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Interreg North Sea Region 2IMPREZS Final Conference

01 August 2023 - Published by Debbie Glen
On 7th June 2023 at the European Parliament building in Brussels, the extended (NSR) 2IMPREZS project demonstrate how the transnational 2IMPREZS Energy Challenges approach can help decarbonise schools across Europe.

The Interreg North Sea Region (NSR) 2IMPREZS project has developed a tried-and-true method of reducing energy consumption in school buildings, thus lowering carbon emissions, across the five participating North Sea Region countries of Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and the UK. From 2017 to 2021, the 2IMPREZS project stimulated change in the current climate crisis and resulting energy transition by fostering both behavioural and technical energy efficiency measures in existing schools, reducing energy consumption and thus CO2 emissions. The 2IMPREZS project tackled the whole spectrum of energy efficiency measures—the behavioural, the technical and the financial approaches—instead of focusing on one specific field. The proven comprehensive transnational strategy aims to achieve 30% energy savings in 141 schools in the North Sea Region, representing an emission reduction of 7320 tonnes of CO2.

 

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The international 2IMPREZS consortium and stakeholders outside the European Parliament Building in Brussels, Belgium for the 2IMPREZS Final Conference this June 2023.

 

Due to the success of the 2IMPREZS Energy Challenges, the project has been extended for an additional 18 months in order to reach more schools in existing and additional regions, develop a digital programme, and continue the considerable reduction in energy consumption and carbon emissions. Between 2018 and 2020,  more than 120 schools had accepted the 2IMPREZS “energy challenge”, equating to a reduction of approximately 7000 tonnes of carbon emissions. Building on the success of the initial project, a new 2IMPREZS Energy Challenges digital programme has been developed. The extended 2IMPREZS project supports an additional 75 schools in delivering their Energy Challenges in their regions, with now the potential to sup-port many more using digital tools (i.e., AR/VR technologies).

To hear all about the five-year journey of the international project consortium, 35 teachers, local politicians and other key stakeholders joined the project partners at the final conference held in the European Parliament Building in Brussels. A highlight of the final conference was the insightful and inspiring presentation by four outstanding “Energizers” themselves – pupils involved in the 2IMPREZS Energy Challenges programme – who travelled to Brussels from the Sjabi school in Puurs, Belgium to demonstrate their findings and results. The Energizers represented their school’s energy-saving team established through the 2IMPREZS project, called the “AMIGOS” – Aandacht voor milieu en gezondheid op school (Attention to environment and health at school).

 

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The “AMIGOS” of Sjabi in Puurs, Belgium presenting their methods for energy saving at school at the 2IMPREZS Final Conference in Brussels.

 

In addition, presented at the final conference was the full suite of 2IMPREZS Digital Tools – E. Wattson School Tool™, Serious Energy Game (compatible with the 2IMPREZS Virtual Reality/VR Glasses), Kahoot! Energy Awareness Quiz and 2IMPREZS Digital Blueprint. Available in English, Dutch, German and Slovenian, the 2IMPREZS Digital Blueprint – as one example of the resources made available through 2IMPREZS – is an e-manual that serves as a ‘blueprint’ or guide for implementing the digital 2IMPREZS 4.0 Energy Challenges in schools across the North Sea Region and beyond.

These digital tools developed within the 18-month project extension of 2IMPREZS are open-source and available for use by any interested teachers and pupils well beyond the project end this June with the goal of increasing capacity and ensuring future scalability of the 2IMPREZS Energy Challenges.

Finally, a closing speech was provided on the future of the Energy Challenges, which have the great potential to save tonnes of carbon emissions to meet decarbonisation targets set by the EU Green Deal, all made possible thanks to the Interreg North Sea Region Programme 2IMPREZS project. The high-level event was moderated by Chris Ashe (atene KOM GmbH).

 

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Chris Ashe (atene KOM GmbH) moderating the 2IMPREZS Final Conference.

 

AGENDA

10:30-10:50 Arrival/Coffee & networking

10:50-11:00 Welcome by Moderator – Chris Ashe (atene KOM)

11:10-11:25 Introduction to 2IMPREZS: Background & Results – Nikita Geerts (IOK)

11:25-11:40 Energizers in Focus: A word from our Energizers

11:40-12:00 2IMPREZS 4.0 AR/VR Digital Tools Demonstration – Ivan van Elst (IGEMO)

12:00-12:20 Interreg North Sea Region Programme 2021-2027 – Jesper Jönsson (Joint Secretariat)

12:20-12:40 Keynote speech – Toine Manders (Dutch Member of European Parliament)

12:40-12:50 Energy Challenges: Where are we now & where are we going? – Madeline Langlois (atene KOM)

12:50-13:00 Closing remarks

Moderation: Chris Ashe, atene KOM GmbH

 

 

Background

More Information on 2IMPREZS

The Interreg North Sea Region (NSR) 2IMPREZS project has developed a tried-and-true method of reducing energy consumption in school buildings, thus lowering carbon emissions, across the five participating North Sea Region countries of Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and the UK. From 2017 to 2021, the 2IMPREZS project stimulated change in the current climate crisis and resulting energy transition by fostering both behavioural and technical energy efficiency measures in existing schools, reducing energy consumption and thus CO2 emissions. The 2IMPREZS project tackled the whole spectrum of energy efficiency measures—the behavioural, the technical and the financial approaches—instead of focusing on one specific field. The proven comprehensive transnational strategy aims to achieve 30% energy savings in 141 schools in the North Sea Region, representing an emission reduction of 7320 tonnes of CO2.

Due to the success of the 2IMPREZS Energy Challenges, the project has been extended for an additional 18 months in order to reach more schools across the North Sea region, develop a digital programme, and continue the considerable reduction in energy consumption and carbon emissions.

As project partner, atene KOM GmbH is responsible for communication with the schools from the German project region. The participating schools are supported throughout the project and have a fixed contact person for the implementation of the transnational Energy Challenges and the sustainable measures for the reduction of energy consumption. In addition, atene KOM coordinates the transnational knowledge exchange between the schools.