The inventor of sustainability

The association of Mining, Geology and Environment [orig. Verband Bergbau, Geologie und Umwelt e.V.] has become a representative of a continuously growing membership community through constructive dialogue with all important stakeholders in the industry over its 30-year history.


The association, which was founded in May 1990 as the " Branchenverband Bergbau/Geologie e.V." by mining and geotechnical companies in the former East Germany, has made its name as the national leading representative of its member companies after being renamed to the "Bergbau, Geologie und Umwelt e.V." in 1993.

During the course of unification, the focus was mainly on the transformation of numerous former East German companies into private sector companies. During deconstruction of the legacies of Wismuth uranium mining, the lignite opencast mining or the sector of landfill dangerous wastes, we have been able to introduce the term sustainability to the mining and raw materials sector and have therefore set a clear signal worldwide.

Nowadays, the VBGU is showing itself to be a dialogue-oriented interest group with ministries, departments and officials. The range of services extends to technical further training and the integration of EU duties for the subsidisation of foreign projects.

Board of Directors

Our board of directors has been set up by people who are deeply-rooted in the subjects of mining and raw materials, and who get things moving with passion. It is composed of the following people:

After successfully training as a deep-drilling technician and a university degree in Geotechnics and Mining at the Freiberg Mining Academy, Jens-Peter Lux started his professional career in a Berlin consulting engineering office.

Since 2002, he has been working for DMT GmbH & Co. KG at their headquarters in Essen. Whilst there he took up a wide range of managerial positions and is currently working as company executive. Jens-Peter Lux is currently responsible for the business segment of Geo Engineering & Exploration in the DMT Group. He held this post in addition to carrying out a range of activities and services in the raw material expiration, mining renovation, construction and infrastructure markets.

At beginning of the year 2018, Jens-Peter Lux appointed as managing director of DMT GmbH & Co. KG, responsible for operational business Infrastructure, Mining & Geo-Services in the DMT Group.

"In my view, the member companies in the VBGU Association don't just stand for extensive raw material expertise "Made in Germany" explained Jens-Peter Lux. "They stand out primarily because of their committed, expert, responsible and sustainable actions when dealing with resources in addition to the establishment and retention of diverse habitats."

A Mining and Civil Engineering course at the Freiberg Mining Academy at the beginning of the 80s and his doctorate on the subject of "Modelling of ore extraction in Pinge Altenberg" formed the basis for the professional career enjoyed by Dirk Vetter.

Dr. Vetter started as an engineer for research and development in the main technology department of the Freiberg mining and smelting combination with his main focus on Altenberg tin ore.

He was first promoted to works director and later to managing director of the "Einheit" pyrite mine in Elbingerode, and then joined Harz-Bergbau GmbH in 1990. After completing his activities as Company executive in the Niedersachswerfen building material works, he joined Bergsicherung Ilfeld GmbH, in 2002, where he has been technical managing director since 2004.

"The VBGU represents the interests of all the medium-sized companies in the mining sector, especially those in mining renovation, to the political system and public institutions. I value the practically-oriented activities of the association at a high professional level and the constructive dialogue for the retention and promotion of economic success" underlined Dirk Vetter.

Klaus Forsthofer completed his studies at the Technical University of Munich in geography, focusing on ecology, urban and traffic planning, urban development as well as land planning and spatial planning.

During his 25 years of senior management at Industrieanlagen - Betriebsgesellschaft mbh (IABG), Mr. Forsthofer coordinated the large - scale project for the investigation of contaminated sites on the properties of the western group of Soviet troops in the New Federal States.

His expertise gained within the framework of the project is now in demand in numerous projects for German ministries, authorities and municipalities in the areas of area recycling, environmental services, geodata and geoinformation.

In his current position as Head of Environmental Services at IABG, he is also supporting the German energy sector through the provision of services for the dismantling of nuclear power plants.

"With his many years of experience in working with the administration and industry, Mr. Forsthofer is focusing on his work within the VBGU to show the value and importance of medium-sized enterprises for the sustainable solution of environmental problems in our society The VBGU can play a central role in Germany with its various specialist disciplines and the faculty of its members."

After completing his studies in structural hydraulic engineering and technical hydro-mechanics at the Dresden Technical University, Roger Tynior worked for three years as a research student in the faculty of water-retaining structures, and he completed his doctorate there in 1990. In the same year he began his work as a project engineer / project manager in diverse planning offices. In 1994, he joined the former G.U.B. Ingenieur GmbH, where he held the position of managing director from 1997 onwards. With the founding of the G.U.B. Ingenieur AG, he was promoted to the Board of Directors in 2007.

