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School Project under Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE)


Barcelona Provincial Council (coordinator), Spain;
University of Vaasa (VEI), Finland; UfU - Independent Institute for Environmental Concerns, Germany; HERAKLION, Greece; Lake Balaton Development Agency, Hungary; ALESA Srl, Italy; PNEC, Poland; ALMADA, Portugal; KSSENA, Slovenia.

Project Phase 1: 2009 - 2012
Project Phase 2: 2013 - 2016

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Pupils are the main actors, but also their teachers and families in a 50/50 network of schools to save energy.
Sustainable Energy - Energy Savings - Energy Efficiency

The first phase of the project (2009-2012) aims to spread the 50/50 methodology from Germany, where the concept has been used since 1994, to at least 50 schools in 9 countries.

The second phase (2012-16) reached out to 500 schools. The original project web site is not available any more, but the project's phase 2 has a new website, which includes guidbooks of the methodology, and good preactices. Most of the material is available in 15 languages.

The first steps of Euronet 50/50 focus on the definition of the methodology to implement the 50/50 concept in education centres around Europe. The experience on 50/50 of the German partner (UFU) is the starting point to set this methodology. However, it is also important to look at other practices in the partner countries and to assess the differences in the educational systems of the partners. The participation of local experts is also taken into account in this phase of the project with the aim to enrich the methodology to develop. 
Motivate energy saving habits at education centres as long as it have a huge potential for saving energy and encourage more sustainable behaviour.
Description and Evaluation

The basis of the 50/50 concept is that 50% of the total energy (and money) savings achieved from the energy-efficiency measures implemented by the primary and secondary school students are retained by the school, whereas the other 50% reduces the fuel bills, which often are paid by a public authority, i.e., local or regional government. The project aims for a minimum annual energy reduction of 2.5% for each school.
The partners are local municipalities, agencies, and educational institutes.