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Nicola Catellani
Network Coordinator - SERN

50/50 Projetc

When energy counts

About the project

Pupil’s behavior is crucial both at school and at home. The project focuses on this factor, encouraging pupils to save energy.

The project was introduced thanks to the participation of SERN in the Covenant of Mayors as a Supporting Organisation. In fact, the 50/50 methodology has been originally developed through a European project Euronet 50/50 supported by the European Intelligent Europe.


  1. Valorise, transfer and further develop the results of the original project (Euronet 5050) on a larger scale;
  2. Raise awareness among the pupils on the theme of energy savings;
  3. Develop a process aiming to engage a wide range of actors at local and transnational level.


21st may 2015
First transnational seminar
Salsomaggiore (IT)

1st October 2015
National seminar in Italy
Imola (IT)

2nd October 2015
National seminar in Sweden
Linköping (SE)

20th May 2016
Second transnational seminar
Trollhättan (SE)


The project has brought into classrooms a methodology that has been conceived to teach children how to use energy wisely and how to save it through actions which causes behavioural changes in the pupil. These changes have set in motion a process that ultimately led to lower energy waste in schools. Economic incentives for energy savings have agreed between schools and municipalities (which usually run schools) at the beginning of the project to support the activities. 50% of the energy savings generated during the project due to the change of behaviour of pupils shall be reimbursed to the school, while of the remaining half, 40 % becomes a net savings for municipalities that pay the bills. The remaining 10% is turned to SERN as a contribution to the total expenditure of the project.

In 2015, as a result of the activities carried out by the “energy teams” formed by pupils, the schools have saved 150.000 kwh, with total amount saved of € 14.638,24.

In the end everybody wins: the school receives extra funding, municipalities pay less in terms of costs and help to reach the environmental objectives established at regional, national and European level.

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