ENERGE - Energizing Education to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions


Project Summary

With the aging of the existing post-primary school building stock (new schools/deep retro-fits can take years from planning to completion) there is a need for low-cost solutions that enable long-term resource efficiency in schools & reduced greenhouse gas emission (GHG). EU building energy directives & climate actions to 2020 & 2030 underpin this necessity.

ENERGE addresses this need using targeted physical interventions that combine a web based platform & building sensors (e.g. electrical, thermal etc) with behavioural studies & new educational approaches that enable schools engage in energy & GHG mitigation. This holistic, adaptable & multidisciplinary approach will combine sociological, pedagogic & communications expertise with low cost technology, ICT interventions & systems engineering.

ENERGE will be demonstrated in schools in France, Germany, Luxembourg, Ireland, the Netherlands and the UK. ENERGE aims to achieve a minimum 15% reduction in total energy consumption at 12 demonstration site schools over the project period & will engage and enable management, teachers, students and maintenance staff (entire school ecosystem) to reduce energy consumption by developing a new web-based platform tailored to different stakeholder within the school ecosystem. Long-term impacts will be consolidated by the development of additional and revised educational material to supplement existing school curricula (for students aged 12-18 i.e. formative years).

ENERGE will track the effects of project initiatives beyond the school environment into the domestic environment of staff and students (24 homes) to monitor how interventions in school can have wider impacts beyond the school environment. ENERGE committees will be established in the demonstration schools to provide a focus for transnational engagement of project schools, longterm studies of the project impact & to enable the whole school community engage with & sustain energy efficiency & GHG mitigation.

ENERGE Business Community

The ENERGE Business Community brings together professionals in secondary education, energy service providers and policy makers who have a drive to make our schools in North-West Europe climate neutral in a viable manner. The community will meet, discuss and exchange experiences, ideas and best practices during project workshops and events and continue the discussion on-line in our LinkedIn group.

Project Partners

  • Centre-Val de Loire Region

    9 rue St Pierre Lentin – CS 94117
    Orléans cedex 1
    45041
    France

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  • Delft University of Technology

    1 Stevinweg
    Delft
    2628 CN
    Netherlands

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  • CASTeL Dublin City University

    CASTeL, School of Physical Sciences Dublin City University, Collins Avenue, Glasnevin
    Dublin
    Dublin 9
    Ireland

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  • Energy Agency Region of Trier

    1 Cläre-Prem-Straße
    Trier
    54292
    Germany

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  • University of Luxembourg

    162a Avenue de la Faïencerie
    Luxembourg
    L-1511
    Luxembourg

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  • R2M Solution LTD

    74 Holland Park
    London
    W113SL
    United Kingdom

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  • National University of Ireland Galway

    Alice Perry Engineering Building National University of Ireland
    Galway
    H91 HX31
    Ireland

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Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
National University of Ireland Galway Alice Perry Engineering Building National University of Ireland
Galway
H91 HX31
Ireland
eoghan.clifford@nuigalway.ie www.nuigalway.ie
Name Contact Name Email Country
Centre-Val de Loire Region Yann Baduel Yann.BADUEL@regioncentre.fr France
Delft University of Technology Natalia Romero Herrera n.a.romero@tudelft.nl Netherlands
CASTeL Dublin City University Eilish McLoughlin eilish.mcloughlin@dcu.ie Ireland
Energy Agency Region of Trier Achim Hill ahill@energieagentur-region-trier.de Germany
University of Luxembourg Stefan Maas stefan.maas@uni.lu Luxembourg
R2M Solution LTD Sander Smit sander.smit@r2msolution.com United Kingdom

Site Schools

ENERGE will improve recognition among the whole school population of the issues (climate, societal, economic, environmental) associated with excessive GHG emissions. The project also seeks to question and understand the acceptance of that high energy consumption and by extension GHG emissions from schools.

The ENERGE project is supported by the following European partners:

The National University of Ireland Galway, University of Luxembourg, Delft University of Technology, CASTeL Dublin City University, Energy Agency Region of Trier, R2M Solution LTD, Centre-Val-de-Loire Region.

This cooperation currently allows 12 demonstration site schools to be taking an active part in GHG emissions reduction. Together, we aim to engage and enable management, teachers, students and maintenance staff (entire school ecosystem) to reduce the global energy consumption of each of those sites.

Max-Plank-Gymnasium Trier (Trier, Germany)

Max-Plank-Gymnasium Trier (Trier, Germany)

 

Max-Plank-Gymnasium Trier is located in the heart of the city, close to the train station and the Cathedral of Trier. It occupies a mixture of old (+100 years) and new buildings. The school has 1027 students and 93 teachers and 5 staff. The students are generally 10 years old in first year and 18-19 years old when they complete their final state examination and leave the school. The school was awarded the MINT-EC certificate for special achievements in mathematics, science and technology that has been valid nationwide since summer 2014.

