BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – In the face of the energy crisis, the federal government wants to set a good example and focus on the economy. In many ministries, cooling is already turned off, as well as savings on heating. Some houses are still wondering what can be done, according to a poll by a German news agency. And some ministries have planned more extensive activities than others.
According to the Federal Ministry of Economy and Climate Protection, he wants to save about 15 percent from autumn. on heating energy. Among other things, the temperature should be lowered longer at night. In summer, the house of the head of the department, Robert Habeck (The Greens), even wants to save 40 percent of energy. Air-conditioned rooms should only be cooled down to 26 degrees Celsius – the only exception are server and technical rooms, where stronger cooling is necessary for technical reasons. For comparison, the Ministry of Health and Defense said it had set the room temperature to 22 degrees Celsius.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already taken various measures to save energy, the ministry said. Among other things, cooling systems were turned off and solar or photovoltaic systems were installed on the roof. For better protection against the heat of summer, you should also wear reflective window films. According to the information, only a few rooms are cooled inside. “Up to an outside temperature of 30 degrees, the inside temperature is 24 degrees,” said Annalena Baerbock (Greens) from the ministry. At outside temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius, the temperature inside also increases.
CDU energy politician Andreas Jung generally demanded ambitious energy savings from the ministries. “Do not cool more than 26, 27 degrees. Save on lighting. Save on heating where possible. If every public building does this, things will work out, “Jung told Welt earlier this week. It would also be a signal that the situation is serious. “We have to do something now, we not only appeal to others, we start where we can do something ourselves,” emphasized Jung.
The employees of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs also have to do something themselves: as there is no air conditioning in the rooms and no central temperature setting on the radiators, the ministry depends on the pro-climatic behavior of its employees. They are being asked to set the heating as low as possible and lower the temperature further while they are absent, a spokeswoman said.
Many other official federal ministry buildings do not have air conditioning, for example, rooms in large parts of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, certain parts of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Defense, or the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
in Federal Ministry of the Interior An energy-saving geothermal system that uses geothermal heat is used. The spokesman announced that the heat will be used only when it is not enough. In addition, a photovoltaic system has recently been installed on the roof of the building. The reduction of room temperature over the coming heating season is currently being investigated.
Seven of the fifteen federal ministries said they have implemented an EU-developed environmental management system – or intend to do so. Thanks to this system, it is possible to eliminate ecological and economic weaknesses in organizations, as well as save materials, energy and thus costs. This was confirmed by the Ministries of Transport, Education, Environment, Labor, Finance and Development and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to a spokeswoman for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the system is due to be introduced in all highest federal authorities by 2025.
In addition, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of the Environment said they had reduced or partially disabled hot water treatment. In addition, in many ministries – incl. Ministry of Interior and Administration, Labor and Finance – lighting systems that are not important for safety are to be turned off. In the Federal Foreign Office, old lamps with high energy consumption are replaced by energy-saving LED lamps.
Last week, the Council of Elders decided that the offices of Bundestag members, their employees and the Bundestag administration should only be heated to 20 degrees instead of 22 degrees in winter. Until now, air conditioning systems provided a pleasant 24 to 26 degrees in summer depending on the temperature outside, but in the future it will be 26 to 28 degrees./djj/DP/zb