13 January 2010 - MEP presents awards to students in pan-european plastics industry energy competition

Portuguese MEP Edite Estrela brought the fourth edition of FuturEnergia - the Europe-wide student competition on plastics and energy efficiency - to a close by presenting the prizes to the winning students. The award ceremony organised by PlasticsEurope was held in the European Parliament in Brussels. When handing out the awards, MEP Estrela said: "I am very impressed with the creativity students showed when faced with these energy challenges. It is through initiatives such as FuturEnergia that fresh perspectives on these issues come to life.”

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

The FuturEnergia project is cooperation between PlasticsEurope, the association of plastics manufacturers, and European Schoolnet, network of 31 Ministries of Education in Europe and beyond. It is aimed at increasing awareness of energy efficiency issues amongst children between the ages of 7 and 20, across 34 European countries.

Over the past 3 years, the project has reached students from all over Europe through an interactive website (www.futurenergia.org) with monthly live chats hosted by high-profile energy experts, online European-wide competitions and more. It has 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:

PlasticsEurope is one of the leading European trade associations with centers 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 300 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