EURONET 50/50 MAX
in figures

500

primary and secondary schools from

13

European countries implement the 50/50 methodology

82 593

pupils and

6 182

teachers undertake efforts to save at least

8%

of energy consumed in their schools

116

European municipalities use the 50/50 tools and

84

of them participated in our training sessions

56

municipalities extend the 50/50 action to other public buildings

102

local strategies and

23

educational strategies include the 50/50 concept

13

EU-level initiatives support the 50/50 Network

36

project observers regularly follow the project and its activities

212

local, regional and national authorities were contacted to include the 50/50 concept in their strategies

797

persons participated in the 50/50 promotional and dissemination events

Year 2015 is almost over and we are more than excited to see, how much energy Slovenian schools have saved this time. KSSENA, who is coordinating implementation of the project on the country level, already calculated savings achieved in 2014 and the results obtained were above our expectations. In average, the schools involved in the project (and there are 30 of them) reduced their energy consumption by 5,8 %. That means, that every school used approx. 22 000 kWh energy less than in the pervious years and that every school saved an average of 2 450 €! What is even more encouraging, altogether the schools emitted 234 tons of carbon dioxide less into the atmosphere. Way to go!

Teachers and pupils from the Primary and Secondary School in Čáslavice (Vysočina region) consider it very important to ensure wide dissemination of the project and its continuation by the future pupils. Therefore one of the tasks of the energy team is forwarding energy knowledge and experience to their younger colleagues. Pupils from the ninth grade (15 years old), who graduate at the end of the school year, visit younger ones (about 10 years old), share experience gained within the EURONET 50/50 MAX project, explain activities of the energy team and demonstrate how the measuring devices work. At the end of this "lesson", they invite younger pupils to the energy team meeting. Pupils, who are interested in energy, come to visit and usually stay with the team. Sharing experience by the pupils under the supervision of the teachers, but without their involvement, is the best way of creating relationships and encouraging new pupils to join the project and become working on environmental issues. This practice supports independence of the pupils and raises their interest in the topic of energy efficiency. So first the project partner teaches and involves the teachers and the pupils, who then pass the baton to the new pupils, who weren't there at the beginning of the project.

Implementation of the 50/50 methodology in Cypriot schools is well in progress. At the end of the last school year - during April and May 2015 - meetings were arranged with 9 primary schools participating in the project. During the meetings the participants were given a comprehensive briefing on the project development and on the responsibilities of the school and the energy team. They also received so called "EURONET 50/50 MAX boxes" containing guidebooks ("Energy saving at school" and "50/50 step by step"), a set of measuring devices, caps and t-shirts with project logo, educational booklet with lesson scenarios and other educational materials (board game, stickers and posters with energy saving tips).

In total 40 teachers and 136 students are directly involved in the project, while more than 1900 are involved indirectly. Dedicated meetings were attended by the headmaster, the teachers coordinating the work of the energy team and - in some cases - also the students participating in the team. CEA\'s staff explained the attendants how to implement the 50/50 methodology step by step, how to use presented measuring devices, as well as went through the educational booklet and the lesson scenarios in order for the teachers to feel comfortable with them. Before the meetings, the schools were also asked to gather and provide electricity and heating bills, which will be later used to calculate the energy savings.

The overall feedback received from schools was positive and encouraging! The teachers highlighted that educational boxes will facilitate their work with the energy teams a lot. The students were really enthusiastic with the measuring devices, the posters and other material provided. The headmasters and teachers understood the 50/50 methodology and committed to engage all building users in the school’s efforts to save energy.

The 1st cycle of implementation of the 50/50 methodology has been completed and it's time for its evaluation! We asked representatives of schools and other public buildings involved in the project about their experiences, opinions and suggestions for the future. Two questionnaires were prepared (for schools and for other buildings) and translated into all project languages. The feedback was collected via an e-form, which significantly simplified the process.

In total 314 schools and 12 other public buildings filled in the questionnaire and the feedback received was very positive. Most of the schools consider the project very interesting and useful, both from the pupils' and the teachers point of view. They believe that it has a lot of positive impacts and that - as a result - energy awareness, knowledge and consumption habits of the building users have changed a lot. There are, however, also some challenges that need to be tackled. The biggest one is finding time for project activities in the - rather hectic - everyday work schedule. The school days are full of action, the requirements of the curriculum need to be fulfilled and there are already many other projects going on. It is also challenging - especially in bigger schools - to get the whole school community involved, interested, aware and active. Still, the teachers put a lot of effort to successfully implement all steps of the 50/50 methodology, as they are convinced that saving energy and protecting the environment are so important, that they should be fitted in the school agenda anyway.

Feedback from schools

The experiences of the schools

FacebookWe are pleased to announce that now you can follow our activities, as well as activities and achievements of schools and other public buildings involved in the 50/50 Network, on Facebook. Join us not only to learn from the others but also to share your valuable experience and opinions!

There are over 500 schools, 60 municipalities and 48 other public buildings already involved in the EURONET 50/50 MAX project. Each of them has its own experience in energy education, energy saving and working with the energy teams. Use the opportunity to learn from them, get inspired by them and also share your own achievements, best practices and useful tips!
Link to our English Facebook profile is following: https://www.facebook.com/EURONETMAX

You may also follow country-level disputes on national Facebook profiles administered by EURONET 50/50 MAX partners. They can be accessed from different language versions of this website.

Once again, we would like to invite you to join our energy-saving community!

