While modern heating systems or appropriate thermal insulation have for a long time now already been taken for granted in many private households, there is a shortage of effective energy efficiency measures in municipal areas. For example, about 20,000 school buildings in Germany are a considerable burden on the municipalities’ budgets. Hence, the ‘Energy Efficiency in Schools’ (EnEff:Schule) project was started throughout Germany in 2006, in which various school buildings are being modernised in a Public Private Partnership between the public sector, science and business.
Project goals and results
Besides the reduction of energy consumption, a further aspect of the project is that students experience the process as part of the curriculum and their awareness is raised for the need to use energy in a responsible way. The financing model is an important incentive for municipalities to join the project. The energy efficiency measures are in most cases self-financing through the savings in energy.