Institute for Resource Management
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Projects Infrastructure Development

Municipal water partnerships: Establishing a pool of operators for international cooperation

Municipal water and wastewater operators have the knowledge, skills and experience that are particularly needed in the countries of the global South. On behalf of the GIZ, inter 3 is conducting an analysis on the operator landscape in Germany, while also being responsible for establishing a pool of interested wastewater companies....more

Fair and resilient resource relations between urban and rural areas

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With the instruments of innovation management, inter 3 supports the development and implementation of fair and resilient urban-rural relationships around the Lübeck forest, agricultural and energy industries....more

Flexible Utility: Making urban supply infrastructures fit for climate change

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In the project, inter 3 and partners investigate how flexibility in the use of infrastructure services can reduce particularly high, short-term demand for services and how this supports climate-resilient urban development....more

Stadtsicherheit 3D: Strengthening perceived safety in public spaces

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The perception of personal safety in public spaces varies individually, however specific factors of urban design may limit or support it. Within the project "Stadtsicherheit 3D” ("urban security 3D”), inter 3 supports the development of a 3D planning tool by analyzing the context of its implementation....more

FLEXIBLE UTILITY – Climate resilience and efficiency in urban infrastructures (Definition Phase)

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How can the proper functioning of infrastructure systems under changing climatic conditions be ensured? The research project "FLEXITILITY” searches systematically for new ways to introduce flexible strategies of infrastructure operation. In this context, inter 3 is responsible for the development of societal approaches for flexible resource consumption as well as for the innovation management of holistic approaches for flexible infrastructure operation....more

Elimination of micro-pollutants in municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants (ZeroTrace)

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Worldwide, 50 million organic chemical compounds are circulating, 5,000 of which are regarded as potentially harmful to the environment. Germany has a lot of industrial agglomerations, and wastewater and water bodies are often heavily contaminated. Almost every household and industry is connected to a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), but these are often not designed to handle contamination with pharmaceutical residues and organic trace substances. The BMBF-funded ZeroTrace project aims at developing new processes for eliminating micro-pollutants in municipal and industrial WWTPs....more

Welcome perspectives - Migrants4Cities: Migrants design the sustainable city of the future in Mannheim

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How would migrants design a (more) sustainable city of Mannheim? Would the city benefit from intercultural perspectives? inter 3, the city of Mannheim and the TU Berlin create an urban design thinking process, focusing on the idea of a climate-friendly and livable city....more

ZiBiKli: Target group-specific education modules for implementing climate change adaptation measures in river basins

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Torrential rain, severe storms, or long-lasting heat-waves: Local effects of climate change have become more and more noticeable and pose manifold challenges for involved parties and local decision-makers. In comparison with climate protection, climate adaptation attracts less public and municipal attention. With the aim of strengthening the implementation of existing adaptation concepts and recommended actions, inter 3 develops target group-specific education modules....more

The re-productive town – strategies for sustainable transformation of urban areas

The research project "Die re-produktive Stadt” (the re-productive town) aims at identifying new ways to use secondary resources for the benefit of the community. In this context, inter 3 is responsible for innovation management and the institutionalization of re-use concepts in the partner region....more

CIRMin: Increased Resilience of Critical Infrastructures

How does a blackout impact on water supply systems and how can their complete breakdown be avoided? These questions are in the focus of the research project "KIRMin – Kritische Infrastruktur-Resilienz als Mindestversorgungskonzept” (CIRMin – Critical Infrastructures Resilience as a Minimum Supply Concept)....more

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