March 25, 2011
Teachers and students from schools across Europe are currently taking part in U4energy, a challenging pan-European competition for primary and secondary schools.
Launched in September, the competition aims at encouraging school communities to take concrete measures towards energy efficiency and raising awareness on responsible energy use. By reducing their energy consumption, schools are both helping the environment and simultaneously obtaining financial savings. The first year of the competition ends on 16 May 2011, with a second round planned for the school year 2011/2012.
The U4energy competition represents a unique opportunity for teachers to demonstrate that saving energy and protecting the environment can also be a fun activity. U4energy will provide a suitable framework to reward teachers and students’ best practices and spread them from school to school, and from country to country – there are 31 European countries participating in the project (the 27 EU member states, plus Norway, Croatia, Iceland and Liechtenstein).
Underlining the importance of energy education as a motor of sustainable development, Commissioner Günther Oettinger said at the launch event: “I am confident that through their commitment, innovative spirit and creativity, students and teachers will make U4energy an excellent platform for sharing expertise in energy education and intelligent energy use across Europe”.
Schools are competing under the following three award categories for national and European prizes:
A. Energy efficiency measures at school
B. Pedagogical actions to raise awareness on efficient energy use
C. Best awareness raising campaign on energy efficiency
Winners will be invited to a European Award Ceremony, where prizes will be given out by key personalities and stakeholders including representatives of the European Commission and Parliament.
So far there are 1,280 schools registered with over 2,300 entries between them. Despite being ahead of April 2011, U4energy has already had a few sneak peeks, including the following video (in French) featured on Belgian national television in March: http://www.eeb2.be/new_site/index.php?id=409
Would you like to help your school and local community improve their energy efficiency? Are you eager to learn how to become energy efficient?
- Visit the U4energy website (www.U4energy.eu)
- Register now to receive further information.
On www.U4energy.eu, you can learn about the different award categories, consult a range of educational resources and discover smart energy tips to help you reduce energy.
Submit your school’s activities on energy efficiency until midnight GMT on 16 May 2011.
EU energy efficiency and renewable energy policies, with a view to reaching the EU2020 targets: 20% cut in emissions, 20% imp
rovement in energy efficiency and 20% of renewables in EU energy consumption. You can check out the other projects in the field of energy education at http://ec.europa.eu/energy/intelligent/.
U4energy is run and implemented by European Schoolnet.europeanschoolnet