Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH (KBB)

Environmental Management in Compliance with EMAS

Sustainable and Efficient Facility Management

Since environmental management was introduced into KBB’s operations, consumption figures for heating, electricity and CO2 emissions have been continually collected, evaluated and optimised.

The technical and energy-related refurbishment of KBB’s own venues marked a turning point in the sustainable management of the institution’s buildings: Refurbishment measures resulted in saved resources and significantly improved energy efficiency.

In 2013, KBB switched to green power, marking another important milestone. Electricity consumption is one of KBB’s most significant environmental aspects. By purchasing green electricity, the company’s emissions of CO2 and other pollutants have been reduced considerably. Since its introduction in 2013, 10,288.64 tons less of climate-damaging CO2 have been emitted across all of KBB’s areas of operations. The significance of these savings may be illustrated in the following: 823,091 beech trees would have to be planted over a life span of 80 years, which would correspond to a forest size of 310 acres, or around 176 football fields (www.handelsblatt.com/technik/energie-umwelt/klima-orakel-wie-viele-baeume-sind-noetig-um-eine-tonne-co2-zu-binden/3201340.html).

Examples of Measure Taken

  • Exclusive use of green electricity since 2013
  • Photovoltaic system on the roof of Gropius Bau
  • Refurbishment of the air conditioning and heating installations at Haus der Berliner Festspiele and fitting of a heat recovery system
  • Replacement of the steel-glass-façade at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW)
  • Energy-related renovation of the exterior of Haus der Berliner Festspiele as well as other measures in the fields of sound and heat insulation
  • Gradual refitting of power-efficient LED-lamps in all buildings