13. Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The higher education institution discloses the extent, type and impact of greenhouse gas emissions and states its targets for reducing emissions and achievements to date.

The Environmental-Campus Birkenfeld is the first "Zero Emission University" in Europe, as the property is completely supplied with renewable energies in terms of heat and electricity. The following figure shows the heat supply of the Umwelt-Campus. In a nearby woodchip-fired combined heat and power plant, heat and electricity are generated from regional waste wood in a climate-neutral and efficient manner using cogeneration. The heat supplies not only all buildings on the university campus but also other neighboring companies via a local heating network. Another component of the energy supply system is an anaerobic digestion plant in which the organic waste of the region, thus also that of the environmental campus, is converted into biogas and valuable compost. Biogas is also used to generate electricity and heat via cogeneration.



The Environmental Campus obtains "green electricity" and also generates about 50% of its electricity needs renewably through large-scale solar installations on the roofs and facades. An ecological building concept and CO2-neutral energy, heating, and cooling supply as well as the latest building and plant technologies offer a unique place to "live, learn and work". Living" at the Environmental Campus is also energy-efficient. The new dormitories were built to low-energy and passive-house standards. The communications building at the Environmental Campus, which is used for conferences and many other events, is an energy-plus building. The building is basically designed as a passive house. The excellent insulation of the building envelope and highly efficient building technology reduce the need for heating energy to a minimum. The remaining primary energy demand of the communications building is overcompensated by an installed photovoltaic system so that arithmetically even more energy is generated than is consumed.
Following the "Living Lab" model, the Environmental Campus is a practical laboratory for sustainability, where students analyze and optimize the installed technologies as part of teaching and research projects.


Detailed information on the UCB's greenhouse gas emissions is provided in the "Sustainable Campus Management" chapter of the 2017/2018 Sustainability Report. New goals are set in the "2020 Goals" to promote sustainable mobility (current german Sustainability Report).