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Three4Climate inspires zero emission trip across Europe

The idea

The first 2,300 kilometers from Bielefeld (Germany) to the project partner school in Braga (Portugal) should be covered by travelling in an electric car (Mercedes-Benz EQV), having enough space to carry the two teachers and their school e-bikes. To go from Braga to Lisbon and then to Beja (another 500 kilometers), the train should be taken and finally from Beja to Loulé two of the electric bicycles from the Friedrich-v. Bodelschwingh Grammar School e-bike sharing scheme would be the final means of transport for the last 150 kilometers. The teachers linked the trip to the e-CROSS GERMANY mobility project which was started at Friedrich-v. Bodelschwingh Grammer School in 2010. With Three4Climate and e-CROSS GERMANY, the school participates in the programme “School of the Future” of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

From Bielefeld to Braga via electric car

On Friday, October 1st at 04.00 a.m., Tobias Dewald and Jens Ohlemeyer started the electric road trip in Bielefeld. They needed to stick to a very strict plan of accessing the available hyper power charging stations on their way to reach Braga in Portugal in time on Sunday. Fortunately all the HPCs (hyper charging stations) in Germany, Belgium and France worked flawlessly and recharged the battery from 10% to 100% in 45 to 60 minutes. In Brussels, Tobias Dewald and Jens Ohlemeyer, met with Katerina Fortun from the Climate Pact Secretary of the European Commission to hand over urgent demands of the Three4Climate students for more climate action by the European Union.

From Braga to Beja by train

On Sunday morning, October 3rd, the two teachers were welcomed from the partner school in Braga, and continued their journey by train to Porto and Lisbon, taking their e-bikes with them. On the comfortable train to Lisbon, they could also recharge their personal batteries after two days of travelling without much sleep.

From Beja to Loulé by e-bike

On the final day of the journey, Monday, October 4th, the teacher team took the train from Lisbon to Beja and cycled 50 kilometers from Beja to Aljustrel/Messejana to visit a large 13.9 MWp solar power plant (electricity for about 8,000 households) to show and communicate where our energy should come from and that our future is electric and emission free. From there it was another 100
kilometers by e-bike to Loulé at the Algarve coast. Due to the very hilly terrain at the Algarve and quite some luggage, the last part of the journey was rather exhausting despite the electric support of the bicycles. On top of that, 23 kilometers before the destination of Loulé, the first of the e-bike batteries went offline and 10 kilometers before Loulé, the second e-bike battery was empty.
Hungry and exhausted, but absolutely determined to reach their aim in the intended way by bicycle, the two teachers pushed their bikes with heavy luggage on the last 10 kilometers up the ascents of the Algarve hilly topography and arrived in Loulé at around 11 pm just before midnight.

Cooperation to continue beyond the Three4Climate project

Very happy with the successful emission free journey, Tobias Dewald and Jens Ohlemeyer were welcomed by the partner school in Loulé on Wednesday, October 6th, and worked together with the teachers from Braga on projects to reach climate neutrality in the EU by 2050. Vitor Aleixo, the mayor of Loulé/Salir, invited the mayor of Bielefeld, Pit Clausen, to Portugal to continue exchange
programs with young people from both countries and cities.

The project schools of Braga, Loulé and Bielefeld will also continue their school cooperation beyond the Three4Climate project with official school partnerships for future projects, as the Three4Climate project was a huge success. A lot of inspiring ideas for effective climate protection measures were created with the call for expanding education for a sustainable development in schools. Strengthening the bonds between the participating three countries Portugal, Slovenia and Germany was another very important aspect of the project since new friendships across Europe developed and thrived.

Copyrights for pictures above: Jens Ohlemeyer

Young Energy Europe cooperates with KÖVET in Hungary

KÖVET is a non-profit association of 54 Hungarian companies and 25 partners from science and civil society who exchange practical and solution-oriented information on topics as corporate climate action, environmental management systems and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

KÖVET is the Hungarian partner of the EUKI project ALLIES, whose aim is it to activate investments in cost-effective energy efficiency projects by involving local organizations as investors, intermediaries and beneficiaries.

We are looking forward to the results of this collaboration!

The Hungarian team of Young Energy Europe presented the concept of energy scouts to companies and stakeholders at the conference and explored future possibilities for cooperation. Together with KÖVET, Young Energy Europe is planning a joint workshop in spring 2020. During the workshop Hungarian energy scouts will share their knowledge with current participants and KÖVET member companies in order to foster the dialogue between the two initiatives. As the common denominator of Young Energy Europe and KÖVET is practice-oriented climate and environmental action in companies, numerous synergies will result from the cooperation.

