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what is the eu doing
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

Energy education

what is the eu doing3
What is the EU doing?
  • Funds education programmes : Socrates, Erasmus Mundus and Leonardo da Vinci
  • Comenius programme – international school projects

Energy education

tomorrow s energy users
Tomorrow’s energy users
  • 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

Energy education

good practice child power
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

Energy education

school and teachers
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 energy-management 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

Energy education

good practice incentives to save
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

Energy education

lifelong learning and energy training
Lifelong learning and energy training
  • 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 e-learning 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

Energy education

what is managenergy
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)

Energy education

more information
More information?

Energy education