In addition to projects in water management, in hydraulic engineering and in flood control, mining renovation has been one of his central fields of activity during his work.
He is a member of the Rhineland Palatinate Chamber of Engineers.
Roger Tynior was managing director of the BWK State Association in Saxony and is a member of the German Economic Council.

"I consider that one of the central tasks of the VBGU is offering its members a network for professional contacts and specialist exchange. As an employer association, the VBGU must also represent the interests of its member companies at state and national levels and actively seek out a dialog with the political system."

Olaf Alisch completed his university studies at the Freiberg Mining Academy in 1985 with a degree in geology which included his specialisation in natural gas and oil. After his studies, he worked at the Central Geological Institute in Berlin and dealt with case modelling and natural oil and gas potentials in the north-east German lowlands in addition to copper slate.

After working as a managing partner in a consulting engineer's office in the rock and earth sectors (exploration and mining planning) he worked as a lecturer at the Brandenburg Technical University in Cottbus and briefly worked as an employer in the deliberation and operational planning/plan approval sectors for the Brandenburg State Office for Mining, Geology and Raw Materials in Cottbus. He has been working in the VBGU e.V. since 2006, and became its Managing Director in 2007.

"During my work in the association I am fascinated by the bandwidth of tasks for the member companies, who represent the entire life cycle of the mine from the planning of raw material extraction up to sustainable reintegration into the landscape right along the value-adding chain with their services."


The VBGU member companies represent a wide cross-section of national and international mining and raw materials sectors. They operate in the following fields:

  • the commodity-linked industry
  • real estate development
  • mining
  • mining trusts
  • geotechnics
  • waste recycling
  • water management
  • environmental engineering/technology
  • geothermal energy
  • renovation of mining and industrial locations.

It is not important whether companies are active or consulting at home or abroad, or whether they plan or manufacture the services or equipment required for the above, in order to become members.

Member of VBGU and honorary members

Planitzer Straße 2,
08056 Zwickau

Geschäftsführer: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dipl.-Geol. Frank Bär

Tel.: +49 375 272126-0
Fax: +49 375 272126-99


In der Scherau 1
86529 Schrobenhausen, Germany

Managing Director: Peter Hingott
Representative in the VBGU:  Ulrich Morgenstern - Leiter Entsorgung

Tel.: +49 8252 97-3765
Fax: +49 8252 97-3118    


Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH

Kleiststraße 10a,
01129 Dresden

Geschäftsführer: Dr.-Ing. Lutz Vogt, Dipl.-Ing. Steffen Tost
Ansprechpartner für VBGU: Dipl.-Ing. Gerd Mrozik

Tel.: +49 351 82413-0
Fax: +49 351 8030786


Cunnersdorfer Str. 12,
01705 Freital

Geschäftsführer: Dr.-Ing. André Pfütze, Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Steffen Wilde

Tel.: +49 351 64918-71
Fax: +49 351 64918-75


Kobaltstraße 42,
08289 Schneeberg

Geschäftsführer: Sven Mahnert, Ökonom Ines Walther

Tel.: +49 3772 29-0
Fax: +49 3772 22494


Büro Montanuniversität Leoben
Franz-Josef-Straße 18,
A-8700 Leoben

Geschäftsführer: Ass. Professor Dr.-Ing. Dr. mont. Gerhard Mayer

Tel.: +43 3842 45279
Fax: +49 3842 45279 DW 4


Kirchplatz 7,
07552 Gera

Geschäftsführer: Dr.-Ing. habil. Wieland Kögel

Tel.: +49 365 43048-0
Fax: +49 365 43048-13


Dr.-Bergius-Str. 27,
06729 Elsteraue OT Alttröglitz

Geschäftsführer: Andree Pape

Tel.: +49 34424 82505
Fax: +49 3441 6846582513


An den Seefichten 21,
15234 Frankfurt/Oder

Geschäftsführer: Ralf Krüger

Tel.: +49 335 41477-30
Fax: +49 335 41477-50


Rosensteg 5,
99768 Harztor

Geschäftsführer: Sebastian Sprich

Tel.: +49 36331 369-0
Fax: +49 36331 369-22 
       +49 36331 369-37


Fundgrube Anna und Schindler Nr.4,
08289 Schneeberg

Geschäftsführer: Bergassessor Dipl.-Ing. Tobias Steinert

Tel.: +49 3772 28485
Fax: +49 3772 395783


Delfter Straße 11,
09599 Freiberg

Geschäftsführer: Dipl.-Ing. Lothar Plutz

Tel.: +49 3731 262-30
Fax: +49 3731 262-320


Turleyring 13,
09376 Oelsnitz/Erzgeb.

