UNICA is a partner in the Horizon 2020 SAVES2 project "Students Achieving Valuable Energy Savings'', led by a consortium of 11 partners in 8 European countries and coordinated by the National Union of Students UK.
SAVES2 final dissemination webinar "Hidden energy poverty: The student perspective", will take place on 15 January 2021, 11:00 AM - 13:00 PM (CET). The webinar will provide insights and share good practices and recommendations from the project, in particular regarding fuel poverty and the importance of student engagement to achieve valuable energy savings at universities.
ABOUT THE PROJECT. During its lifetime (May 2017 - January 2021) SAVES 2 has supported students across Europe in minimising their carbon footprint in their university and private accommodation, raising awareness about energy efficiency and smart metering, helping them reduce their exposure to fuel poverty, promoting sustainable energy behaviours, and empowering them to continue energy-saving actions beyond their time in education.
SAVES2 has run student behaviour change campaigns in 14 universities and 120 dormitories in 7 European countries and has engaged over 135,000 students in the private rented sector around smart metering and energy efficiency. The project has achieved a big impact in terms of energy savings, measured via a novel and engaging online energy dashboard. Furthermore, the research carried out within the project has provided relevant findings regarding students’ exposure to fuel poverty, and the impacts of this exposure on their well-being, thus contributing to a better understanding and recognition of students as a vulnerable group.
The project was awarded the 2018 International Sustainable Campus Network Excellence Award in the Student Leadership Category, and has been selected as one of the 12 finalists for the EUSEW 19 (EU Sustainable Energy Awards) and the 2020 International Green Gown Awards.