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Press Release 8 June 2020 Updated 15 January 2021

Rising to the energy challenge

Energy Saving Trust today launches the Energy Saving Schools Challenge. This exciting new initiative aims to inform, inspire and empower secondary school students to reduce their energy use and help the UK reach net zero by 2050.

The set of five lessons is suitable for remote online teaching, as well as in the classroom, so suitable for these COVID times. The purpose of the Challenge is to help 11-15-year secondary school students understand where they can save energy and reduce carbon emissions in their everyday lives.

The lessons explain the connection between energy use and climate change through exploring renewable electricity, low carbon travel and home energy efficiency. Students are then able to create their own personal energy saving action plan to empower them, their classmates or families to become energy saving champions as they reduce their energy consumption.

Mike Thornton OBE, Energy Saving Trust’s CEO, said: “Our aim in creating the Energy Schools Saving Challenge is to help young people learn how their and their families’ choices really do make an impact on the world we all live in.

“Reducing energy consumption across all aspects of our lives does make a positive difference and help address the climate emergency we face”.

Sarah Anderson, a teacher and year 10 tutor, commented, ”Schools are keen to play their part in tackling the climate emergency and teachers always welcome well produced resources to support classroom and online learning.

”These resources have been developed with teachers and students in mind and this set of materials is helpful for teachers looking for independent and authoritative resources for secondary school aged students.”

The lessons are free and available to download from Energy Saving Trust’s website and from the teaching resource site, together with notes of guidance to assist teachers, parents and caregivers in delivering them.


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Energy Saving Trust

Energy Saving Trust is an independent organisation dedicated to promoting energy efficiency, low carbon transport and sustainable energy use. We aim to address the climate emergency and deliver the wider benefits of clean energy as the UK transitions to net zero.

We empower householders to make better choices, deliver transformative programmes for governments and support businesses with strategy, research and assurance – enabling everyone to play their part in building a sustainable future.

Sarah Anderson is a year 10 teacher of languages and a 10SAN tutor at South Charnwood High School, Leicestershire.

Last updated: 15 January 2021