The “Energy is our Future” website was launched on 13th November 2006 by European Schoolnet in partnership with PlasticsEurope, the association of plastics manufacturers. The website aims to raise awareness among European students aged between 11 and 18 about how energy consumption affects climate change, how advanced materials like plastics can help save energy, and how exploiting alternative energy sources will help create a sustainable future. Through online activities and a competition, students will learn interactively to work on issues linked to energy consumption and energy savings.
Dr. Feldman opened up the discussion by describing to his young audience how plastics are used primarily to save energy and resources. On the theme of “Reducing energy consumption in buildings: How plastics help”, Dr. Feldmann chatted to the students about the role played by plastics in reducing energy consumption and helping the environment. Dr. Feldmann told the students that “In our experience, plastics are primarily used to save energy and resources”. When challenged about what the industry is doing to tackle the issue of plastics litter, Dr. Feldmannn explained that “Together with PlasticsEurope, we are helping to educate people not to throw plastics away but to dispose of them appropriately, either for energy recycling or material recycling. One thing is for sure: Even in the form of waste, plastics are a valuable source of raw materials”.
Due to their light weight, plastics save energy through their many applications in transport and packaging and through their insulation applications in building and construction.
Photo-reportage: Chat on plastics and their role in reducing energy consumption
Chat transcript (pdf, 60 Kb)
Did you know that building with plastics saves energy and money, and protects the environment?
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Pressemitteilung PlasticsEurope: Dr. John Feldmann chattete mit Schülern live (press release in German, pdf, 30 Kb)