Dr. Martin Oerter
VDZ's environmental measuring body has been carrying out environmental measurements as part of official monitoring of plants subject to authorisation for more than 40 years. Its interdisciplinary team made up of engineers, scientists and laboratory staff offers services in all areas relating to the environment, particularly emission measurements imposed by national and international regulations. Alongside dust and gas-based emissions, the environmental measuring body also looks into emissions in the area surrounding cement works and carries out noise and vibration measurements in order to meet official requirements. In addition, the environmental measuring body checks proper installation and function of continually operating measuring devices, and implements corresponding calibrations. It has been recognised as an independent measuring body as per §29b of the German Federal Pollution Control Act (BImSchG) since the start of the 1980s, and offers its activities for plants under the 13th Federal Pollution Control Ordinances (BlmSchV), the 17th Federal Pollution Control Ordinances (BlmSchV) and the Technical Instructions on Air Quality Control (TA Luft). In addition, it is accredited in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025.
Separating the environmental measuring body from the German Cement Works Association (Verein Deutscher Zementwerke e.V.) and creating a new company (Forschungsinstitut der Zementindustrie GmbH) in 2007 further strengthened the employees' independence. VDZ's environmental measuring body is responsible for tasks as an authorised measuring body in accordance with the Federal Pollution Control Act and its corresponding ordinances, administrative regulations and guidelines, and the articles of association state that the management of VDZ's environmental measuring body and the involved employees are expressly not bound to instructions from shareholders, thus being protected from any possible influence. Equally, internal standards and annual assessments by Germany's national accreditation body DAkkS guarantee the confidentiality of the obtained measuring data and information and confirm the independence and objectiveness of the environmental measuring body's employees.