Energy Efficiency Plan
New buildings - refurbishment of existing buildings - use and operation
The establishment of a carbon-neutral state administration will take more than just a few years. Efforts to develop alternative energy concepts, the provision of considerable investment and material resources and comprehensive information on how to handle energy in a climate-friendly way are required to reach this target. The biggest part of the CO2 emissions is caused by the buildings' energy supply. Therefore, particular importance has to be attached to the mitigation measures related to buildings and operation. In order to support the Hessian state government in its efforts to reach the CO2 reduction targets, an Energy Efficiency Plan 2030 has been elaborated aiming at the increase of energy efficiency and the reduction of CO2 emissions caused by state-owned buildings. The respective measures refer to the following fields:
- Construction of new buildings
- Energy-oriented refurbishment of existing buildings
- Use and operation
For the construction of new buildings and the energy-oriented refurbishment of existing ones state-wide uniform standards regarding energy efficiency have been determined. In addition, a comprehensive refurbishment program for the state's existing buildings is on the agenda. In order to optimize the behavior of the buildings' users coaching and training measures are offered or competitions are organized. As of the beginning of the year 2010 the state government's target to switch the state buildings' power supply completely to electricity from renewable energy sources (green electricity) has been reached almost a 100 percent. Since then the state-owned building properties have been supplied with energy from water power plants.