Energy Challenges UK aims to reduce schools’ energy consumption, whilst engaging students and teachers in exciting projects to address key issues like single use plastics, waste and recycling and creating new habitats for wildlife to thrive. The ultimate challenge is helping participating schools to reduce their energy consumption by 30%.
Energy Challenges UK is possible due to funding provided through 2imprezs - an EU project that is co-funded by the North Sea Region Programme 2014-2020. The project acts as a catalyst to implement energy saving measures in school buildings across the North Sea Region, which includes parts of the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is the sole UK Partner in 2imprezs and has worked in collaboration with the Young People's Trust for the Environment to develop Energy Challenges UK - providing primary schools across the UK with access to a free initiative that builds on the transnational work and cooperation from the 2imprezs partnership.
The objective is to make teaching environmental topics easy for teachers by reducing the amount of time it takes to prepare and deliver lessons that their students will love. Our activities are split across three terms, each with a distinctive theme:
Learn about energy savings, how your school can cut its carbon emissions and what we can do to help tackle the future impacts of climate change.
Learn about how your school can go single use plastic free, increase recycling rates and help reduce the amount of plastic pollution in our ocean.
Learn about local and global wildlife, showing how you can enhance biodiversity within your school grounds and support global conservation projects.
One of the overriding benefits of taking part in Energy Challenges UK is that you will be given support to help cut your school’s energy consumption by up to 30% -through a combination of a pupil-led behaviour change programme and a professional survey, which will enable you to understand what technical measures can be installed on your school building to reduce your energy use. At a time of rising energy prices and increasing awareness of climate change, this is an excellent opportunity to take action to reduce your school’s energy costs and cut its carbon footprint.
Energy Challenges UK has been made possible due to funding secured through 2imprezs, an EU project that is co-funded by the Interreg North Sea Region Programme 2014-2020. The project acts as a catalyst to implement energy saving measures in school buildings across the North Sea Region, which includes parts of the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
Southend Borough Council (SBC) is the sole UK Partner in 2imprezs and has worked in collaboration with the Young People's Trust for the Environment to develop Energy Challenges UK. Helping schools to reduce their energy consumption and associated carbon emissions has been a priority action area for SBC since it launched its first Low Carbon Energy and Sustainability Strategy in 2015.
A key deliverable of 2imprezs was to ensure that schools will continue to benefit from the funding well beyond the lifetime of the project, which is why SBC has handed over the running and management of Energy Challenges UK to the Young People’s Trust for the Environment. The objective for Energy Challenges UK from the summer of 2020 onwards is to engage as many primary schools in the UK as possible.