Crevits invests €6 million in greener school buildings

Summary

Schools across the region will receive €6 million in funds to make their buildings and classrooms more energy efficient, and bring down carbon dioxide emissions in one fell swoop

“Large potential”

Flemish education minister Hilde Crevits is investing €6 million in dozens of projects that aim to make primary and secondary school buildings across the region more energy efficient. The 77 projects are hoped to yield a reduction of 1,600 tons of CO2 emissions per year in Flanders.

“With its extensive network of buildings, the education sector has a large potential to save energy and thus reduce CO2 emissions,” minister Crevits said in a statement. “Despite the current process of catching up, there are still many school buildings that consume a lot of energy.”

The projects will insulate the walls, roofs and floors of schools that are part of the free subsided education network in Flanders, and introduce highly efficient glazing that insulates up to twice as well as regular double glazing.

The projects were approved by Agion, the Flemish government's agency for education infrastructure. The total cost price of the projects is €8 million, with €6.1 million being funded with subsidies from the Flemish Climate Fund, which is funded by sales of European emission rights. With projects at an umbrella cost of €2.73 million, schools in the province of West Flanders will undergo most of the energy-savings works.

The action is one of several climate measures that education officials and institutions agreed on at the Flemish Climate Summit that took place at the end of last year.

Photo courtesy Hilde Crevits/Flickr

Educational system

The Flemish educational system is divided into two levels: primary (age six to 12) and secondary school (12 to 18). Education is compulsory for children between the ages of six and 18.
Types - There are three educational networks in Flanders: the Flemish Community’s GO! network, and publicly funded education – either publicly or privately run.
Not enough space - In recent years, Flemish schools have been struggling with persistent teacher shortages and a growing lack of school spaces.
No tuition fees - Nursery, primary and secondary school are free in Flanders.
1

million school-going children in 2013

30

million euros Flemish education budget for new school infrastructures in 2013

11

percent of boys leaving secondary school without a diploma