Pioneering scheme to help kids get the low-down on low carbon

THE North-East’s secondary schools are to benefit from an innovative scheme to ensure children get first-hand experience of sustainable energy in the classroom.

THE North-East’s secondary schools are to benefit from an innovative scheme to ensure children get first-hand experience of sustainable energy in the classroom. ‘The Low Carbon Schools Programme’ will distribute, over the course of 2008, specially designed mobile renewable energy units to all secondary schools in the region.

Supported by curriculum-based learning materials and an interactive website, this will be a hands-on way of showing pupils the relevance of renewable technology and energy saving in everyday life.

With funding from One NorthEast, The Low Carbon Schools Programme is being implemented by Blyth-based NaREC, the North-East’s Centre of Excellence for New and Renewable Energy, in partnership with eaga plc, the UK’s leading provider of residential energy efficiency solutions, and the Centre for Design Research at Northumbria University.

Pupils will be able to record and compare data from their schools’ device, with those gathered by other classes using the technology across the region, and with a full-scale model installed at NaREC in Blyth. Other science and learning centres, such as the Discovery Museum, will also be participating in the scheme.

The programme will also select a flagship school from the participating schools and create the first carbon neutral secondary school in the North-East by implementing energy saving and renewable energy technologies.

The programme will also work to encourage pupils to reconsider science and engineering as careers options, especially given the need for the skills in the region’s own thriving economy.

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AS the UK’s market leading provider of residential energy efficiency, eaga plc works closely with Government and the private sector to deliver solutions which address climate change and promote social justice.

eaga Renewables – one of the fastest-growing divisions within eaga plc – installs solar thermal heating systems on a broad spectrum of buildings including schools, swimming pools, blocks of flats and private households.

During the past year it has fitted more than three hundred square metres of solar thermal panels. This is now saving more than 80 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

Contact eaga Renewables, eaga House, Archbold Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1DB. Tel : (0191) 247-3832 or visit www.eaga.com

FROM world-class development facilities, NaREC applies the best in energy efficiency and micro-renewables to create sustainable development solutions for the built environment.

Translating policy into practical solutions

Best Practice Guidance

Technology Testing and Certification

Hybrid solutions for micro-renewables and energy saving in the built environment

Education, skills and training

Resolving the challenges of grid connection

Contact NaREC: Eddie Ferguson House, Ridley Street, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 3AG. Tel: (01670) 359555, email:

webmailin@narec.co.uk

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