Topic 6

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Evaluation of the climate neutral campus with sustainability indicators <<

Management: Prof. Dr. Tobias Popović

In parallel with the aforementioned topics and in dialogue with the stakeholders, indicators for the most comprehensive evaluation possible of the various energy measures are to be identified. The goal of the investigation is to identify various sustainability indicators in addition to the traditional economic efficiency criteria in order to analyse energy-efficient investments for universities and to correlate them with each other. Due to its interdisciplinary approach, this topic is geared towards assessing technical innovations as well as the existing situations in all departments of the university by means of sustainability indicators (focus: energy measures). This is to take place on different levels:

  • the economic level (e.g. with the aid of the investment calculator)
  • on the level of the “traditional” sustainability dimensions – environment, society, governance (ESG)
  • in line with various design fields for universities – developed by the network Hochschulen für Nachhaltige Entwicklung – HNE (Universities for Sustainable Development) – that are already being implemented by the Zentrum für Nachhaltige Entwicklung – ZNE (Centre for Sustainable Development) at the HFT Stuttgart (teaching, research, operation/institution, transfer, forms of governance)
  • on the structural and urban development level: indicators modelled after the certification models of the DGNB, BREEAM and LEED

By employing easily comprehensible sustainability criteria, the results of the analyses on technical, ecological, economic, social and governance levels will simplify the decision processes with regard to energy-efficiency investments and make them transparent. In the later progression of the project also, how far the EMASplus (Advanced holistic Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) is suitable for an integrated sustainability management along the five design fields of the HFT (including that of energy management) is to be tested. Here, the project is striving for a close dovetailing with the existing structures of the environmental management system of the HFT. The environmental consultants KATE Umwelt & Entwicklung, who have been involved in the process so far, will support the economic, ecological and social performance assessment in accordance with EMASplus.