Cooperation agreement signed: HNE Eberswalde sets an example for climate-neutral mobility.(Deutsche Bahn)

DB396 In front of Saint Ulrich's Chapel

Class 423 operated by S-Bahn Munich GmbH as S2 to Dachau station passing Stumpfenbach with Saint Ulrich’s Chapel after having left Altomünster station.(Copyright: Deutsche Bahn AG / Uwe)

(Eberswalde, April 19, 2017) Students of the Academy of Sciences Eberswalde (HNEE) will be from September 2017 to the start of the winter semester 2017/18 climate neutral traveling by bus and train. With today’s public signing of the cooperation agreement between the university, the General Student Committee (AStA) and partners from the public transport (LPT) of the official start of the CO2 neutral Semesterticket was rung.

Since published in the January 2015 climate protection concept of HNEE, the university carries out in any action as little climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions, caused among other things by the use of energy to produce. The current climate record shows that around 270 tonnes of CO2 equivalent can not be avoided per year yet. In comparison, there were 2,014 still 330 tonnes of CO2 equivalent. These unavoidable emissions are offset through the support of an international climate protection project in Kenya.

For the HNEE minimizing CO2 emissions during operation of the university site is just the beginning: “We bridge the gap further and relate the area of ​​student mobility in public transport with a If you want to be environmentally friendly mobile and contribute to environmental protection. is the use of public transport anyway the better choice. However, we have managed now to become the first university in Germany a carbon-neutral semester ticket, makes me very proud and proves that the negotiations have paid off with our partners, “said University President Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Günther Vahrson.

With today’s signing of the contract, the cooperation partners Barnimer bus company DB Regio North East, S-Bahn Berlin and the Transport Association Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB) GmbH gave their official approval for the time being three-year pilot phase.

Jörg Werner, head of passenger marketing, DB Regio northeast. explains: 

“In this project, the tasks and the pursuit of HNEE link with climate change goals of Deutsche Bahn. In our region, this project is consistent “

1,000 tonnes of CO2 will be saved

The shuttle service between the residences of students and HNEE caused about 1,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year and is not part of the CO2 balance of the university. Climate protection manager HNEE, Henning Golüke, explains: “By means of additional green electricity purchases of transport companies that are not yet completely switched to green electricity and compensation services for the emissions of diesel vehicles, the carbon footprint for the rides to 0 g CO2 equivalents will be reduced. “the cost of the compensation payments are borne about equally by the cooperating transport companies, the HNEE and their students. The decision of students to contribute a “climate euros” per semester for the project, has fallen slightly to the student assembly.

Susanne Henckel, Managing Director, Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB):

“The Eberswalde Greencard that combines numerous functions such as the use of copiers, printers, and so too does the semester ticket for students, expanding the climate issue consistently on the daily path of the students. Thus it is an important step towards the reduction and compensation of greenhouse gases emissions for the students who HNEE and transport companies. It is clear that the energy revolution goes to all and all can contribute to a sustainable future. The Eberswalde university and its students go here to lead by example. “This first step towards climate-neutral mobility should like to be imitated. to make public transport more environmentally friendly, in the interest of the VBB and its partners.

Peter Buchner, CEO of S-Bahn Berlin, adds:

“Every project that anchors the environmental advantage of public transport firmly in our minds can be unambiguously described as a success project. We have to realize that mobility should not come at the expense of our natural resources. The carbon-neutral semester ticket for students of HNEE is just one example. I hope that we in the future with a lot of creativity and in numerous partnerships more ideas in this way develop.”