Crevits invests €6 million in greener school buildings
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
“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.
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