Saving Energy and Protecting the Climate: Together, yes we can!

On 17 February 2011, a tone-setting event on energy efficiency took place at the European School Brussels III.

Two experts, Jean-Pierre De Grève - PlasticsEurope - and Richard Thommeret – Solvay – shared their expertise on materials and energy efficiency with students and their teachers at the first FuturEnergia school visit of 2011,, at the European School Brussels III.

"Our resources are finite and it is our responsibility to make sure our children have access to the same standard of living as we have today, it is therefore crucial to talk to pupils and raise awareness amongst them about the importance of energy savings and CO2 emissions reductions. Plastics offer a lot of opportunities to achieve this objective” said Jean-Pierre De Grève, Deputy Executive Director of PlasticsEurope.

Amongst other matters of interest, pupils had the opportunity to learn about an exciting project of which Solvay is an official partner, namely, the scientific adventure "Solar Impulse; around the world in a solar airplane”. Solar Impulse's ambition is to contribute in the world of exploration and innovation to the cause of renewable energies and to demonstrate the importance of the new technologies in sustainable development (

Richard Thommeret, Marketing Manager at Solvay / SolVin took the students on a journey into the future while talking them through the Solar Impulse Project "Exchanging views with the pupils and sharing expertise with them contributes hopefully to raise interest in sciences and encourages pupils to embrace scientific careers to ensure a pool of scientific excellence in Europe for the years to come” said Richard.

The visit at the European School Brussels III marks the important place of school events in the FuturEnergia 2011 edition. All schools across Europe are welcome and invited to plan, set up and share their energy-related events with thousands of colleagues in Europe!
When asked about the added-value of such event to the pedagogical process, Mr Erik Goerens, science teacher at the European School Brussels III, said: "This kind of event operates as a bridge between the worlds of industry & research and the school environment. It is also a way of making students more aware of the energy question and of inspiring them to seek possible solutions. I would definitively recommend this experience to other schools.”

Editors’ note:
The FuturEnergia school programme invites schools to take part in a number of online debates with special guests and to organise events about energy efficiency. FuturEnergia encourages new teaching and learning opportunities in the field of energy and sustainable development.
Schools can use the Futurenergia Blog to share their events with their peers. Once a month, the most original and interesting event will be selected. The lucky winner will get the opportunity to host a special guest with common interests and get visibility through the Futurenergia portal. The Futurenergia team can be contacted at
Futurenergia is coordinated by European Schoolnet, a network of 31 Ministries of Education in Europe and beyond, and sponsored by PlasticsEurope.

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 300 billion € per year. The plastics industry includes polymer producers - represented by PlasticsEurope, converters - represented by EuPC and machine manufacturers - represented by EUROMAP.

European Schoolnet
European Schoolnet is a network of 31 Ministries of Education in Europe and beyond. EUN was created more than 10 years ago with the aim to bring about innovation in teaching and learning to its key stakeholders: Ministries of Education, schools, teachers and researchers.
European Schoolnet’s activities are divided among three areas of work:
•    Policy, research and innovation
•    Schools services
•    Learning resource exchange and interoperability

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