50/50 & MAX
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,
Project Phase 1: 2009 -
Project Phase 2: 2013 - 2016
are the main actors, but also their teachers and families in a 50/50
of schools to save energy.
Energy - Energy Savings - Energy Efficiency
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
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,
guidbooks of the methodology, and good preactices. Most of the
material is available in 15 languages.
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
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.
energy saving habits at education centres as long as it have a huge
potential for saving energy and encourage more
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.