Last Update:
March 1, 2012

Management of new technologies

  • Innovative technologies offer solutions for society’s challenges, such as climate protection, health and nutrition
  • Instrument for assessing sustainability in nanoproducts developed in a joint project with the Öko-Institut e.V.

Innovative technologies such as plant biotechnology or nanotechnology offer solutions for the key challenges our society faces – for instance, in the areas of climate protection or health and nutrition. Products made using new technologies are often subject to higher standards than all other products.

Our Code of Conduct Nanotechnology sets out principles for using nanomaterials. In the past five years, we have taken part in approximately 25 projects, collaborations and partnerships related to safety research. The NanoGEM project, for example, investigates the lifecycle of functionalized nanoparticles and nanocomposite material. In Europe, we participate in endeavors like the MARINA joint project to establish reference methods and a test strategy for nanomaterials safety.

Since 2010, we have been involved in a project coordinated by the Öko-Institut e.V. (Institute for Applied Ecology) to develop an instrument for assessing the sustainability of nanoproducts. We analyzed the concrete admixture X-SEED® in a pilot trial. This test, completed in 2011, demonstrated that X-SEED helps to significantly reduce carbon emissions as well as energy and resource consumption in construction.

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