About Futurenergia

FuturEnergia is an educational initiative that aims to provide a neutral platform for discussion and debate on the benefits, pros and cons of materials that contribute towards energy efficiency.

Since 2006, the Futurenergia school programme has made a substantial contribution to enhancing and supporting energy education across the curriculum in schools throughout Europe. The programme goal is to raise awareness of how changes in energy consumption behaviour can contribute to protect the climate and how advanced materials such as plastics can help save energy and world’s resources.

FuturEnergia is funded by PlasticsEurope, the European Association of Plastics manufacturers, and coordinated by European Schoolnet, an association representing European Ministries of Education with a mission to bring about innovation in teaching and learning,

This unique partnership (Industry-Ministries of Education) ensures a balance between expertise coming from industry and unbiased pedagogical perspectives and solutions for classrooms across Europe. FuturEnergia offers a set of learning opportunities for schools that connect theory with practical examples and applied science.

The Futurenergia school programme aims to:

  • Encourage teachers to integrate innovative inquiry-based approaches into science teaching in schools in response to the needs of students and of the society;

  • Reinforce science education at all levels in schools by offering a set of activities that are based on multiple innovative practices;

  • Publish and maintain a website where teachers can get support through educational materials as well as opportunities to interact with peers across Europe;

  • Encourage parents, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and local communities to make a contribution to science education in schools.

The programme is designed to value, promote and disseminate science teaching experiences that are based on problem-based inquiry; hands-on and minds-on activities; teamwork and individual work on open-ended questions; cross-curricular activities; relevance of science content in the school context.

Futurenergia promotes a cross-curricular approach to science teaching

The Futurenergia school programme is designed to suit a number of school subjects: sciences, languages, art, geography, social sciences, history and computer science. Teachers are encouraged to approach the programme in a cross-curricular manner. Futurenergia covers three main areas:

  • Energy efficiency as a result of design impact and material selection on energy consumption;

  • Climate protection through reducing greenhouse gas emissions;

  • Resource efficiency through conserving natural resources and sustainable development.

In 2012, Futurenergia focuses on two main activities:

Online debates:

Schools are invited to organise energy debates, as classroom activities, around one of the subjects suggested in the chat calendar. Schools can sign up to the debates they find interesting. The themes are accompanied by a set of relevant resources that help teachers prepare and organise a debate activity.

Expert school visits (events):

FutureEnergia is calling upon schools to plan and organise school events about energy. Whether you plan on engaging the whole school through interactive educational experiments or simply wish to host an informative session, we want to hear about it!

During the school visit pupils and teachers will be able to address their questions and concerns regarding a specific energy topic. In order to ensure that the selected guest matches the expectations of the school, we ask that participants specify the type of expertise they wish to benefit from.

Whether you are looking for an expert in the field of energy efficiency, waste management, or materials lifecycle, FuturEnergia will find the perfect match for you! Winning schools will also have the opportunity to feature an article about their event on the FuturEnergia website.

Watch the Futurenergia clip showing the first expert school visit of 2011

Read the articles of the expert school visits of 2012 in France and UK.

General information

The “Futurenergia” project is being run by European Schoolnet on behalf of PlasticsEurope.

PlasticsEurope is one of the leading European trade associations with centres in Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan and Paris. We are networking with European and national plastics associations and have more than 100 member companies, producing over 90% of all polymers across the EU27 member states plus Norway, Switzerland, Croatia and Turkey. The European plastics industry makes a significant contribution to the welfare in Europe by enabling innovation, creating quality of life to citizens and facilitating resource efficiency and climate protection. More than 1.6 million people are working in about 50.000 companies (mainly small and medium sized companies in the converting sector) to create a turnover in excess of 280 billion € per year. The plastics industry includes polymer producers - represented by PlasticsEurope, converters - represented by EuPC and machine manufacturers - represented by EUROMAP. For further info see the web links:

European Schoolnet (EUN) is a consortium of 31 Ministries of Education in Europe that provides major European education portals for teaching, learning and collaboration and leads the way in bringing about change in schooling through the use of new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Since its establishment in 1997, EUN has been supporting the European dimension in schools through projects, competitions, activities, communication and information exchange, building synergies between communities of teachers, learners, developers, researchers and policy-makers in Europe.

For any questions about the Futurenergia school programme and its activities send an email to Valentina Garoia at:

For more information about PlasticsEurope, please contact Sandra Bohnert at the following email address: or visit: