Bavaria's energy saving champions come from Mindelheim
The 16 regional winners of this state school competition have been announced. Now, Mindelheim Technical College is fighting for the title of National Energy Saving Champion. BayWa r.e. invites online votes at www.energiespar-meister.de.
243 schools from across Germany set up their own creative climate protection projects as part of the 11th Energy Saving Champion Competition run by the charitable organisation co2online. The best school projects have now been chosen, and a technical jury awarded the "Energy Saving Champion 2015" prize to the top 16.
Mindelheim Technical College was named Energy Saving Champion of Bavaria. They received €2500 in prize money and support from its sponsor, BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH, in their bid to become the "Energy Saving Gold Champion 2015".
Energy efficiency is a matter of education
Together with teachers, their management team, and the local Chamber of Commerce, students at Mindelheim Technical College devised a 40-hour long energy efficiency evening course for interested technical students.
Following a three-year test phase, this course will be rolled out across Bavaria, and then by technical colleges throughout Germany with the intention of championing education on energy efficiency, renewable energies and climate protection. The course provides trainees with the opportunity to acquire expert knowledge on energy so that it is available to them later in their professional lives. As an additional project, Mindelheim Technical College is running a team building project for students from immigrant backgrounds. They are working on an interactive energy saving model village as a visual aid for the classroom. The project appealed to the jury because the integration of issues around climate protection and energy efficiency into the German curriculum has the potential to educate an entire generation in energyconscious behaviour.
BayWa r.e. is giving its vote to Mindelheim Technical College
BayWa r.e. also supports the promotion of renewables and energy efficiency through this inventive idea, and calls for everyone to cast their vote online and to support Mindelheim Technical College. From the 8 June until the 28 June 2015, climate protectors, students, teachers, friends and acquaintances can vote for their favourite project on the competition site www.energiesparmeister.de and help them win the title they want so much: "Energy Saving Gold Champion". The winning project will benefit from additional prize money of €2500.
The prize giving ceremony for "Energy Saving Gold Champion" will take place on 3 July 2015 at the YOU, the leading trade fair for youth culture, in Berlin. Federal Secretary of State for the Environment, Barbara Hendricks, patron of this competition, will be naming the Energy Saving Champions 2015 as part of the event. This competition is part of the "Climate protection campaign" initiated by the Federal Ministry of the Environment.
BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH (BayWa r.e.):
BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of BayWa AG, is responsible for the BayWa Group's renewable energy business. BayWa r.e. was founded in 2009 and is based in Munich. It acts as a holding company for various business interests in the areas of solar energy, wind power, bio-energy and geothermal energy.
BayWa r.e.'s business activities range from project development and realisation to PV trade and consultation services. The company covers the entire spectrum of technical plant support services, including maintenance. It can also undertake the commercial operations management of plants. The range of services further includes energy trading of electricity from renewable sources, trading in biomethane, as well as the sale of green electricity and eco gas to private and commercial customers. The company has an international focus with its core markets in Europe and the USA.
BayWa AG, also based in Munich, is a listed trading company with an international focus. Core business sectors include agriculture, energy and construction.