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Fifty/fifty - Energy Management in Schools


Detailed description of the Good Practice

The "fifty/fifty" action is to motivate schools to save energy. The idea of the action is that energy saving profits not only environment but the participating schools as well. The participating schools get 50% of the saved energy costs.

Energy saving is to be reached with conscious consumer behavior. So, pupils, teachers and caretakers are requested to save in heat and electricity by feasible energy saving measures. Those are simple energy-conscious actions when using thermostats, lamps, other electrical gadgets and air conditioner.

  • Energy saving
  • Energy efficiency
  • Environmental education
  • Awareness raising

Objectives of the Good Practice

  • Energy saving
  • Awareness raising

Participants of the Good Practice

  • Berlin Senate Department of Urban Development, Climate Protection Unit
  • Klima-Bündnis
  • Unabhängiges Institut für Umweltfragen (UfU)- Independent Institute for Environmental Questions
  • Schools

Target group of the Good Practice

Schools: students, teachers and other personnel

More Details of the Good Practice

Originally the instrument was developed in 1993 by the Hamburg Environment Authority and was implemented in Berlin 1996 by the Senate Department of Urban Development, Climate Protection Unit and UfU e.V. Fifty/fifty relies heavily on cooperation between all related partners.

The designated schools have to be evaluated under energy related aspects. Students and teachers establish energy management teams. These teams will lead the energy saving measures at the school. Fifty/fifty connects energy saving measures and environmental education, as students are direct involved in energy saving measures. The knowledge achieved at school can be used at home as well.

An evaluation of the project in 2000/2001 showed that the annual energy savings amounted to 942 000
kWhel + 5 900 000 kWhth. The financial savings amounted to 600 000 €/a. In 2001 290 000 € were
paid to the schools.

In 2006/2007 Klimabündnis and UFU started a new project called fifty/fifty PLUS. The principles are the same as before but the action was extended also to municipalities and other schools. More support was also offered: e.g. written material, meetings, telephone guidance.

Documentation and documents

Available files

Contact details

Senate Department of Health, Environment and Consumer Protection
Climate Protection Unit
Address: Brückenstraße 6, D-10179 Berlin
Phone: + 49 30 90 25 20 50
Fax: + 49 30 90 25 25 09
E-mail: klara.furth-deutschlaender@senguv.verwalt-berlin.de


Klima-Bündnis e.V.
Stephanie Dober
Phone: +49 69 717139-0
E-mail: s.dober@klimabuendnis.org


Data sources and references

REC Estonia
(Visited on the 7th of November 2008)

Homepage of the Action: http://www.fiftyfiftyplus.de (Visited on the 17th of February 2009)