Niels Schreuder (AGC Glass Europe), Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Princess Laurentien van Oranje, and Harry Verhaar (Philips Lighting) at the launch of The Atlas Project on low carbon schools on 11 November 2011 at Kariboe Primary School, Heemskerk, The Netherlands, on Dutch Sustainability Day
About The Atlas Project
Schools make up 17 per cent of the EU27 non-residential floor space and emit a surprisingly large amount of carbon from the operation of their buildings. In the UK this represents about 20 per cent of public sector emissions. School buildings in many parts of the EU are inefficient in their use of energy, wasting money which could be going into hiring teachers and purchasing better teaching materials.
A group of corporate leaders working with CISL came together to address a range of issues related to schools through CISL’s collaboratory approach. This collaboratory enabled the creation of a unique “living laboratory” concept: The Atlas Project.
The Atlas Project had two objectives. First, to pioneer a low carbon toolkit to allow schools to identify the sources of their carbon emissions and take action to reduce them. Second, to promote policy and action in EU countries and ultimately in other regions that help schools reduce their carbon footprints, through access to low carbon technologies and expertise – and in so doing reduce costs and create green jobs and growth.