Berufsbildende Schule Prüm (Prüm, Germany)

Berufsbildende Schule Prüm (Prüm, Germany)

 

Berufsbildende Schule Prüm is located in a rural area on the edge of the supervisory district of Trier, close to the German-speaking community of Belgium and Luxembourg. It consists of 3 buildings from different time periods (1954, 1966 and 1974). Approximately 950 students, generally from 15-21 years old, are currently enrolled in technical, methodological, social and personal areas, either full-time or part-time. There are 72 teachers and 3 support staff at the school.

 

Seamount College (Kinvara, Ireland)

Seamount College (Kinvara, Ireland)

 

Seamount College is located in the coastal town of Kinvara approximately 30km south of Ireland Galway. It occupies a mixture of old (1830, 1900 and 1930-60) and new buildings (prefabricated). The school has 490 students, generally aged from 12-18 years old, and 37 staff. After their first 3 years, students can follow an optional year called Transition Year. Seamount College follows the Department of Education & Science, Ireland, courses leading to Junior Cycle Assessment and Leaving Certificate.

Coláiste Éinde (Salthill, Ireland)

Coláiste Éinde (Salthill, Ireland)

 

Coláiste Éinde is located in the Salthill area of Galway City less than 1km from the popular Salthill promenade. It occupies buildings from 1928 (when the school first opened) and 1937. The school has 780 students, generally aged from 12-18 years old, and 80 staff. After their first 3 years, students can follow an optional year called Transition Year.

Lycée Gaudier-Brzeska (Saint Jean de Braye, France)

Lycée Gaudier-Brzeska (Saint Jean de Braye, France)

 

Gaudier-Brzeska is a Post-Primary and Vocational School, located in Saint-Jean de Braye, a few kilometers away from Orléans. The buildings it occupies were built in 1953. The school has 900 students, 110 teachers, and 35 management staff. It offers education for building trades, public works and surveyor, which includes new technologies, studies and economics of buildings, and energy management.

 

EPLEFPA Le Subdray (Le Sollier, France)

EPLEFPA Le Subdray (Le Sollier, France)

 

EPLEFPA Le Subdray is an Agricultural Post primary School which includes a Lycée, an apprentice training center, a center of adult professional training and a farm. The building it occupies were built in 2009, a few kilometers away from the city of Bourges. The school has 640 students, and carries out activities to raise awareness of sustainable development.

OSG Hugo de Groot (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

OSG Hugo de Groot (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

 

The OSG Hugo de Groot is a public secondary school for secondary education in the Charlois district of Rotterdam South. It is currently housed in a building built in the period 1948 -1955, and another one opened in 1999. The School has 624 students and 221 staff (including 164 teachers). It has the ambition to become the best and safest school in Rotterdam. Its final goal is to provide education from toddler to young adult.

Gymnasium Haganum (The Hague, Netherlands)

Gymnasium Haganum (The Hague, Netherlands)

 

The Gymnasium Haganum is one of the oldest public schools in the Netherlands, located in the city of The Hague. First mentioned in 1327, the school is currently housed in a monu- mental Renaissance Revival architecture building, built in 1907. It has around 700 students. The school has a vision to offer their students a broad educa- tion at a high level and with that an excellent preparation for a study at a university.

Lycée Technique du Centre (Luxembourg City, Luxembourg)

Lycée Technique du Centre (Luxembourg City, Luxembourg)

 

The LTC is located with two annexes in the centre of the capital, Luxembourg City and is also the largest school in the city. The most important part of the school is located in Limpersberg. The school has approximately 3600 students and apprentices from all over the world in more than 250 classes and supervised by some 340 teachers.

Lycée Technique de Bonnevoie (Luxembourg City, Luxembourg)

Lycée Technique de Bonnevoie (Luxembourg City, Luxembourg)

 

The school is located in the Bonnevoie district, a district of the City of Luxembourg whose centre extends along the road to Thionville. It provides schooling for students from the south-eastern periphery of the city of Luxembourg. Currently, about 2000 students are enrolled in the various classes of general secondary education and vocational training.

Project Partners

The ENERGE project is supported by the following European partners and sub-partners:

National University of Ireland Galway

National University of Ireland Galway

The University was established in 1845 in Galway. It has advanced knowledge teaching and learning, through research and innovation, recognised through its consistent rise in international rankings. With an extensive network of industry, community and academic collaborators, NUI Galway researchers are tackling some of the most pressing issues of our times. As Lead Partner of ENERGE, NUI Galway coordinates all activities to ensure the project on-time. It also coordinates the installation of equipment in pilots and the development of intervention strategies and behavioural and awareness studies for pilot sites as well as project impact analysis. NUI manages the Irish sites school demonstration. NUI Galway have extensive experience in large scale international research projects with multidisciplinary teams and complex pilot sites, as well as an expertise in the installation of building sensors and the development of interactive platforms for buildings.

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Powerpoint Engineering Ltd

Powerpoint Engineering Ltd

Powerpoint Engineering are expert electrical engineers designing, supplying and installing bespoke Energy Metering Systems to meet customers specific requirements. Powerpoint will assess the Energy Monitoring needs of each demo site school and determine the most appropriate power quality & energy monitoring equipment. In addition to design and instalation, Powerpoint will provide support of systems and results analysis for both Continuous Energy and Power Quality Monitoring. 

