Summit meeting with environmental associations
On February 25, 2020, Dr. Richard Lutz met with a number of environmental associations: Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation Germany (Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland; BUND), the German Nature Conservation Association (Deutscher Naturschutzring; DNR), Environmental Action Germany (Deutsche Umwelthilfe; DUH), Greenpeace, the German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (Naturschutzbund Deutschland; NABU) and the German Transport and Environmental Association (Verkehrsclub Deutschland; VCD). The discussions focused on the expansion of the network and the ongoing electrification work, the increase in the use of renewable energies and the acceleration of planning and construction processes.
Advisory Board for a quieter Middle Rhine Valley
In 2020 a further meeting of the Advisory Board for a quieter Middle Rhine Valley (Mittelrheintal; MRT) took place. The members of the Advisory Board received information on the status of the implementation of the noise remediation measures. A total of about € 135 million will be invested in additional noise-reducing projects in the coming years on both sides of the Rhine. By the end of 2020, a total of about 100 km of rail dampers had been installed. Noise barriers, low noise barriers and railing cladding from the MRT feasibility study are currently being planned.