Energy supply information

In preparation for the upcoming winter semester, the Executive Board, the staff council and the crisis management team agreed on an emergency plan for dealing with reduced gas supplies. This plan is intended to ensure presence operation over the winter months. It also defines necessary measures to implement the regulation to secure energy supply through short-term effective measures.


Emergency plan to secure the energy supply

The emergency plan is structured in the form of a step-by-step plan in order to be able to react flexibly to further developments in the coming months and to adapt the heating concept of the university. In warning level 1, which is effective immediately, a room temperature of 19 °C must be maintained in all buildings (with the exception of the Audimax, gymnasium and greenhouse) for the period of validity of the above-mentioned ordinance. In addition, instantaneous water heaters in the university's restroom facilities must be switched off.

The Audimax will be taken out of service during the winter semester and will only be heated to the extent that the building fabric will not be damaged.

In order to reduce gas consumption, the following behavioral principles, in addition to the technical measures taken by the university, are to be observed by all university members and employees.


  1.  If available, manually adjustable heating thermostats should be set to maximum level 3 during the day. A setting of level 2 is recommended.
  2. In offices, manually adjustable heating thermostats should be set to level 1 before leaving at the end of a working day.
  3. During the heating period, the air in offices and teaching rooms should be exchanged by opening the windows wide (five-minutes-shock-ventilation). Afterwards, the windows must be closed. Tilting the windows is prohibited. While the windows are open, manually operated heating thermostats must be set to the frost protection position (snowflake symbol).
  4. The use of mobile heating devices (e.g. electric fan heaters) is prohibited.
  5. All doors must be kept closed during the heating period.
  6. The lights must be switched off when leaving the office or teaching rooms. In teaching rooms, all presentation equipment must be switched off. This is the responsibility of the teaching staff.
  7. If possible, electrical devices must be switched off completely at the end of work and should not be set to stand-by mode (e.g. monitors).


To support compliance with the behavioral principles, thermometers will be installed in all offices in the coming weeks. The teaching rooms will also be equipped with CO2-level indicators.

According to the Federal Network Agency, universities are protected customers. We therefore assume a secure gas supply and that there will be no further restrictions.