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Chats Overview
The chats we organise are scheduled between November 2006 and June 2007. They aim to bring together a number of experts and classes to discuss energy related themes, how design and materials influence energy consumption and contribute to finding sustainable energy solutions. Read more

Biodegradable plastics: are they better for the environment?
Litter is a problem with a very negative social and environmental impact. Some people believe that one way to tackle this problem is to use biodegradable plastics as an environmentally-friendly solution for things such as plastic bags. This might seem sensible at first glance, but is it really better for the environment? Read more

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“Future energy sources” or “The plastic bag war” Read more

Future energy: how to secure energy after depletion of resources?
Oil is a valuable resource without which modern life, as we know it, would not be possible. What is oil mostly used for? Energy! Oil is one of the major global energy sources, and is used both as a fuel and to generate electricity. Currently nearly 40% of the EU’s energy supply comes from oil. Read more

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Future Energy: How to secure energy after depletion of resources? Read more

Photo-reportage: Chat on plastics and their role in reducing energy consumption
On 8 February 2007, Dr John Feldmann, a Member of the Board of Executive Directors (BASF Germany) and Vice President of PlasticsEurope, Brussels, together with a team of experts, answered students’ questions on the role of plastics to reduce energy consumption in building, CO2 emissions and heating costs. Read more

Did you know that building with plastics saves energy and money, and protects the environment?
Although you may not realise it, plastics are a very important material in the building sector. In fact, roughly 20% of all the plastics used in Europe are used for products in the building industry. And after packaging, the building industry is the second highest user of plastics! Read more

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Reducing energy consumption in buildings: How plastics help? Read more

Photo-reportage: Chat on making a better use of energy
On 23 January 2007, Mr. Patrick Lambert, director of the Intelligent Energy Executive Agency (IEEA), and his team of six experts were teachers for about one hour. They chatted with 16 European schools and answered questions on making a better use of energy at home and at school. Read more

Photo-reportage: A chat-lesson on making better use of energy in our classroom
On 23 January 2007, a team of six experts and their director, Mr. Patrick Lambert, from Intelligent Energy Executive Agency, were teachers for about one hour. They chatted with 16 European schools and answered questions on making a better use of energy at home and at school. Read more

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Making better use of energy: What can we do? Read more

Making better use of energy: What can we do?
Energy consumption is one of the major factors influencing climate change. Most energy that we use comes from fossil fuel sources, meaning that every time we heat our homes or watch television we produce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Therefore each and every one of us can make a positive difference for the climate by making the most efficient use of energy that we can in our day-to-day lives. Read more

Photo-gallery: Chat on how to organise a climate-neutral New Year’s Eve party?
18 December 2006 was a special event in the calendar of 14 European schools. Read more

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Topic: How to organise a climate-neutral New Year’s Eve party? Read more

Calculating your Carbon Footprint
To really understand climate neutrality it is necessary to have an understanding of and insight into your own carbon footprint. This will help provide you with the context for what we are talking about in the chat. Read more

Photo-reportage: Chat on how future car designs will help protect the environment
On 30 November 2006, European Schoolnet and PlasticsEurope organised a chat about the future car design and how this will help protect the environment. The chat guest was Dr. Rudolf Stauber, Head of Department for Operational Stability and Materials at BMW AG, in Germany. The eight participating schools represented Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Poland, Romania and Slovenia. Read more

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Topic: Automotive, how future car designs will help protect the environment Read more

Car design: Saving energy, helping the climate
Most cars need fossil fuels to provide the energy they need to power themselves, and this emits carbon dioxide (CO2) an important greenhouse gas responsible for climate change! Read more

The chat as a classroom activity
The chat tool offers some facilities, which can enhance a lesson. It may bring together experts and classes from different worldwide locations to discuss certain subjects. The expert “host” answers questions posed by teachers and their students over the Internet. The topic, language, name of the guest and time of each chat session are planned and announced in advance. Read more

Chat general guidelines
A “chat” is an online tool enabling real-time communication. Participants can sit in front of their computers and “chat.” They may be in the same room, building or in different locations anywhere around the globe. People type messages to each other using their keyboards, and the messages appear immediately on the screens of all the participants. Read more



Chat general guidelines
A “chat” is an online tool enabling real-time communication.

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The chat as a classroom activity
The chat tool offers some facilities, which can enhance a lesson.

Read more