Geschäftsführer: Dipl. Ing. Matthias Bösl, Prokurist: André Bösl

Tel.: +49 37298 34-0
Fax: +49 37298 34-100


Eschenstraße 55
31224 Peine

Managing Director (Technical): Dr. Thomas Lautsch
Representative for the VBGU:  Dr. Christoph Löwer - Head of Berlin Liaison Office

Tel.:          +49 5171  43-2103


Am Umweltpark 3-5
44793 Bochum

Managing Director: Dr. Ralf Bufler (CEO)  

Tel.: +49 6257 504-408
Fax: +49 6257 504-360  


Haustenbecke 1,
44319 Dortmund

Geschäftsführer: Dipl.-Ing. Jochen Greinacher
Ansprechpartner für VBGU: Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Ahlbrecht

Tel.: +49 231 2891-396 / 395
Fax: +49 231 2891-492


Nordhäuser Str. 2
D-99752 Bleicherode

CEO: Dr. Peter C.G. Davids

Tel.:   036338 67 - 0 

Am TÜV 1,
45307 Essen

Geschäftsführung: Dr.-Ing. Maik Tiedemann (CEO), Dipl.-Ing. Jens-Peter Lux (MD)

Tel.: +49 201 172-2002
Fax: +49 201 172-1006


Senior Consultant
Außerordentliches Mitglied

Tel.: +49 30 40054-270
Fax: +49 30 40054-271

E-Mail: -
Website: -

Bergwerk Niederschlag
Oberwiesenthaler Straße 61 A
D- 09484 Kurort Oberwiesenthal

Geschäftsführer: Thomas Leypold
Tel.-Nr. +49 69 2475320 30
Fax   +49 69 2475320 33


Hof am Alten Fernweg - Talstr.29,
09627 Bobritzsch

Geschäftsführer: Dr. Bernd Buschmann, Dr. Michael Trinkler

Tel.: +49 37325 92706
Fax: +49 37325 23460


Planetenfeldstraße 120
44379 Dortmund

CEO: Dr. Archibald Richter

Tel: +49 231 9640213

Verwaltungsring 10,
04571 Rötha

Geschäftsführer: Dipl.-Geophysiker Thomas Hohlfeld, Dr. Andreas Schuck

Tel.: +49 34206 3031-11
Fax: + 49 34206 3031-10


Wolfener Straße 36 U,
12681 Berlin

Geschäftsführer (Vorsitz): Till Singhal-Bohrmann

Tel.: +49 30 93651-319
Fax: +49 30 93651-250


Saalbahnhofstraße 25c,
07743 Jena

Geschäftsführer: Dipl.-Ing. agr. Christoph Scheibert

Tel.: +49 3641 4535-0 / -39
Fax: +49 3641 442806


Magdeburger Straße 26b,
39245 Gommern

Geschäftsführer: Dr. Wolfgang Eiserbeck, Peter Anclam

Tel.: +49 391 54466-97
Fax: +49 391 54466-98

Website: -

Stadtrodaer Str. 69,
07548 Gera

Geschäftsführer: Sebastian Palm

Tel.: +49 365 82 450-0
Fax: +49 365 82 450-70


Halsbrücker Straße 34
09599 Freiberg

Executive Board:  Dr. rer. nat. Uta Alisch, Dieter Poetke

Phone: +49 30 549799750
Fax: +49 30 549799759


Kalkwerk 8,
09514 Lengefeld

Geschäftsführer: Dipl.-Ing. Frank Hippelein, Joachim Mojzis

Tel.: +49 37367 60-0
Fax: +49 37367 2238


Wiesestraße 6
07548 Gera, Germany

Managing Director: Thomas Schmidt, Bernd Rößler 

Tel.: +49 365 55 20 18 70
Fax: +49 365 55 20 18 74


Gewerbepark "Schwarze Kiefern",
09633 Halsbrücke OT Tuttendorf

Geschäftsführer: Jan Richter

Tel.: +49 3731 369-0
Fax: +49 3731 369-200


Gesellschaft für Baugrund & Umweltuntersuchungen

Hönower Straße 35,
10318 Berlin

Geschäftsführer: Dipl.-Geol. Ronald Grube,Dipl.-Geol. Frank Grote

Tel.: +49 30 922113-63
Fax: +49 30 922113-64


Geotechnik Umwelttechnik Bautechnik

Katharinenstraße 11,
08056 Zwickau

Vorstand: Dr.-Ing. Roger Tynior, Dipl.-Ing. Konrad Schmidt

Tel.: +49 375 27175-10
Fax: +49 375 27175-1299


Wilhelmstraße 98
D-44649 Herne

Geschäftsführer: Dipl. Oec. Claus Ostheide
Ansprechpartner VBGU: Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Sebastian Hildner

