The International Union of Railways (UIC) published its new "Strategy on the Future of Vegetation Control". The UIC has been collaborating with IZT developing an integrated, flexible, multi-method-based herbicide-free approach. The railway stakeholders and infrastructure managers have been pioneering actors in the field of land use management.
"Spiegel Online International" published a report on the "Mobility Revolution" in Germany. The journalists quoted IZT's director Stephan Rammler, as an expert in the field of sustainable post-fossil mobility. "Der Spiegel" is one of Germany`s most influential magazines. "Spiegel Online International" is a section featuring articles translated into English.
This foresight project elaborates scenarios for a potential transformation of the transport sector in China. The insights gained will also provide ideas for the climate-friendly transformation of the German mobility system. The participating researchers have the aim to cover the entire mobility system in both countries and to develop only those options that facilitate true transformation.
The new 5G mobile networks is to be introduced from 2020. An EU project that has just started is testing in field trials whether 5G offers an uninterruptible network connection with a high data rate. The IZT is responsible for technology and sustainability assessment in the use cases.
The use of the controversial herbicide glyphosate is currently only permitted in the EU until 2022. Therefore, the International Union of Railways has commissioned the IZT to test and optimize more environmentally friendly methods in order to keep the European rail network free of plant growth.
The IZT project on climate-friendly school kitchens in Poland presents its results on 13 June 2019 in Krakow. Everyone who is interested in nutrition issues in educational institutions is invited. The conference language is Polish. The most important topics are: Compilation of menus, energy efficiency and waste reduction.
In anticipation of the renewal of the German law on electronic devices (ElektroG), the IZT is examining how large quantities of smartphones, tablets etc. can be recycled at high grade. Focal points of the investigation are critical metals and flame-retardant plastics.