solutions for our customers even for extraordinary and complex tasks.

Our services

  • Historical research
  • Aerial photo evaluation
  • Technical investigation
  • Explosive ordnance investigation
  • Risk assessment, risk analysis
  • Environmental compatibility analysis
  • Remediation planning and investigation
  • Geophysics


Project management

Professional project management is essential for the successful execution of complex procedures. In an age of growing networks, companies and authorities are often confronted with tasks which, in addition to large, long-term and thus practically independent projects, go beyond the daily business and which cannot be mastered at all or not in time with internal capacities.

The solution to your problem

The specialists from IABG, experienced project managers with a wide range of expertise, are ready to accompany our customers in particular in the project startup phase and coordinate the complete project from beginning to end as required.

We have an extensive range of management expertise in

  • Research and development projects
  • Coordination with authorities/ moderation
  • International projects
  • Dismantling, land recycling, explosive ordnance investigation, remediation
  • Renewable energy
  • Biological remediation procedures

We assume the following tasks in agreement with specific customer requirements:

  • Project setup
  • Project organisation/ project management
  • Financial controlling
  • Technical controlling
  • Management of tenders and assignment
  • Quality assurance
  • Coaching, training