Raising awareness and supporting Belgian schools in their switch to LED lighting
The 2IMPREZS project aims to lower the electricity usage in schools through small-scale technical interventions and through raising awareness on the subject among teachers and students. The Province of Antwerp, together with some local Belgian schools, looked at how to reduce electricity consumption in schools by replacing their classical TL lighting with LED lighting. This will support the overall goal of the 2IMPREZS project to lower CO₂ emissions in school buildings across the North Sea Region.
The Province of Antwerp (Belgium) has its own educational provision with seven secondary schools and vocational education schools. Together with five of these provincial schools and five additional (non-provincial) schools, the Province of Antwerp joined the 2IMPREZS project as a Belgian partner.
Throughout the project, the technical secondary school “PTS Boom” decided to renew its interior lighting. In 2018, the school changed the classical TL lighting fixtures in the classrooms to new, more energy efficient LED lighting. Along this trajectory, the school involved the final-year students, who learn about electricity in their curriculum, to follow the adjustments and comprehend the reasoning behind them. The renovation of the lighting resulted in a 20% reduction in electricity consumption after the first year.
In another school in the city of Mechelen— called ‘’GO! Atheneum Busleyden’’—pupils also retrofitted the classical TL lighting in the classrooms and hallways to LED lighting with moving sensors. Going beyond their energy savings from technical measures, the school also used this event as an educational opportunity involving the pupils themselves. The replacement of the lighting was also one of the objectives in the sustainability statement the pupils had previously drafted together with their teachers and school administration. This inspired the Province of Antwerp to roll out similar initiatives across other Belgian 2IMPREZS schools.
For three additional schools, a lighting company was procured through a public tender (Campus KaJee, OLV-College and Xaverius-College) in 2020. The company advised the three schools in regards to possible modifications to both indoor and outdoor lighting and suggested a few quick improvements. The Province of Antwerp decided, in consultation with each school, which quick improvements to select, and the necessary materials was purchased with the support of the Interreg North Sea Region (NSR) 2IMPREZS project. In two of these three schools, the school building managers were able to change the outdoor lighting to LED lighting in the autumn of 2020 and winter of 2021; the third school chose to upgrade its indoor lighting of the classrooms, corridors and turn hall to LED.
In these three outstanding schools, the pupils were involved in the project one way or another. For example, energy boxes provided through the educational service of the Province (PIME) offered teachers who give technical courses the ability to lend useful measuring devices and didactic materials for their pupils. This allowed the students to perform simple light and energy measurements before and after the lights were replaced. We are excited to see the impact on the energy bill for these three schools! For more information regarding the energy retrofitting of the 2IMPREZS Belgian schools, you can contact Koen Cuypers, Provincie Antwerpen (DMN) at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org