On May 17, 2011, Freie Universität Berlin was the first higher education institution in Berlin to sign a climate protection agreement with the state of Berlin. The agreement calls for significant energy efficiency measures between now and 2015.
The agreement includes 18 different measures in order to reduce the university´s energy consumption by an additional ten percent by 2015 and to cut CO2 emissions by about 5,400 tons.
In the past 12 years the university has already reduced its energy use by nearly 25 percent, or 40 million kilowatt-hours. Thus the university has not only made a significant contribution to achieving Berlin`s climate protection targets, but has also demonstrated clearly that public institutions have considerable room for taking action.
In addition to continuing technical modernisation activities and the university’s bonus scheme for energy savings, the climate protection agreement also focuses on the implementation of the Green IT action program, and the development of an online energy monitoring system.