Bielefeld University obtains more than 95% of its thermal energy from the district heating network of the city of Bielefeld. On average, the university obtains 59,100,000 kWh /year of district heating* per year (2021). This corresponds to the demand of about 6,000 4-person households.
*District heating in Bielefeld consists of waste incineration and wood chip combustion and to some extent gas.
Only about 5% of the heat demand of Bielefeld University is covered by gas. This corresponds to a consumption of 3,000,000 kWh gas/year on average (2021). This corresponds to the demand of 300 4-person households.
Bielefeld University draws 100% green electricity. The university installs photovoltaic systems on the roofs of new buildings. This allows it to generate 162 kWp of electricity itself. On average, the university consumes 33,600,000 kWh of electricity per year (2021). This corresponds to the demand of 8,400 4-person households.