How can Ulm's industrial and commercial area Donautal become more climate-friendly? In a new real-world lab of the Ulm University in cooperation with Aalen University, a concept for the future is to be developed together with management and employees. The nucleus is the "Donautal Connect Initiative," an association of local companies under the umbrella of the German Association of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (BVMW). The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts (MWK) is funding the new "Klima Connect Industriegebiet Donautal" real-world lab for three years with around one million euros.

In a triad of mobility (Ulm University), greenhouse gas balancing (Ulm University) and energy efficiency, climate adaptation measures and ecology (HS Aalen), an overarching climate protection strategy is to be co-developed for the Donau Valley industrial area. The project is also supported by the Stadtwerke Ulm and the City of Ulm.

"As an interface between science, business, politics and society, real-world labs 'made in BW' contribute decisively  to climate protection with their projects.

What is more, the "Klima Connect" real-world lab helps to develop a comprehensive climate protection strategy for the Danube Valley industrial area..." This is how Science Minister Theresia Bauer commented on the new real-world lab.

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Britta Stegen
projekt coordination

Ulm University
Institute of Sustainable Corporate Management
Helmholtzstrasse 18
89081 Ulm

Phone: +49 (0) 731 50-32362
@: britta.stegen(at)

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Mater Thesis "Greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting of companies based on freely available data" in the study programme Business Chemistry (supervision Prof. Hiete).

This work aimed to investigate the extent to which GHG balances for companies and industrial areas can be drawn up on the basis of generally available information. Even if (mainly) statistical approaches exist and are partly applied, the estimated emissions are often quite inaccurate. Problems exist in particular with the balance boundaries. For example, the direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions of companies depend heavily on the extent to which energy supply and upstream processes with high GHG intensity are outsourced. In contrast, the sum of Scope 1, 2, and 3 GHG emissions can be estimated more precisely - as compared to the direct Scope. Another problem is that the approaches have been developed in particular for large companies. Overall, there is need for further research in this area.

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