The project has been implemented by a consortium of 16 motivated partners from 13 European countries, with vast experience in the fields of energy saving and energy education. The 50/50 concept was created and tested for the first time in Germany, in the 90’s. The idea was to involve schools in energy-saving activities by creating economic incentive both for schools and for managers of school buildings (usually local authorities):
- 50% of the financial savings achieved thanks to the energy efficiency measures taken by pupils and teachers is returned to schools through a financial payout
- 50% of the financial savings is a net saving for the local authority that pays the energy bills
The school teaches pupils how to save energy by changing their behaviour and gets additional financial resources; the local authority has lower energy costs and the local community gets a cleaner local environment.
EURONET 50/50 MAX project started with the aim to involve 500 new schools in the 50/50 network and test the 50/50 concept in non-school public buildings.
The 50/50 methodology is a 9-step methodology aiming at the achievement of energy and financial savings in a building. It actively involves buildings’ users in the process of energy management and teaches them environmentally friendly behaviour through practical actions.
The Slovenian partner on this project was energy agency KSSENA, who was content with the results shown in Slovenian schools; the measures taken for the goals of the project to be achieved are continuing.
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