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What is the EU doing?
Action plan on energy efficiency (October 2006)
stresses education
Intelligent Energy Europe II (2007-2013) supports
education projects
ManagEnergy education actions:
KidsCorner website (23 languages) – interactive
games and resources; visual and written materials
for teachers
Trains professionals in energy education
Publicises local energy agencies
Conferences and events streaming
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What is the EU doing?
Funds education programmes : Socrates, Erasmus
Mundus and Leonardo da Vinci
Comenius programme – international school
projects
http://www.managenergy.net/education.html
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Energy security and climate change in national education
plans
Teaching in schools to create environmental awareness
Promoting responsible energy use – at school and home
Big potential for energy saving if future generations
adequately educated
Children influence parents
Involvement of local energy experts in class efforts
Expertise in school projects: vital role of energy agencies
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Good practice: Child power
The Force for Energy by Children (FEE-project
2001-2003), Belgium
5,000 pupils, 100 schools, 7 European countries
Pupils created awareness-raising projects in schools and
communities
Pupils analysed energy use in communities and proposed
solutions
Local energy agencies provided educational materials
Pupils carried out energy audits of homes and schools
Exhibition in each school
Common project framework: newsletter and website
http://www.curbain.be/
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School and teachers
Teachers need training in energy efficiency and correct
methodologies and tools
Development of programmes and materials with local
experts
Involvement of teachers when schools change energymanagement strategies
Schools’ efforts to save energy can have educational use –
involve the students in real-life examples
Exchange of ideas and experiences between schools,
training centres and countries
E.g. competition to reward the most energy-efficient
school in given area
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Good practice: incentives to save
Modena, Italy
Schools gain share of savings from cuts in electricity and gas use
Contract out energy-management strategies
Incentives ranging from money for new equipment to technical
support
Investments in efficient boilers, solar heating, photovoltaic etc
Energy from renewable sources equivalent to 44,000 kWh of
electricity and 60,000 m3 of methane annually – 1.4% of local
administration’s total energy consumption
Seven schools signed agreements and in first year of the project
(2001) participating schools received between €200 and €10,000
Yearly savings around 2,200 tonnes of CO2 emissions
http://www.aess-modena.it/
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Lifelong learning and energy
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Learning not just at school – all stages of life
Energy often taken for granted – people stick to habits
Important to engage energy managers in businesses and
authorities
Vocational training should include energy efficiency training
Local energy agencies can develop training toolkits and elearning modules for businesses
Train technicians working with energy-consuming products –
need awareness of efficient technologies
Courses for public to promote sustainable energy consumption
Education, training centres and energy agencies should work
together
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What is ManagEnergy?
Initiative by European Commission Directorate-General
for Energy and Transport
Supports local and regional actions on energy efficiency
and renewable energies
Training workshops/online events
Information on case studies, good practices, legislation and
programmes
Network of local and regional energy agencies (LEAs)
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More information?
www.managenergy.net
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