Educational guidebook for caretakersOur new guidebook entitled “How to handle the energy team” contains many useful tips how to organise energy tour around the school building and to help children analyze energy situation of their school. The publication is addressed to school caretakers who play very important role in the 50/50 project. As they best know the building, its energy system and appliances in use, they can help students find out how and where energy is used at school, as well as support them in implementation of energy-saving measures.

In the publication the caretakers will find guidelines how to organise the work with the energy team, how to prepare energy review of the school building, how to communicate with children and how to thoroughly discuss all energy sources used at school and necessary to its normal operation. The guidebook will also help caretakers to prepare for the possible questions raised by the pupils.

Although the guidebook is addressed to caretakers, also the teachers involved in the 50/50 project are invited to read the document. They will find here many useful information which they can use during their work with children, including information about model, low-cost energy-saving measures and modern technological solutions for clean and efficient energy production. It is worth to discuss them with students to increase their knowledge about energy production and consumption, however it should be remembered that bigger energy-related investment are not included in the EURONET 50/50 MAX project.

Aktuell sind die Projektpartner damit beschäftigt, Schulen und andere öffentliche Gebäude für das EURONET 50/50 MAX-Projekt zu finden. Unser Ziel ist nicht einfach zu erreichen, sollen doch 500 neue Schulen und fast 50 andere öffentliche Gebäude teilnehmen. Aber das Interesse am 50/50-Konzept ist groß. Mehr und mehr Einrichtungen treten dem 50/50 Netzwerk bei.

Um den neuen Mitgliedern des Netzwerkes die Durchführung des 50/50-Projektes zu erleichtern, organisieren wir Trainings und Informationsveranstaltungen, bei denen die verschiedenen Aspekte des Projektes gründlich durchleuchtet werden. Die TeilnehmerInnen dieser Events lernen Schritt für Schritt, wie die 50/50-Methode angewendet wird und wie die erzielten Energieeinsparungen berechnet werden. Außerdem lernen sie die Musterverträge kennen, wie sie zwischen der teilnehmenden Kommune und der Schule bzw. einem anderen öffentlichen Gebäude abgeschlossen werden, sowie den Berichts-und Evaluationsprozess. Sie werden hier bald weitere Informationen über die Events in den einzelnen Ländern finden.

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Odbior nagrody dla projektu EURONET 50 50Wir sind überglücklich, dass das EURONET 50/50, das Vorläuferprojekt von EURONET 50/50 Max, den Sustainable Energy Europe Award 2013 in der Kategorie “Lernen” gewonnen hat! Die Auszeichnung wird von der Europäischen Kommission vergeben, um die besten Projekte im Bereich nachhaltige Energie zu würdigen und es auf europäischer Ebene bekannter zu machen. In diesem Jahr haben 244 Projekte teilgenommen. Es war ein harter Wettbewerb!

Die Preisverleihung fand am 24. Juni im Rahmen der Europäischen Woche der nachhaltigen Energie in Brüssel statt. Der Preis für EURONET 50/50 wurde von einer Vertreterin der Provinzverwaltung Barcelona entgegen genommen, die die Koordinatoren des Projektes war.

Diese Auszeichnung bestätigt, dass das Projekt EURONET 50/50 ein großer Erfolg war und es sich auszahlt, das 50/50-Konzept weiter unter europäischen Behörden, Bildungszentren und Managern von anderen öffentlichen Gebäuden zu verbreiten. Nach so einem großartigen Start sind wir überzeugt, dass das Folgeprojekt EURONET 50/50 MAX noch bessere Ergebnisse bringen wird!

Wir freuen uns, dass das neue Projekt EURONET 50/50 MAX mit einer Eröffnungskonferenz und einem ersten Projekt-Meeting am 13. und 14. Mai in Brüssel offiziell gestartet wurde.

Die 50/50-Konferenz mit dem Titel “Anreize und Möglichkeiten zu Energiesparen für Schulen und andere öffentliche Gebäude” hatte zum Ziel, die Ergebnisse des ersten EURONET 50/50-Projektes zu verbreiten und das 50/50-Konzept unter europäischen Institutionen zu bekannter zu machen. Das Event begann mit Präsentationen der Europäischen Kommission (VertreterInnen der EACI, Betreiber des Intelligent Energy Programms, und von der Generaldirektion Bildung und Kultur) und des Konvent der Bürgermeister, die den Beitrag des Projektes zur Erreichung der europäischen Klima- und Energieziele hervorhoben.

Die Konferenz bot darüber hinaus die Möglichkeit, aus den Erfahrungen und Erfolgen des ersten 50/50-Projektes und der Realisierung des 50/50-Konzeptes zu lernen. Sehr motivierende Vorträge wurden von VertreterInnen des Cornellà Councils, der finnischen Schule Länsimetsän koulu und der Stadt Hamburg (die erste Stadt, die die 50/50-Methode angewendet hat) gehalten. Die Konferenz bot aber auch eine hervorragende Gelegenheit, offiziell über den Start der zweiten Auflage des EURONET 50/50-Projektes unter dem Titel EURONET 50/50 MAX zu informieren. Das neue Projekt soll noch eindrucksvollere Ergebnisse liefern, indem 500 neue Schulen in das Netzwerk eingebunden werden und das Konzept auch in anderen öffentlichen Gebäuden angewandt wird.

Begleitend zur Konferenz wurde ein Treffen der Projektpartner durchgeführt, auf dem die zukünftigen Aufgaben und angestrebten Ziele auf europäischer und nationaler Ebene diskutiert wurden.