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Launch of U4energy, the European school challenge

The European Commission has launched U4energy, a new cross-border school competition aiming to promote energy savings across Europe. The competition is open to teachers and students in 31 European countries and will reward the best energy efficient practices in schools.

135 students at the European School of Woluwe Saint Lambert witnessed today the official opening of the U4energy competition, in the presence of the European Commissioner for Energy, Mr. Günther Oettinger, and the Executive Director of the Flemish Agency for Infrastructure in Education, Ms. Sarah Tak, Advisor to Pascal Smet, Flemish Minister of Education, Youth, Equal Opportunities and Brussels Affairs.

Starting today, schools in 31 European countries (the 27 EU member states, plus Norway, Croatia, Iceland and Liechtenstein) are invited to submit their contribution to a more energy-efficient future, earning the chance to win a prize and gain recognition at European level.

Underlining the importance of energy education as a motor of sustainable development, Commissioner Günther Oettinger said: "I am confident that through their commitment, innovative spirit and creativity, students and teachers will make U4energy an excellent platform for sharing expertise in energy education and intelligent energy use across Europe”.

The U4energy competition represents a unique opportunity for teachers to demonstrate that saving energy and protecting the environment can also be a fun activity. U4energy will provide a suitable framework to reward teachers and students' best practices and spread them from school to school, and from country to country.

U4energy is among the over 20 projects and initiatives in the field of energy education funded under the Intelligent Energy Europe programme which contributes 15 million Euro to the cause of energy education.

About U4Energy
U4Energy (www.u4energy.eu) is a European Commission initiative, funded through the Intelligent Energy Europe programme, which aims to make Europe more competitive and innovative while helping it to deliver on its ambitious climate change objectives. To find out more about the projects in the area of energy education visit: http://ec.europa.eu/intelligentenergy. U4Energy is carried out by European Schoolnet on behalf of the European Commission.

Diane Kelecom, Communications Officer, diane.kelecom@eun.org Tel +32 2 790 7563
or U4energy@eun.org

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