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Niels Schreuder (AGC Glass Europe), Sandrine Dixson-Declève (Director, CISL' EU Office), Princess Laurentien van Oranje, and Harry Verhaar (Philips Lighting) at the launch of The Atlas Project on low carbon schools on 11 November 2011 at Kariboe Primary School, Heemskerk, The Netherlands, on Dutch Sustainability Day

Niels Schreuder (AGC Glass Europe), Sandrine Dixson-Declève (Director, CISL's EU Office), Princess Laurentien van Oranje, and Harry Verhaar (Philips Lighting) at the launch of The Atlas Project on low carbon schools on 11 November 2011 at Kariboe Primary School, Heemskerk, The Netherlands, on Dutch Sustainability Day

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July 2013: Campaign partner of 'A world you like, with a climate you like'

The Atlas Schools Project is proud to be a campaign partner of A world you like, With a climate you like. Five recent campaign events have been chaired and moderated by Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Director, CISL’s EU Office. The campaign is looking for inspirational projects that show others how a world we like, with a climate we like, can be achieved and that can motivate people to adopt a low carbon lifestyle.  

12 July 2013: Atlas Schools Project featured on the website of the Covenant of Mayors

The Covenant of Mayors is the mainstream European movement involving local and regional authorities, voluntarily committing to increasing energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources on their territories.

Read what the Covenant of Mayors has to say about the Atlas Schools Project.

About The Atlas Project

Schools make up 17% of the EU27 non-residential floor space and emit a surprisingly large amount of carbon from the operation of their buildings. In the UK this represents about 20% of public sector emissions. School buildings in many parts of the EU are inefficient in their use of energy, wasting money which could be going into hiring teachers and purchasing better teaching materials.

A group of corporate leaders working with CISL has come together to address a range of issues related to schools through CISL’s collaboratory approach. This collaboratory has enabled the creation of a unique “living laboratory” concept: The Atlas Project.

The Atlas Project has two objectives. First, to pioneer a low carbon toolkit to allow schools to identify the sources of their carbon emissions and take action to reduce them. Second, to promote policy and action in EU countries and ultimately in other regions that help schools reduce their carbon footprints, through access to low carbon technologies and expertise – and in so doing reduce costs and create green jobs and growth.

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About the Toolkit

The Atlas Project has pioneered a tool to allow schools to identify their carbon exposure and deliver actions to reduce it. The toolkit addresses where GHG emissions can be reduced, and proposes cost-effective solutions across the entire system from transport to the built environment.

This toolkit has relevance for school management (Head Teachers, Bursars and Finance Directors) and provides an invaluable classroom resource. It goes beyond the measures typically recommended to schools (switching lights off, adjusting heating controls etc.) to cover more radical retrofit options such as targeted remodelling, fuel switching and renewable energy investment.

There are many real-time examples of how such services can be delivered to schools with transformational impacts, such as a retrofit calculator pointing to potential energy savings of up to 70%. The aim is to make the toolkit available as widely as possible, with some geographical clusters already having agreed to roll out the toolkit in their areas.

We currently have toolkits available for schools in the UK, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland. In the long term we plan to develop the toolkit for all the countries in the EU – and perhaps further countries internationally. A sample toolkit and a guide to help schools fill in the toolkit are available.

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The Atlas Project will demonstrate:   

  • the feasibility of a targeted GHG reduction in the built environment;

  • the importance of looking at buildings such as school buildings as a system and managing carbon inputs and outputs;

  • the significance of a multi-sectoral approach to decarbonisation from construction, lighting, materials, transport, food, insurance etc.;

  • the success of a multi-business and public/private partnership approach to financing de-carbonisation projects; 

  • the potential scale-up impact;

  • the importance of a holistic integrated approach to education, the benefits from creating a 'living laboratory', and improved student learning environments and general wellbeing; 

  • the link between de-carbonisation efforts and the next generation.

The members of The Atlas Project are all experienced in providing products and services in this field, and are well suited to addressing the challenges of climate and energy adaptation.

Members include:

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