calendar 10.01. 2017

ista schools in energy efficiency – Green Capital Essen

People have to learn to act responsibly. Also as regards energy consumption, climate and environmental protection. This is where ista’s new project “ista schools in energy efficiency” comes into play: as part of the “European Green Capital – Essen 2017”, we would like to get people already enthusiastic about energy efficiency, sustainability and climate protection while they’re young.

European Green Capital 2017. That sounds good, that sounds green, that sounds important. It may well surprise those not versed in such matters that the European Commission chose the Ruhr area – to be more precise the city of Essen. The Green Capital Essen has quite a lot to offer when it comes to sustainability and came through in the final against formidable competition such as Nijmegen, Oslo, ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Umeå. Above all, however, Essen still has ambitious goals. The title of European Capital is awarded to cities which have proved that they have high environmental standards and continuously strive for further environmental improvement and sustainable development. The “European Green Capital” award aims to inspire cities to take further action and focus their energy management in order to achieve these sustainable goals.

Sensitising pupils to energy efficiency

And ista is part of this: As a main sponsor, we would like to make our contribution to green urban development with our sustainability project “ista schools in energy efficiency” and are equipping a total of five Essen secondary schools with the latest technology for metering energy consumption.

Using information screens and an app, we make energy consumption transparent to the pupils.

“Modern metering technology ensures greater transparency in active climate protection. It means that not only can the head teacher read the schools’ current energy consumption figures directly but pupils are also sensitised to the more responsible use of energy,” says Thomas Kufen, Essen’s Lord Mayor, explaining the project’s added value.

Making energy consumption and energy saving transparent

And how? Using information screens and an app, we make energy consumption transparent to pupils so they themselves can discover with these modern teaching materials where and how most energy is used in the school. And can then take appropriate counteraction. For example, by proceeding methodically and considering in groups how they can improve their energy consumption.

The foundation stone has been laid. Now it’s up to the pupils to join in.

Energy teaching units

“The aim of the project is to not only create the technical requirements for transparent energy management in schools but also get pupils enthusiastic about the subject in parallel teaching units,” Thomas Zinnöcker, ista’s CEO, explains. An individualised teaching concept is drawn up with each school in order to support the project adequately.

Lord Mayor Thomas Kufen, ista CEO Thomas Zinnöcker and Head of Environment and Construction Department, Simone Raskob, officially signed the sponsoring contract at the press briefing
Lord Mayor Thomas Kufen, ista CEO Thomas Zinnöcker and Head of Environment and Construction Department, Simone Raskob, officially signed the sponsoring contract at the press briefing.

Success with pupils’ enthusiasm and engagement

“ista schools in energy efficiency” is still in its infancy: it was only officially launched at the end of last year. However, installation of the metering devices is already in full swing and now, at the start of this year, the talks on the educational concept are also commencing. The foundation stone has been laid. Now it’s up to the pupils to join in. After all, “ista schools in energy efficiency” will only be a success with their enthusiasm and engagement.



photocredits: Mike Henning, fotolia/lofik