U4energy European Award Ceremony 2012

Nearly 200 school representatives from across Europe commended at U4energy’s European Award Ceremony in Brussels for pioneering intelligent energy education


Nearly 200 school representatives from across Europe were honoured during a high-profile European Award Ceremony. The Ceremony took place at the Belgian Comic Strip Museum, a landmark building in the heart of Brussels, in front of an audience of high-level European, national and regional government representatives, senior figures from the industry and non-profit sectors, and the media. The initiative U4energy was launched by EU Commissioner for Energy, Mr Günther OETTINGER back in 2010.


The European winning schools originate from Austria, Croatia, France, Italy, and Spain. In addition, four national competitions from Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Ireland were recognised as finalists under a new competition category which acknowledges best practice beyond U4energy. Finally, a Special Award for continuous effort was granted to a primary school in Malta for its outstanding achievements in embedding intelligent energy education in all its activities, thus giving a clear encouragement to schools’ long-term commitment to addressing sustainability in the classroom.

European winners were selected among all national finalists by a Grand Jury chaired by Ms Silvia-Adriana ŢICĂU MEP, and composed of senior pedagogical and energy experts from international organisations and European institutions. 

The full photo gallery of the event is available at: http://www.shootpeople.be/u4energy.

European Winners and Runners-up of the 2011/2012 U4energy edition are:

Category A: Best energy efficiency measures



¡Juntos ahorramos energía!   Let’s all together save energy!


Secondary School Aliste, Zamora (Spain)

Runner up


Nama Je Stalo! - We care!


Primary School Stjepana Radića, Brestovec Orehovički  (Croatia)

Category B: Best teaching actions on efficient energy use



L’Énergie c’est la Classe Energy is cool!


Secondary School  Louis Aragon, Givors (France)

Runner up


Pensare sostenibile–Little eco houses – Think sustainable–Little eco houses


Lower Secondary School Angelo Brofferio, Asti (Italy)

Category C: Best school campaign on energy efficiency



Ets Energy Tutors.


Secondary School Munderfing, Munderfing (Austria)

Runner up


¡Actua! Es tu responsabilidad – Act! It’s your responsibility !


Secondary School Isidra de Guzman, Alcalá de Henares (Spain)

Category D: Best practice beyond U4energy



Ecole Zero-Watt competition


Ecole St Jean-Baptiste, Huppaye (Belgium)



SPARE competition


Secondary School of Economics Georgi S. Rakovski, Varna (Bulgaria)



CO2 league competition


Primary School Fraternities Czechs and Slovaks, Bystřice (Czech Republic)



One Good Idea competition


Presentation Secondary School, Thurles (Ireland)

Special Award for continuous effort



St. Francis Primary (Malta)

Since its launch in 2010, the U4energy school competition has sparked much enthusiasm with over 600 schools from 30 European countries submitting over 1,000 success stories.

For other schools in Europe to follow suit and learn from the best, Ms Silvia-Adriana ŢICĂU MEP  presented at the Award Ceremony this Monday an inspiring book featuring best practice from all European U4energy winners. This book will also be available in e-book format in 25 languages.

U4energy Patron:
Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Energy, European Commission

In-kind sponsors of the event

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