The building sector has a high potential for energy optimisation. In terms of public buildings heritage, energy consumption in schools is the second highest expenditure of municipalities' total running costs. This sector offers potentially remarkable achievements in terms of energy efficiency and the application of renewable energy sources (RES) and carbon footprint reduction
At the same time, disparities exist in central European regions regarding planning and implementing performances of proper sector-based strategies, action plans and managerial capacities.
ENERGY@SCHOOL aimed to increase the capacity of the public sector for implementing energy smart schools. The project achieve this by applyed an integrated approach that educated and trained schools staff and pupils to become Senior and Junior Energy Guardians (EGs). The project provided: - 1 transferrable and 8 customised strategies for smart schools; 1 joint and 7 customised energy smart-school management plans;3 smart phones APPs for EGs;8 tested pilot solutions of energy efficiency and RES application in schools under direct contribution of EGs, in the form of guidelines, toolbox, best practices as referenced documents and experiences.
All of the above-mentioned activities have contributed to increased awareness of energy optimization among children and teachers involved in the implementation of the ENERGY@SCHOOL project, which in consequence caused changes in behavior.