Galway City Council

Galway City Council

Galway City Council is a Local Authority and is responsible for the provision and maintenance of key services in the Galway City urban area where an Irish demonstration site school is located. GCC will work to ensure the project achieves (i) long term impacts in schools and (ii) long term impacts in the wider community and through linkages within the European City of Culture 2020 organisation. Galway City Council will also link with pilot schools and also with schools outside of the pilot studies. To ensure a wide dissemination of impacts Galway City Council will promote project results and impacts to elected representatives to the council (local and national level politicians) to maximise future opportunities for schools to engage with the outputs from ENERGE. 

Centre-Val de Loire Region

Centre-Val de Loire Region

As regional authority, the Centre-Val de Loire Region (CVL) handles regional policies: regional planning and infrastructures, economic development, ESIF management, professional and vocational training etc. ENERGE is entirely consistent with CVL energy policies and post-primary schools’ responsibility, including building, maintenance and organisation. In ENERGE, CVL is involved in 3 implementation WPs, and is the liaison with the 2 regional demonstration schools, Le Subdray and Gaudier-Brzeska. CVL will also play a major part in the set-up of student energy committees, aiming at facilitating the participative process and implementation. Moreover, as ENERGE Communication WP Leader, CVL brings its experience as regional authority communicating daily to various stakeholders through adequate communication tools.

 

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Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is the oldest, largest and most comprehensive University of Technology in The Netherlands. The Faculty of ndustrial Design Engineering (IDE) at TU Delft is one of the largest and most influential design research institutes in the world. The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment has a leading role in the area of architecture education and research in the broadest sense. Betasteunpunt Zuid-Holland at SEC improves Beta education by inspiring teachers. In ENERGE, TU Delft leads the activities related to Software Platform and Software Development, and will be responsible for involving students, teachers and managers in defining low-cost energy strategies and comfort controls. TU Delft will develop co-design sessions for each region that will allow the development and refinement of the ENERGE platform and associated software to engage the post-primary school eco-system in responsible energy usage and comfort management.

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OfficeVitae BV

OfficeVitae BV

OfficeVitae has developed a range of sensors for the measurement of indoor of climate and comfort levels. OfficeVitae will work to develop a metering strategy for the demonstration site locations, this will include optimal data storage and transfer solutions, acceptable data formats, frequency of readings, interpretation of results. OfficeVitae will provide specialist sensor equipment to the project as well as expertise in the collection and interpretation of resultant data and type. OfficeVitae will also contribute to dissemination activities.

CASTeL Dublin City University

CASTeL Dublin City University

Dublin City University’s CASTeL (Centre for Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning) is part of a young, dynamic and ambitiously focused university which is ranked among the top 50 Universities worldwide (QS World Top 50 under 50 2013/2014). In ENERGE, CASTeL DCU will lead the school curricula review to baseline the existing treatment of Energy responsibility in post-primary schools. Based on the results of the studies and undertakings of ENERGE, CASTeL will provide and develop pedagogic support tools for schools to ensure that responsible energy usage is reinforced by revised curricula. In addition, it will ensure that teachers are supported in effective approaches to teaching, learning of energy and sustainability though their professional development.

 

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Energy Agency Region of Trier

Energy Agency Region of Trier

The Energy Agency Region of Trier (EART) is active in the fields of energy saving, efficiency, renewables and sustainable transport. EART’s shareholder are 3 municipalities, 2 energy suppliers and an association (Förderverein). In the ENERGE project, EART will manage demonstration site schools in the Trier Region and will act as local liaison to the schools. EART will support, engage, train and monitor the participating schools. As part of a regional and national network of energy stakeholders, EART will provide key dissemination routes and secure long-term impacts of ENERGE by engagement and proposed integration of the ENERGE strategy. EART will be the interface to national and federal state organizations and legal authorities in Germany and bring expertise gained from an existing regional initiative engaging students, teachers, parents and school-caretaker to save energy.

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University of Luxembourg

University of Luxembourg

University of Luxembourg (UL) provides high-quality study programs and research projects. The Faculty of Sciences & Technology participates in multiple EU projects including 5 INTERREG projects. In ENERGE, UL manages demonstration site schools in Luxembourg. UL will also bring extensive experience in several past research projects focusing on building energy usage. UL will provide technical guidance and assessment to categorize the existing stock. Here especially the school buildings are of interest, depending for example, on age or year of construction, type of construction from older buildings to new passive buildings with different HVAC techniques. This assessment is essential to best devise a truly adaptable strategy with transnational application as required by the project.

 

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R2M Solution LTD

R2M Solution LTD

R2M Solution is an integrated and multi-disciplinary entrepreneurial innovation company that aggressively targets filling the gap between research activities and market implementation across the fields of Innovation, Engineering, Energy, and ICT/Automation. In the ENERGE project, R2M Solution leads exploitation and market replication activities. It will be responsible for the market analysis and the development of the ENERGE business plan and exploitation plan, involving direct and indirect stakeholders, ensuring goals on long term effects are met. The R2M team has extensive experience with business model design and market replication in European projects in, amongst others, the energy, construction and sustainability domain. R2M will disseminate the activities and results to energy, construction and building owner communities and events like the Sustainable Places conference.

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