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Osona, Spain: Involving citizens for energy-efficient schools
Osona, Spain: Involving citizens for energy-efficient schools
15 January 2016 - 16:06

In the Spanish city of Osona, the Desendolla’t project encourages efficient energy management in schools through ICT technology and education. It brings together five target groups: students, teachers, caretakers, cleaning teams, and town council staff.

Desendolla’t was launched in 2012, when a benchmark of the energy cost of public schools against private ones carried out by the Local Energy Agency revealed that public schools were lagging far behind. The objective of the project is to improve energy efficiency of public schools buildings. What makes this project unique is stakeholder engagement. The project aims to educate students, teachers, caretakers and cleaning team in energy saving and efficiency, both in school and at home, through three types of action:

1- Decrease or eliminate passive electric consumption during the days off

2- Optimize active electrical consumption during working days

3- Optimize the management of central heating systems.

Within two years the Desendolla’t project achieved significant results, which notably allowed it to win the 2015 Sustainable Energy Award of the EU Sustainable Energy Week.

photo: Vic - CC BY-SA 3.0

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