Climate protection and sustainability

Ulm University aims to be climate neutral in 2030.

Climate protection and sustainability at Ulm University


Ulm University has adopted a qualified energy saving and climate protection concept. The goal of achieving climate neutrality in 2030 has furthermore developed a sustainability strategy. Climate protection and sustainability are already playing a major role in many areas: in research, in teaching and in technology and knowledge transfer. In fact, the University has been identifying energy saving potentials for many years.

Ulm University has been able to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions from electricity/heating/cooling by around 90% since 2003. This was achieved by switching to district heating and green electricity as part of the tender in Baden-Württemberg and by increasing energy efficiency through heat recovery.

The greenhouse gas balance for the year 2022 is available here (in German only).  

Energy saving and climate protection concept

Ulm University endorses and supports the efforts of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg to achieve greenhouse gas neutrality on the balance sheet of the state administration by 2030. To this end, it has adopted a Qualified Energy Saving and Climate Protection Concept, which defines 19 areas of action. Find out more.


All four faculties are running research projects concerning the protection of our climate, environment and species. Our scientists are searching for environmentally friendly batteries of the future, for example. Ulm's Science City is, in fact, home to one of the world's leading centres for energy research. Another research project in chemistry is dedicated to materials and methods for light-driven water splitting and takes nature as a model for novel energy converters. The life sciences at Ulm University research why the world needs ecosystems such as wetlands, and how climate change, pesticides or new pathogens affect animals and humans. In the area of economics, the Institute of Sustainable Corporate Management dedicates its research to sustainability management. 

You can find more detailed descriptions of research topics in the online reports of the university magazine uni ulm intern or in u-topics from June 2020 and December 2022 (in German only).

Study programmes

The master's programme Sustainable Corporate Management (MSc) focuses on sustainability management. It imparts knowledge of environmental management systems, social standards, sustainability reporting guidelines and socio-ecological control variables. Learn more about the study programme here.

Other study programmes at Ulm University in the fields of natural sciences, technology, mathematics or economics also offer sound knowledge to help understand complex interrelationships and to be able to contribute to solving current and future challenges.


Technology and knowledge transfer 

Transferring knowledge and technology  (in German only) from university to society is also described as the third mission of universities. Ulm University has specified its goals in this area in the form of a Transfer Mission Statement, in which sustainability plays a special role. The knowledge transfer takes place in the form of various events for citizens, where the activities centre on sharing the latest findings, exchange and citizen participation. For example, the energy revolution was the theme of the Autumn Academy in 2022, which is organised by the Centre for General Continuing Academic Education (ZAWiW) (in German only). Sustainability is also a major topic in the training for founders of spin-off companies at the Entrepreneurs Campus of Ulm University (in German only).



Student activities

Many students at Ulm University are concerned about sustainability and climate protection and campaign for it in student groups. They draw attention to a sustainable and environmentally conscious way of living with a variety of event formats, actions or in discussion rounds, and become active themselves. The online report of the university magazine uni ulm intern from June 2020 gives an overview of some student-led university groups and initiatives. (in German only)


Prof. Dr. Michael Kühl
Vizepräsident für Kooperationen (Vice President Outreach)
Phone: +49 (0)731/50-22012