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 trusts
- 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
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Dr. Klaus Erler Senior Consultant
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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