For TU Darmstadt, saving energy is a central concern with which we want to contribute to climate protection and sustainable development. Our goal is to reduce the energy demand and climate-damaging emissions of our buildings as much as possible in order to ensure a CO2-neutral energy supply for our university in the medium term.
The war in Ukraine and the associated energy crisis have presented TU Darmstadt with special challenges in 2022. Under the direction of the Executive Board, we have implemented numerous energy-saving measures together with the University Administration and Energy Management unit. We want to continue to build on these findings – in order to stabilise our energy consumption at a low level not only in winter, but throughout the year.
In the winter of 2022/23, the enforced energy crisis had an impact on research, teaching and administration. According to the specifications of the Hessian state government, all universities were to save 15 per cent in heat consumption and five per cent in electricity consumption. The TU reacted to the energy crisis by setting up an energy task force and working out and running through various scenarios for saving energy.
Thanks to our special expertise in the field of energy research and the committed actions of all TU members, we succeeded in achieving the required savings targets: Heat consumption was reduced by more than 20 per cent overall, electricity consumption by almost ten per cent. A two-week winter break also saved energy costs.
In order to present the successes in saving energy in a transparent way and thus also motivate staff and students to use electricity and gas responsibly, we provided daily updates on consumption on a website. At the same time, the consumption data was scientifically evaluated. We will continue to use this forecasting model in the future.