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Energising tomorrow’s world

How can we improve energy efficiency? How should we build the energy systems of the future? How do we bring together people who will make the difference?

And how can we strengthen international cooperation? Our projects design energy for tomorrow’s world.

Energy efficiency

The energy transition calls for innovation and a fresh mindset. Our current level of energy consumption must be halved as quickly as possible. And it is imperative to satisfy this demand using regenerative energy sources that protect our climate and environment. The energy transition will be more successful if we use electricity, heat and fuel efficiently.

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Drawdown book: Global warming is reversible

Climate protection initiative gives a preview of the German edition of the Drawdown book with the 100 most effective climate protection measures and invites clever minds to participate

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Energy systems

Tomorrow’s energy systems will have to overcome many and varied challenges. Production, distribution and consumption need to be linked intelligently in order to guarantee a constant supply of renewable energy.

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Renewable energy

The expansion of renewable energy has already made significant progress in Germany, especially in the electricity sector. Now the focus now is increasingly on linking the energy systems. Knowledge and technology transfer on an international level is important here.

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23 Projects

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Pilot project: Energy efficiency cooperatives – street lighting

During the pilot project dena is supporting three model local communities, which, together with existing energy cooperatives, are implementing projects for the modernisation of street lighting.

Overview

  • Pilot project for cooperation between local communities and energy cooperatives in the modernisation of street lighting
  • Support for project implementation in three model local communities
  • Energy efficiency cooperatives to be established as an additional financing option for the modernisation of street lighting at local level.
  • Project term: 6/2016 to 12/2017
  • Funding provided by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy

Energy Efficiency Award

dena’s nationwide Energy Efficiency Campaign is helping companies to exploit existing energy and cost-saving potential.

Overview

  • Project start: 2007
  • 661 energy efficiency projects submitted
  • 8 terawatt-hours in annual energy savings
  • 44 state governments
  • 40 prizes awarded
  • 30,000 euros in prize money
  • 1 expert jury

 

Office of Energy Efficiency Platform and Energy Efficiency 2050 Roadmap

The Energy Efficiency Platform is the central dialogue forum for the development of the German government’s Energy Efficiency 2050 Roadmap. The aim is to develop suitable strategies for increasing energy efficiency in a broad discourse with stakeholders. The associated office is run by dena.

Overview

  • Project start: March 1st, 2020
  • Project duration: 3 years
  • Central dialogue forum for the consultation process of the federal government's energy efficiency strategy with broad participation from the business sectors concerned, consumers, civil society representatives and scientific experts, including the organization of 30 AG meetings and six plenary events.
  • Scientific support: Prognos, Fraunhofer ISI, ifeu and Wuppertal Institute
  • On behalf of the leading departments BMWi, BMVI, BMI and BMU

Ideas competition of BMU

The competition “RE:frame energy efficiency. New ideas for climate-friendly buildings” is part of the climate protection action plan which sets out strategic goals and measures for achieving the energy policy goals by 2020.

Overview

  • Project start: November 2016
  • On behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), carried out by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI)
  • Project term: 24 months
  • Project partners: EUMB Pöschk, mcQuadrat

Individual refurbishment roadmap for residential buildings

The individual refurbishment road map for residential buildings presents the coordinated steps of an energy-efficient refurbishment process. Together with consortium partners, dena is developing an overall methodology for this purpose.

Overview

  • Project start: July 2015
  • Consortium consisting of: dena, ifeu, PHI
  • Client: BMWi
  • Documents developed: Booklets "My refurbishment road map" and "Implementation aid for your measures" for homeowners, brief instructions and manual for energy consultants.

Campaign “zukunft haus” (“future house”).

What was originally conceived of as a portal for informing and motivating owners in 2003 has now developed into an extensive campaign and a mainstay for stakeholders from the industry and politicians, as well as for the press.

Overview

  • Project start: 2003
  • Over 9,000 newsletter subscribers
  • Approx. 30,000 press reports with a total reach (circulation) of 1.2 billion
  • Turnover of more than 6.3 million information brochures
  • Free hotline: over 100,000 questions on energy efficiency in buildings
  • Website: (consumer) information tailored specifically for a particular target group; over 8 million visitors on central internet platform

Energy Efficiency Networks

In the context of the Campaign, the German Federal Government has agreed with 22 associations and organisations to establish around 500 new energy efficiency networks by end of 2020.

Overview

  • Project duration: 2015 - 2020
  • Partners: BMWi and BMU + 22 industrial associations
  • Project objective: 500 networks by end of 2020:
  • Project objective: 75 PJ in primary energy savings
  • Project objective: 5 million-tonne reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

 

Check-in Energy Efficiency pilot project

dena's pilot project demonstrates the energy saving potential in the accommodation sector and ways to exploit this potential. Concrete refurbishment properties are to serve as examples of economically, ecologically and socially acceptable concepts for the "hostel of the future".

Overview

  • Project start: 2015
  • Number of participants: 30
  • Funded by: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • Partners: Viessmann, Daikin
  • Media partners: Hotel & Technik, Superior Hotel

 

 

German-Ukrainian Efficient House Pilot Project

A building refurbishment project in Ukraine organised by dena, Initiative Wohnungswirtschaft Osteuropa, the East European Housing Industry Initiative, and Kompetenzzentrum Großsiedlungen e.V., Centre of Expertise for Large Housing Estates, has met with enthusiastic response in Ukraine. The focus here is on 20 pilot projects for the energy-efficient refurbishment of apartment buildings in Ukraine.

Overview

  • Project start: 2015
  • 1,000 expressions of interest in participation were received within just a short period of time
  • 20 pilot projects launched in 2016
  • Collaboration of German and Ukrainian partners
  • Funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Efficient House Pilot Project

The “Efficient House" pilot project by dena has focused on the energy-saving refurbishment of residential buildings since 2003, and of municipal buildings since 2007, with a special focus on schools, to create high standards of energy efficiency.

Overview

  • Project duration: 2003 - 2014
  • energy-saving refurbishment and assessment of over 400 residential and non-residential buildings in Germany
  • over 300,000 m2 of living space refurbished
  • CO2- annual reduction of over 3.7 million tonnes in residential buildings
  • average reduction in energy consumption of 80 percent during the pilot projects
  • 98 of the investors recommend energy-efficient refurbishment