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Save@work trainings in March


Save@work is a European Union funded (H2020) initiative which helps public buildings reduce their energy consumption and carbon emissions in nine countries. GreenDependent Institute is one of the partners in the international consortium coordinating the energy saving efforts of civil servants. Altogether there are 18 buildings participating in the friendly competition in Hungary with almost 1900 employees from all around the country. The competition officially started on 1 March, so GreenDependent held the Starting Event on 11 February in Budapest, where we invited the Energy Teams – groups of the most enthusiastic employees in each building – and leaders of the participating institutions.


As part of the project GreenDependent experts held local trainings for the competing offices. As we went on this roadshow of trainings we realised how different each building is, some are more than a 100 years old, while others are quite modern. In some cases the employees already have a history of saving energy (e.g. as part of the Covenant of Mayors initiative), while in others they haven’t yet paid much attention to the amount of energy their workplace consumes. We introduced the project to the participants of the training, and conducted a behaviour change based energy audit together with them. After this, we discussed where they could concentrate their efforts to save more energy in the future. This way no matter how different each building was, the employees got tailored advice. Then based on this “light energy audit” the staff collected existing problems and, importantly, already positive energy saving behaviour, after which they thought of concerted actions that could help them save more energy in the future. The work they started during the training will result in an energy saving action plan for the year of the competition. We also talked about group dynamics and motivation and explained in what various ways GreenDependent is assisting them all year long in their energy saving efforts, for example: online Energy Saving Tool, Strategic Handbook for Energy Teams, biweekly energy saving tips, Starter Kit (see picture below).

By the middle of April all training events were completed, so now all the energy teams in the participating buildings are ready to complete their action plans and start working towards reducing the carbon emissions of his/her workplace during the next one year. Hopefully the efforts won’t stop with the end of the competition in 28 February 2017, but the campaign will have a long term impact on the employees’ energy consumption behaviour and habits.

 
The patron of the project in Hungary is Dr. Marcel Szabó, Deputy-Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, Ombudsman for Future Generations.

For more information in English please visit: https://www.saveatwork.eu/

If you wanted to learn more about the programme in Hungary, please write to: info[@]sporolunk.org

 

 

 

 

 

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