Bologna, 10 October 2018 - Today saw the presentation of the second edition of "White Energy Week", theinnovative course of Alternanza Scuola-Lavoro created by Seaside (Italgas Group company) in cooperation with the ENEA and the Regional School Office of Emilia-Romagna. The project aims to transmit to young people a culture of energy efficiency and good practices of environmental sustainability while simulating real "trades of the future" such as the Energy Manager, collecting and analyzing data on energy consumption in their homes.
For the edition linked to the 2018/2019 school year, the project will be extended to the whole Emilia-Romagna region, involving 10 schools in Bologna - the city where the first edition was held - and another 10 schools in the other provinces of the region. In addition, during the school year the project will also be extended to some schools in Sardinia and Molise, reflecting the growing national awareness of the importance of sustainability and energy efficiency.
For the 2018/2019 edition, scheduled from 4 to 8 March, a preparation kit for the "White Energy Week"will be distributed to all classes involved, consisting of an information sheet on energy efficiency, indications on the methodology to be applied for correct data collection and a questionnaire on consumption habits.
In addition, during the "White Energy Week" students will practice the collection of relevant information such as energy, economic and environmental data obtained through the installation, in the homes of some families, of a monitoring device capable of providing, through an app, the consumption data of the building and the real time effects of energy efficiency initiatives taken; data that will be analyzed by applying advanced computer systems, such as the predictive analytics software Savemixer.
At the end of the week of school-work alternation students will be further involved through the creation of a Gamification portal, an innovative way of learning that through games and skill tests on efficiency issues will allow students to practice and earn points , on the basis of which rankings between students and high schools will be created.
The first edition of the project ended with more than 300 students involved and the realization of 80 energy diagnoses of houses of as many families who had the opportunity to better understand the nature of their energy consumption and the importance of a conscious approach to building efficiency. In particular, 52% of households participating in the project have already taken both behavioural and technological measures to reduce energy consumption, while 40% said they intend to do so in the near future.