Why & How

Background

Buildings are responsible for 40% of final energy consumption and 36% of Greenhouse Gas emissions in the EU. Most of environmental footprint of buildings is due to inappropriate maintenance and management operations; part of this impact comes from the public sector, where about 60% of all public buildings floor surface in the EU are schools.

In this challenging context, where an effective action requires strong interregional cooperation, arises EduFootprint project, which addresses the improvement of Energy & Resource Efficiency by reducing the Environmental Footprint in public school buildings, considering the whole life cycle of education service.

The project

EduFootprint is a 28-month Interreg MED modular (M2) project, which counts with 1.020.582,05 € co-financing from ERDF and IPA Funds. 

The project aims to raise the capacity of owners and managers of public buildings (schools) for better management of energy and reduction of the Environmental Footprint in the Mediterranean area with an innovative Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach, considering not just direct energy impacts of buildings (consumption), but also indirect ones (such as public procurement or general awareness and behaviour).

EduFootprint will assess the Environmental Footprint of schools, through an 'Environmental calculator' addressed to owners and energy managers of public schools and will define and test a set of actions, called School Energy Plans, aimed at monitoring and reducing the environmental footprint, as well as energy consumption of school buildings.