KÖVET is the Hungarian partner of the EUKI project ALLIES, whose aim is it to activate investments in cost-effective energy efficiency projects by involving local organizations as investors, intermediaries and beneficiaries.

We are looking forward to the results of this collaboration!

In the right picture Ludwig Karg, B.A.U.M. Group, explains the EUKI project ALLIES to about 50 participants of the conference. (©KÖVET)

And in the foto left we can see an example of the presentation.  Numerous presentations at the conference addressed the interaction between sustainable development and economic growth. (©KÖVET)

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Best Energy Scouts Awarded for Efficiency Projects on Crete

Seven companies sent their Energy Scouts to the Young Energy Europe award ceremony in Heraklion on September 24, 2019, to compete as best Energy Scouts. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Athanassios Kelemis, Managing Director of the German-Greek Chamber of Commerce and Industry, welcomed the participants at the KEK vocational school of the Cretan Chamber where the workshops for the scouts had taken place.

All scouts presented their projects that were characterized by a great wealth of ideas and by a large number of planned measures. A jury composed of external experts evaluated the projects.

The Energy Scouts of Askofruit, a company producing organic products from pomegranates, won the competition. As part of their project, Energy Scouts Konstantinos Spyridopoulos and Vlassis Dalmaris examined the energy consumption of the company’s transport operations and cooling processes. By using photovoltaics and off-peak electricity, they identified significant saving potentials and estimated a potential reduction of CO2 emissions to less than a third annually (from 69t per year to 21t as soon as the measures are implemented).

Second place went to Energy Scout Nikos Moutsesidis of the brickworks Akek S.A. The company requires a lot of energy for their production processes and especially for brurning bricks. The project intends the installation of a photovoltaic system to produce electricity for the company from solar energy. The system can be used to supply the company or the electricity can be fed into the grid. The CO2 savings potential of the project is 17,500t per year.

Kiara Koutoulakis of Koronekes, an oil mill that produces exclusively organic olive oil, came in third place. In her project she suggested the retrofitting of regular lights to LED lights, the added installation of inverters to the motors in the oil mill and the replacement of disposable plastic cups used for oil tasting.

A number of Scouts from Cretan hotels had also taken part in the workshops, however, they were not able not participate in the award ceremony because the tourist season on Crete is currently in full swing. They will have the opportunity to present their efficiency projects during the Athens award ceremony at the end of the year.

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The Energy Scouts of Askofruit, winners of the competition, Janine Hansen of Young Energy Europe, and Athanassios Kelemis of the German-Hellenic Chamber (© Antonios G. Giakoumakis)
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Second place went to Energy Scout Nikos Moutsesidis (© Antonios G. Giakoumakis)
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Kiara Koutoulakis of Koronekes came in third place (© Antonios G. Giakoumakis)

Young Energy Europe Awards Innovative Energy Scouts in Bulgaria

Award ceremony in Sofia

The jury had a hard time deciding which project to honour. After a long discussion they finally chose one winning project and additionally awarded three special prizes. The best project of the Bulgarian Energy Scouts 2019 was developed by the start-up company Dronamics which produces transport drones. In the near future they plan to offer transport services in countries lacking in infrastructure. The project focuses on the efficient production of component parts by 3D printers and reduces the waste of carbon or glass fiber reinforced epoxy resin by 97%. Due to the project, Dronamics strengthens resource efficiency in the production process and not only reduces earlier material losses but also decreases CO2-emisions by 67%.

The three special prizes were awarded to:

  • Spark Fitness & Spa for the implementation of a water filter system. This system replaces more than 23,000 disposable plastic bottles and cups per year, which previously were used by customers and employees. Additionally, the water has positive health effects.
  • Liebherr-Hausgeräte Marica EOOD won a prize for a compressed air project. By replacing an inefficient compressor combined with other measures they will save 296 tons of CO2 per year.
  • Aurubis Bulgaria AD established a railway transport to move copper anodes to the nearest port. Thanks to the energy scouts, the company can replace the transport volume of 40 diesel-powered trucks per week with electric locomotives.

All energy scouts presented their projects with great commitment and based their vision on solid figures and calculations. They faced critical questions from the jury and the audience, which included Stefan Bundscherer and Ulrike Leis, two representatives of the EUKI secretariat. All participating projects contribute to making their companies more modern, more competitive, more climate-friendly, and help reduce their CO2 footprints.

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