IT-supported climate protection in facility management

In order to meet the international objectives of the Paris Climate Protection Agreement and the EU-wide and national targets derived from it, a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions must also be sought in facility management.


In addition to building energy consumption-related emissions, greenhouse gases are also emitted when facility services are provided within properties. However, there is currently a lack of methods and benchmarks for calculating greenhouse gas emissions in this service sector. The explicit allocation of greenhouse gas emissions to individual facility service areas is of overriding relevance. In the following, the certified CAFM modules according to the GEFMA are listed for an exemplary classification:

CAFM modules according to GEFMA 444

Basic catalogue

Space management

Maintenance Management

Inventory Management

Cleaning Management

Room and

Asset Reservation

Locking system management

Move Management

Letting Management

Energy Controlling

Safety and occupational safety

Environmental Management

help and service desk

Budget management and

Cost monitoring

BIM data processing

contract management

Workplace Management

Klimaschutz im FM2
Klimaschutz im FM

Research objective:

Analyses with regard to the following questions:

  • Which facility services cause greenhouse gas emissions and in which form do greenhouse gas emissions occur?
  • Are there currently computer-supported tools that can be used to map benchmarks relevant to climate protection? If so, which areas in facility management do these tools cover and what are their limits?

In this context, tasks in the following areas, among others, are to be accomplished:

  • Analysis of nationally and internationally relevant guidelines (e.g.: GEFMA 162-1)
  • Classification of greenhouse gas emissions occurring in facility management according to the source sectors defined throughout the EU.
  • Analysis of CAFM software: Are greenhouse gas emission-relevant parameters maintained in commercially available software (for example in the CAFM software module "Energy Management") and if so, how? In which CAFM functionalities can corresponding parameters be maintained and in which not?
  • Analysis of the extent to which synergies for climate protection can be created through the interaction of novel benchmarking and assistance tools and commercially available CAFM software.