Work package 4: Trainings, policies an plans

Work Package 4, led by ENVIROS, aims at ensuring sustainability of project results through providing two types of training: e-learning and face-to-face, targeted at users of the FEEDSCHOOLS toolkit and other stakeholders, and via developing joint policy recommendations for decision makers along with action plans for project partners.

The e-learning course will be prepared taking in consideration the needs of project beneficiaries and wider target groups such as researchers, PhD students, consultants and other professionals, that can be reached in a considerable number by the format of the course. Structure and contents of the e-learning course will be developed by all partners. Regional thematic modules will cover the energy, environmental and finance areas as well as use of the FEEDSCHOOLS toolkit. The e-learning modules in English will be implemented on the ENEA platform that assures availability of the course after the project end.

Face-to-face training, preceded by the training needs analysis, will aim at sharing project knowledge and will be focused on regional context, best practices, pilot studies and the use of FEEDSCHOOLS toolkit. Face-to-face training will be targeted to city energy managers, Local Authorities, school owners and other decision makers, schools technical staff and management. Three trainings per country (21 in total) and individual consultations will be organized by project partners, while associated partners will help in involving Local Authorities. Final evaluation of the training will be performed by the partnership together with a summary of the lessons learned. Practice-oriented training modules developed for the face-to-face training will be available in national languages on the FEEDSCHOOLS website.

In order to guarantee the sustainability and practical implementation of the project results partners will elaborate policy recommendations outlining strategies for municipalities to renovate public schools to the NZEB standard. The policy recommendations will be transferred to decision makers and - due to project partners contacts and membership - to a number of national and international networks, supporting the process of transformation to the low-carbon economy of the public buildings sector. In addition each project partner will prepare an action plan to be implemented after the end of the FEEDSCHOOLS project that will ensure further dissemination of the toolkit and other project results.

Also, at least four Memorandums of Understanding with municipalities will be signed in each partner country (28 in total) to include the toolkit and e-learning curricula as standard instruments into the process of energy planning at the local level. A cooperation plan with Covenant of Mayors will be developed, focused on disseminating of the FEEDSCHOOLS toolkit as a reference tool for application in Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs).