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Energy Smart Mediterranean Schools Network

About the project

The energy trends in the Mediterranean region are characterized by the growing demand for energy, fossil fuels dependence, high CO2 emissions, etc., with negative consequences on the environment. Buildings are responsible for a significant part of the total energy consumption, causing 36% of CO2 emissions. In this context, increasing the energy performance of the building stock has a key role to play in the transition to a smarter, renewable-intensive and decarbonised energy system and, in the longer term, to a climate-neutral economy. ESMES project will specifically focus on the optimization of energy consumption in public schools through innovative, monitoring-based renewable energy and energy efficiency (REEE) pilot actions. At the same time, the project will improve the capacity of 5 public institutions in order to implement innovative energy rehabilitations. 

Key information

Energy Smart Mediterranean Schools Network
B.4 Environmental protection, climate change adaptation and mitigation
B.4.3 Energy efficiency and renewable energy
Italy, Jordan, Spain, Tunisia, Lebanon

Financial data

3.3 million
Total budget
2.9 million
EU contribution
Project co-financing


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What will be improved?

ESMES intends to contribute to increased awareness and better energy habits in schools, through practical training in REEE delivered to 8,000 students. On the economical level, it is expected to save € 30,000 /year through the return of REEE investments. Finally, the project should save 240 CO2 tons/year, 270,000 kWh/year from RE and 30,000 kWh/year through energy efficiency. 

Who will benefit?

  • 44 schools, of which 10 addressed by REEE rehabilitations 
  • 50 energy and education decision-makers 
  • 37,000 school users, both staff and students
  • Universities, research centres, NGOs and SMEs in the field of sustainable energy

Expected achievements

  • 1 contest among 34 schools to reduce energy consumption
  • 5 national energy-efficiency hubs set up
  • 5 strategies to support efficient and cost-effective energy mix in schools buildings
  • 10 energy rehabilitations implemented in public schools in Lebanon, Tunisia, Jordan, Italy and Spain and certified through energy performance certificates

Project news

Tender Announcement for ESMES: Power Consumption Data Acquisition System

The deadline for submitting offers is Monday 17 August 2020 at 13:00.


Project news

Lebanon: launching of the National Energy Hub under ESMES project

The Energy Hub provides room for knowledge exchange and cooperation among stakeholders and decision makers in the field of energy rehabilitations in public schools.


Project news

11 February 2020
ESMES: the idea behind a project on energy efficiency in schools of the Mediterranean area

The project will optimize energy consumption in 10 schools across Italy, Jordan, Spain, Tunisia, Lebanon.


Project news

20 November 2019
Energy efficiency in public schools: ESMES project is ready to start!

ESMES focuses on the optimization of energy consumption in schools across Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia and Spain.

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