in figures


primary and secondary schools from


European countries implement the 50/50 methodology

98 891

pupils and

7 038

teachers undertake efforts to save at least


of energy consumed in their schools


European municipalities use the 50/50 tools and


of them participated in our training sessions


municipalities extend the 50/50 action to other public buildings


local strategies and


educational strategies include the 50/50 concept


EU-level initiatives support the 50/50 Network


project observers regularly follow the project and its activities


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


persons participated in the 50/50 promotional and dissemination events

The 50/50 concept was created and tested for the first time in Germany, in the 1990-ties. The idea was to involve schools in energy-saving activities by creating economic incentive both for schools and for managers of school buildings (usually local authorities):

  • 50% of the financial savings achieved thanks to the energy efficiency measures taken by pupils and teachers is returned to school through a financial payout;
  • 50% of the financial savings is a net saving for the local authority that pays the energy bills.

As a result everybody wins! The school teaches pupils how to save energy by changing their behaviour and gets additional financial resources, the local authority has lower energy costs and the local community gets cleaner local environment.

The 50/50 concept was further explored within the very successful EURONET 50/50 project, which was implemented in over 50 schools from 9 European countries in the years 2009-2012. The results achieved  are really impressive:

  • 6900 pupils, teachers, caretakers and 43 city councils working together for climate protection;
  • 40 schools achieving energy and financial savings;
  • 339 tons of CO2 less emitted into the atmosphere;
  • more than 1.100 MWh of energy saved;
  • 2.100 € saved per school!!!

Now the EURONET 50/50 MAX project will involve 500 new schools in the 50/50 Network and test the 50/50 concept in non-school public buildings. Visit this website regularly to check the results!