Future energy supply and its impacts on the environment are among the big research topics dealt with by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). KIT also tries to meet its responsibility for ecology and the society on the internal level by the initiative “Energiewende am KIT” (energy turnaround at KIT) which also supports the climate protection concept of the city of Karlsruhe. The goal is environmentally compatible energy supply by the Stadtwerke Karlsruhe (utility company of the city of Karlsruhe). For heating on Campus South and Campus West, both of which are located within the city, KIT therefore uses district heating. As a result, CO2 emissions are reduced by 5300 tons. From 2016, KIT will additionally use 100 percent electricity from renewable energy sources on these campuses. This will reduce CO2 emissions by another 22,700 tons.
Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,300 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 24,400 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.