This maintenance theme gives schools the chance to revise the Energy theme while looking at issues surrounding energy on a global scale. The most obvious global link to the energy theme is of course Climate Change, the most serious environmental problem of our time and is intrinsically linked to our energy use.

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Ireland has set three main targets to achieve by 2020: to increase renewables by 20%, to reduce energy consumption by 20% and to reduce greenhouse gas levels by 20%.

Case studies

St Joseph’s Secondary School, Castlebar

St. Joseph's Secondary School is an all girls school in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. There are 480 students and 30 teaching staff. They were awarded the Green Flag for Global Citizenship - Energy in May 2016.

St. Peters National School, Dromiskin

St Peters National School received the Green Flag for Global Citizenship - Energy in 2016. They currently have [...]

St. Brigid’s Girls National School, Palmerstown

St. Brigid’s GNS is based in Palmerstown and was awarded the Green Flag for Global Citizenship - Energy in 2016. The school presently has 20 teachers and 360 pupils in attendance.

We have seen a dramatic reduction in our electricity and oil costs. Our children are much more aware of the need to conserve energy and do this as part of their normal day. They view themselves as Global Citizens and have a greater understanding of what they have in common with children living around the world. They also have a greater awareness of the interdependence of all – and how this translates into the need to use renewable energy where possible.
Scoil An Spioraid Naoimh, Roxborough, Ballysheedy, Co. Limerick

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