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Market monitoring report for energy services published

The latest market monitoring report for energy services for 2023 has been published. The challenging situation on the energy market in 2022 and 2023 is also reflected in the energy services sector. The mar-ket for energy consulting continues to grow, energy contracting remains stable, while the market for energy management is slightly declining.

KliOL: Aiming for climate-neutral hospitals

At 6%, GHG emissions from hospitals are twice as high as air traffic. In the NKI project KliOL, ifeu and the Institute of Global Health, Heidelberg University Hospital jointly drew up a comprehensive GHG balance sheet for Heidelberg University Hospital and began to implement specific climate protection measures for many operational work areas.

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Heat planning guidelines online: Practical orientation for local authorities and other planners

On behalf of the BMWK and the BMWSB, ifeu, in collaboration with several partners, has published the "Heat planning guidelines - recommendations for methodical procedures for local authorities and other planners" and the accompanying "Technical catalogue".

Gruppenbild des Abschlusstreffens des EU-Projekts BioSPRINT

Conclusion of the BioSPRINT project

At the end of the EU-funded BioSPRINT project, the project partners met in mid-May at the Fraunhofer Centre for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes (CBP) in Leuna, where key results of the final project phase were presented. These show that the production of valuable furan monomers from biomass is feasible and offers considerable potential for commercialisation.

Final conference "SuPraStadt II" - Understanding, experiencing and doing sufficiency yourself

At the end of the five-year research project "SuPraStadt", more than 70 people interested in sufficiency* from science, municipalities, practice and civil society came together in Heidelberg. Under the question "How can sufficiency be anchored locally?", experts exchanged views with municipal decision-makers and representatives of civil society. The conference took place in the new auditorium of the self-managed Collegium Academicum (CA) hall of residence in Heidelberg - one of the project's three living labs. The design and organisation of the CA enables the young residents to enjoy a high quality of life while at the same time conserving resources, e.g. through the communal use of space and objects or the construction of customised furniture themselves: everyone can contribute to social life with their ideas, strengths and preferences. durch soziale Teilhabe und Ressourcenschonung. The conference participants were able to see, hear and feel how it is possible to live sustainably with a large portion of sufficiency on a tour and in dialogue with residents. The vegan lunch, made from regional and organically grown food, was freshly prepared on site in a wok.

Haus in Sanierung mit Baugerüst

Study to the "roll-out" of renovation sprints published

With renovation sprints, detached and semi-detached houses can be completely refurbished in around 4 weeks. The study published today, which ifeu authored with partners, sheds light on the potential and policy instruments required to scale up this innovative approach.

ifeu Managing Director Martin Pehnt receives honorary professorship at the University of Kassel

The University of Kassel has appointed ifeu Managing Director Martin Pehnt as an honorary professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The university is thus honouring the energy expert's services to science and teaching. Pehnt has been researching the transformation of the energy system, renewable energies, energy efficiency and their technical, system-analytical and energy-political embedding for over two decades. In addition to his research, he advises national and international institutions and companies and is a member of the climate councils in Baden-Württemberg and Hamburg, among others.

ifeu at "Week of the Environment" in Berlin

ifeu will be represented at the "Week of the Environment" in the park of Bellevue Palace in Berlin on 4 and 5 June. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) are inviting visitors to an attractive specialist programme, exciting discussions and a major innovation show on all aspects of a sustainable future. Further information can be found here:

Inner-city car traffic with visible emissions

Current data from the Federal Environment Agency on greenhouse gas emissions from transport show a significant shortfall from the target in 2023

On 15 March 2024, the Federal Environment Agency published the preliminary data on Germany's greenhouse gas emissions in 2023 in a press release. These form the basis for reporting and for the development of the Federal Government's climate protection emergency programmes in accordance with the National Climate Protection Act (KSG). The UBA found that a total of around 673 million tonnes of greenhouse gases (GHG) were emitted in Germany in 2023 - 76 million tonnes or 10.1 percent less than in 2022. However, the transport sector in particular needs to take action on climate protection.