17 September 2008 - Winning students rewarded in competition on energy efficiency

MEP presents awards to students in plastics energy competition

German MEP Holger Krahmer brought the Europe-wide student competition on energy efficiency FuturEnergia, to a close by presenting the prizes. The award ceremony, held in the European Commission’s Charlemagne Building took place under the patronage of EU Education Commissioner Jan Figel’. When handing over the awards, MEP Krahmer said: “I am impressed with the creativity European students showed when asked to solve energy challenges. If everyone would be this alert to energy issues, less resources would be wasted on energy.” His collegue in the Parliament, MEP Dr. Angelika Niebler, expressed that she very much appreciated the work the kids had done. The winners who were warmly welcomed by PlasticsEurope’s president Jacques van Rijckevorsel also participated in a programme of activities and visits in Brussels.

The winners are teams of three students from Poland, Slovenia, Hungary, Lithuania, Germany and Portugal. Aged between 14 and 20, they were asked to propose solutions to pressing energy and environment problems and capture their suggestions on film or presentation. A jury panel consisting of energy experts selected the best entries at the end of the school year.

The “Wanna be a Hero?” brain challenge is an element of the the FuturEnergia project, a cooperation between the association of plastics producers PlasticsEurope and European Schoolnet. It is aimed at increasing awareness of energy efficiency issues amongst children between the ages of 7 and 20, across 34 European countries. The project has reached over 2.000.000 students through an interactive website with components including monthly live chats hosted by high-profile energy experts, and online European-wide competitions.

Wilfried Haensel, PlasticsEurope Executive Director, said: “Energy is the key issue of our times. The plastics industry is proud to host a competition encouraging bright ideas for a sustainable future. We need to increase awareness of the pressing issues and the potential solutions among future generations.”

The award ceremony in September concludes the second year of the programme, but FuturEnergia will continue its activities in the school year 2008/2009.. The FuturEnergia competitions have generated thousands of creative and illustrative contributions, all relating to energy, resource efficiency and climate change. They have been created in Science, Language, Art and ICT classes, and were submitted across several age groups.

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Editors' note:

   1. The FuturEnergia website is available on www.futurenergia.org
   2. The FuturEnergia project is realised by PlasticsEurope in cooperation with European Schools Net (EUN). EUN is a not-for-profit consortium of 28 ministries of education in Europe created in 1997. For more information, see: www.eun.org
   3. Further information on PlasticsEurope is available under www.plasticseurope.org

PlasticsEurope is one of the leading European trade associations with centres in Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan and Paris. We are networking with European and national plastics associations and have more than 100 member companies, producing over 90% of all polymers across the EU27 member states plus Norway, Switzerland, Croatia and Turkey.

The European plastics industry makes a significant contribution to the welfare in Europe by enabling innovation, creating quality of life to citizens and facilitating resource efficiency and climate protection. More than 1.6 million people are working in about 50.000 companies (mainly small and medium sized companies in the converting sector) to create a turnover in excess of 280 billion € per year.

The plastics industry includes polymer producers - represented by PlasticsEurope, converters - represented by EuPC and machine manufacturers - represented by EUROMAP. For further info see the web links: www.plasticseurope.org, www.plasticsconverters.eu, www.euromap.org