About the BIK

The BIK | Berlin Climate Protection Information Office guides you through the extensive network of activities in Berlin to protect the climate and the environment. The BIK provides both a general overview and specific insights – the big and the small picture – so that even more good ideas to protect the climate become a reality in the future. 

 

You would like to know who has already concluded a climate protection agreement with the Berlin Senate, the city state's administrate authority? Or you are looking for good examples of energyefficient modernisation of buildings? The BIK shows you where to find climate protection activists and their projects. You want to rent a roof for solar power usage? With the Solar Roof Exchange you can find the right object for you.

The BIK – Berlin's impartial climate protection platform with powerful climate-conscious partners committed to their locality as its basis. The BIK is the result of an initiative by the Berlin Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection. The BIK's staff and offices are located in the Berlin Energy Agency offices and it is supported by the Berlin gas company GASAG and the energy supplier Vattenfall. The BIK is tasked with gathering information on climate protection both within and beyond the Berlin Senate and local district administration departments, processing this information so that it is generally understandable, and making it available to any interest parties. This internet platform represents the BIK's central instrument in this regard. In addition, the BIK releases publications on subjects of relevance to climate protection.

Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection

The city of Berlin aims to be carbon-natural by the year 2050. The Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection steers this process and has bundled the scope of climate-protection and energy-usage tasks in a dedicated unit. The work program of this unit entails the implementation of an integrated energy- and climate-protection concept as well as preparations for an energy-turnaround policy for the city of Berlin. The basis used for the above is the feasibility analysis “Klimaneutrales Berlin 2050”.

The State of Berlin has already made steady progress on the road to a higher energy efficiency, a lower demand for energy and the implementation of alternative energy sources. At present Berlin is one of the most climate-friendly cities in Germany, regardless of the fact that there is still a lot of work to be done in this field.

Measures such as the Climate-Protection-Agreements of the Senate, Berlin-based energy-partnerships or the networking-scheme “ImpulsE” have al-ready achieved a steady and continuous reduction of carbon-emissions. Rela-tive to the base-year 1990 carbon-emissions have declined by 30.5% in 2013. The ultimate goal is to achieve a 40% reduction by the year 2020.

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Berlin Energy Agency

The Berlin Energy Agency (BEA) is a modern energy service company in Berlin. Consulting, contracting and the transfer of international know-how: The BEA develops and implements innovative, practical projects in these three fields of business to reduce energy costs and CO2emissions. While based in Berlin, the BEA operates on regional, national and international markets.

The Berlin Energy Agency was founded at the initiative of the Berlin City Parliament in 1992, against the background of dwindling fossil fuel resources and the impending climate change, in order to make an active contribution to increased energy efficiency.
Its shareholders, each with 25 percent, are the Federal State (Land) of Berlin, the heat supplier Vattenfall Wärme Berlin AG, the gas utility GASAG Berliner Gaswerke Aktiengesellschaft and the federally owned KfW banking group. As a company operating in public-private partnerships, the Berlin Energy Agency fulfils a public mandate in line with its statutory remit: Its business activities are based on the principle of economic efficiency for all of the resources it invests and the measures its implements. Achieving harmony between economic and ecological interests – this is the BEA's mission, one which it fulfil on a practical level every day.

Website of the Berlin Energy Agency: www.berliner-e-agentur.de/en

GASAG Berliner Gaswerke Aktiengesellschaft Gas and Energy Utility

GASAG is the guarantor for the reliable supply of natural gas and heat in Berlin and Brandenburg, as well as in selected key regions in Germany.

With its powerful network of specialised companies, GASAG is well positioned for the growing competition on the energy market. Increasing numbers of GASAG customers are profiting from the company's know-how in all issues related to the efficient and climate friendly use of energy.

Website of GASAG: www.gasag.de

Vattenfall GmbH

The Vattenfall Group is one of the largest generators of electricity and producers of heat in Europe. Its consolidated sales in 2010 amounted to €13.04 billion. Electricity, heat and gas represent the main products supplied by Vattenfall.

Vattenfall operates along the complete value chain: Generation, distribution and sales. In the gas industry, Vattenfall is active in the sales area especially. In addition, Vattenfall has an energy trading section and lignite mining operations. Since October 2008, Vattenfall has been a partner in the Berlin Climate Alliance.

Vattenfall's Climate Strategy
Global climate change with its impacts on mankind and nature represents one of the greatest challenges of our time. International climate research has proven: A rapid reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) is the only way to halt climate change. Vattenfall is responding to this challenge and taking its responsibility for the future seriously. In this respect, Vattenfall's climate strategy will play a key role in the decades ahead. It has the clear objective of producing CO2-neutral electricity and heat. In comparison to 1990, Vattenfall has already reduced its emissions by a third and it aims to continue on this path. The company expects that by 2030 approximately it will have achieved two-thirds of its target. The plan is to then have its production completely climate-neutral by 2050. Across all of its operations Vattenfall is reducing the impacts on the environment and investing in new production methods, such as the separating out and storage of carbon dioxide(CCS), and in renewable energies (such as bioenergy, wave energy and wind power), as well as in developing nuclear energy and improving energy efficiency.

Website of Vattenfall: www.vattenfall.com