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"50/50 European Network of Education Centers spreads across Europe" (EURONET 50/50 MAX)

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EURONET 50/50 max builds upon the experiences and results of the IEE project EURONET 50/50 which tested and transferred 50/50 methodology from Germany to around 50 schools in 8 other EU countries. This project ( successfully demonstrated how schools can reach important energy savings with 50/50: 50% of energy savings achieved from the energy efficiency measures taken by pupils and teachers are returned through a financial pay-out. The other 50% is a net saving for the public authority that pays the bills. As a result everyone wins.This new project has further disseminated 50/50 to at least 6 new EU countries, building a 50/50 network of more than 500 schools and 45 non-education buildings.  The 50/50 has been strategically rolled out, which means uptake of the concept by local, regional and national authorities and its integration into relevant strategies or plans. Moreover, the teaching resources have been updated and adapted to the different target groups (primary and secondary schools and other public buildings). The project has achieved 11% annual energy reduction (average) in 311 public buildings involved, generating significant economic savings in the energy bills. Thus, schools and local authorities participating in this project are contributing to EU 2020 energy and climate objectives stimulating important changes in users’ behaviours.


Tools developed in the previous project, Euronet 50/50, have been adapted to implement 50/50 in secondary schools and in non-education buildings. As a result targeted educational package (Epack) have been developed for primary schools, secondary schools and for other public buildings (e.g. sports centres, cultural centres, libraries, etc.). During the project 872 Epacks have been delivered to schools and 68 to other public buildings.Strategic roll out of 50/50 mobilising energy and educational authorities and ensuring that the 50/50 concept becomes an integral action of public authorities’ strategies (in educational, asset management and sustainable energy contexts) leading to substantial energy savings and split incentives. The project has reached 155 local strategies, 26 school strategies, 10 regional plans and 8 national action plans.Extending 50/50 Network around Europe involving 525 schools and 45 other public buildings from 13 European countries that are implementing 50/50 methodology while creating permanent feedback and networking among them. The authorities involved have achieved better energy management from their facilities and had better links with the educational community. It has been also an opportunity to share 50/50 experience with other authorities.Capacity building of important actors on energy efficiency and stimulation of behavioural change. Capacity building of 98,891 students, 7,038 teachers and 109 local authorities directly involved in the action leading to significant behavioural changes of pupils, the educational community and stakeholders of non-education buildings towards a more sustainable use of energy.Overall 311 buildings (representing 70% of the total buildings involved) achieved savings with an average annual energy and GHG reduction of 11%, contributing to the EU objectives to reduce energy consumption by 20% by 2020. In total, more than 19 million Kwh were saved with a reduction of 6.304 Tons of CO2. This means a total saving of 1,5M€ on energy consumption. Schools and non-school buildings that saved receiving on average 2,436€ (which correspond to 50% of savings achieved that are paid to the users of the building by the manager of the building).

Lessons learned

The 50/50 methodology is a powerful tool to raise awareness on energy use and save energy in public buildings. It is easily implemented in schools because it has an important pedagogical component. It is a relatively easy methodology to implement as it does not need economic resources, because savings are achieved basically with change of behaviors of the buildings’ users.In order to get stakeholders involved in 50/50 it is necessary to include the project in the daily activities. In non-school public buildings it is necessary to adapt the methodology according with the objectives and interests of workers and users of the buildings. When we are working with adults sometimes it’s more difficult to maintain the motivation than with young students.The economic savings that can be reached with 50/50 are an incentive for the dissemination of 50/50 in other territories and also for its inclusion in energy, climate change or education strategies. However, strategic roll-out of 50/50 is easier at local level than at regional or national level, because local authorities can realize more easily and directly the benefits of implementing 50/50. Moreover, at regional or national level it is more difficult to target the right people that can help to implement 50/50 in strategies and plans. Partners like NGOs or universities have more difficulties to get these contacts as they don’t have direct channels and methods to influence strategies.

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Barcelona Provincial Council
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Domènec Cucurull Descàrrega
+34 934 022 485


In brief

18/04/2013 to 17/04/2016
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