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Learning to make a difference for the energy of tomorrow


This was the motto that motivated 16 schools in Europe to gather for an online chat on the Futurenergia website on 23 January 2007. The activity was organised by European Schoolnet and PlasticsEurope as a way to bring the EU Sustainable Energy Week to all schools participating in the “Energy is our Future” project.

The EU Sustainable Energy Week is the first major initiative jointly undertaken by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy and Transport and private and public organisations. The Week involves a number of energy-related events taking place in Brussels, Belgium, and elsewhere in Europe from 29 January to 2 February 2007.

The chat had as guests Mr. Patrick Lambert, Director of the Intelligent Energy Executive Agency (IEEA), and a team of six experts. The group answered schools’ questions in French, English and German.

The online discussion focused mainly on concrete solutions to make better use of energy in our daily lives. Through their questions, the participating schools demonstrated that the young generation is very much aware of the challenges that the energy of tomorrow faces and cares about sustainable energy solutions. 

As some of the participants were previously involved in energy-related school projects, they were already familiar with subjects such as reducing energy use in school buildings and homes, rational use of energy, renewable energy sources and sustainable transport.

Answering a question from a school in Latvia on what the young generation can do concretely to make better use of energy, Mr. Lambert replied: You can save energy at home and at school and by using energy-efficient transport. Another possibility is to use daylight as much as possible during the day, or to use energy-efficient light bulbs and other products. And don't leave your console games and TV on standby!

In terms of energy efficiency and its crucial role to fight climate change, Mr. Lambert and his team emphasised the importance of making transport and buildings more efficient. Asked, what could be done to use less fuel for heating schools and homes, he recommended to renovate your school buildings and homes to make them more energy-efficient. This includes better insulation of the "building envelope", double-glazing, solar control, combined heat and power, and natural ventilation.

Petru Dumitru

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Chat transcript

Making better use of energy: What can we do?

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