Tel.-Nr. +49 (0)2325/57-1551
Fax   +49 (0)2325/57-1559


Niederlassung Berlin,
Friedrichstraße 185, Haus E,
10117 Berlin

Ressortleiter Umweltdienstleistungen, Vice President Environmental Services: Dipl.-Geogr. Klaus Forsthofer

Tel.: +49 30 293991-0
Fax: +49 30 293991-44


Hemmerder Hellweg 35
59427 Unna

Ansprechpartner: Dr. Bernd Schürmann

Tel: 0172 3258211
Fax: 02308 9308306


Wallstraße 15/15a,
10179 Berlin

Geschäftsführer: Dipl.-Ing. Martin Wagner

Tel.: +49 30 240 485-0
Fax: +49 30 240 485-19


Betriebsteil Sollstedt,
Kalistraße 1,
99759 Sollstedt

Geschäftsführer: Thomas Döring

Tel.: +49 36338 39-0
Fax: +49 36338 39-222


Südhang 22
35394 Gießen

Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Kleinsorge

Tel.: 0170 5764875


Senior Consultant

Fenn 6 A,
14554 Seddiner See / OT Seddin

Tel.: +49 33205 498-81
Fax: +49 33205 498-82

Website: -

Gewerbering 6,
76706 Dettenheim-Rußheim

Geschäftsführer: Edelbert Krämer, Christopher Göckel

Tel.: +49 7255 719-310
Fax: +49 7255 719-311


Burgstr. 1,
03130 Spremberg, Germany

Blas Urioste - Projektmanager

Tel.:  +49 176 800 652 14


Bamlerstraße 5d
45151 Essen

Geschäftsführer: Patrick Langan
Ansprechpartner für VBGU: Herbert Holzer

Tel.-Nr.: +49 201 809 83 500
Fax-Nr.: +49 201 809 83 9605


Geseniusstraße 18 b,
99734 Nordhausen

Geschäftsführer: Dr.-Ing. Thomas Fliß   

Tel.: +49 3631 46899-0
Fax: +49 3631 46899-99


Industrieweg 2a
99734 Nordhausen

Geschäftsführer: Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Uwe Macholdt

Tel: +49 3631 632600
Fax: +49 3631 632601


Hunscheidtstraße 100,
44789 Bochum

Geschäftsführer: Dr.-Ing. Sarim Zaidi

Tel.: +49 234 579 2699-702
Fax: +49 234 579 2699-703


Platz der Oktoberopfer 1 A,
09599 Freiberg

Geschäftsführung: Dr. Marco Roscher, Dr. Thomas Bünger, Antony Truelove

Tel.-Nr. +49 (0)3731 / 77 58 158
Fax   +49 (0)3731 / 77 58 159


Geschäftsbereich Bergbau

Industrieweg 2a,
99734 Nordhausen

Geschäftsführer: Dipl.-Berging. Michael Seifert (Vorsitz), André Ponndorf, Thomas Stäter

Tel.: +49 3631 632-450
Fax: +49 3631 632-334


Talstraße 9
01662 Meißen, Germany
CEO: Dr. Tillmann Blaschke

Tel.: +49 3521-468520

Limbacher Str. 63,
09113 Chemnitz

Geschäftsführer: Gerhard Henkel

Tel.: +49 371 355 778-0
Fax: +49 371 355 778-29


Dombergweg 1,
98527 Suhl

Geschäftsführer: Dipl.-Ing. Klaus Mrotzek

Tel.: +49 3681 7106-0
Fax: +49 3681 7106-20


Verein für Technische Sicherheit und Umweltschutz e.V.
Hersdorfstraße 6
D-99867 Gotha

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Günther Apel - 1. Vorsitzender
Dipl.-Ing. Martin Anders – 2. Vorsitzender

Tel.: 03621 301034

Zum Windkanal 21,
01109 Dresden

Geschäftsführer: Lars Braun, Andreas Klameth

Tel.: +49 351 88646-00
Fax: +49 351 8865774


Jagdschänkenstraße 29,
09117 Chemnitz

Geschäftsführer: Dr. Michael Paul, Techn. Ressort
Rainer M. Türmer, Belegschafts- und Kaufm. Ressort

Tel.: +49 371 8120-0
Fax: +49 371 8120-584


Dipl.-Ing. Oek. Andreas Bösl

Dr. Klaus Erler
Senior Consultant
Außerordentliches Mitglied
Tel.: +49 30 40054-270
Fax: +49 30 40054-271

Dipl.-Ing. Dietmar Leupold

Dr. Horst Richter

Dr. Bodo Schirmer

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Schmidt (Oberberghauptmann a.D.)

Prof. Dr. phil. Rainer Slotta

Dr.-Ing. Helmut Springer

Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Kümpel
Präsident a.D. der Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR)

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Mann