The Cyprus Energy Agency has an established tradition in awareness raising for sustainable energy, with a focus on educational activities. The agency celebrated the World Environment Day by organising an event dedicated to children, on 18 June 2011 in Nicosia, Cyprus.
Teachers, parents, artists, musicians and friends of the Cyprus Energy Agency volunteered to make the Green Day a success. The initiative was also supported by the European Commission’s Representation in Cyprus.
The event included educational actions with parallel activities, such as painting, singing and theatre for children. The aim of all these activities was to raise awareness for sustainable energy actions among young people.
The young guests had the opportunity to participate in an art competition, where children were invited to paint on the topic ‘The environmentally friendly car of the future ‘. Through a fun and creative process, they expressed their concerns and ideas and delivered 70 paintings in total. The day ended with the award ceremony for the two most inspiring creations.
Children also enjoyed the giant quiz ‘The snake game of energy’, which promoted the efficient use of energy. In each round, the winner was presented with a special educational award.
One of the day’s highlights was the presentation of theatrical and musical performances that were prepared by primary school students from across the country. They all approached the issue of renewable energy and energy efficiency in a simple, creative and interactive way. The play ‘How to recycle and save energy’ captured the attention of the students and their families and communicated the message of sustainability in the most effective way!
An exhibition was held at the same venue, presenting the drawings of students between 6 and 12 years old, who excelled in the third national drawing competition on ‘Renewable energy, energy conservation and sustainable transport’. This annual competition is one of the oldest educational initiatives of the Cyprus Energy Agency and has been endorsed by the Ministry of Education and Culture.
The exhibition displayed 85 works from children, which were selected by an evaluation committee out of 375 submissions. The young artists showed that they deeply understand the impact of unsustainable energy use on the environment and the importance of energy savings in their daily lives. The prizes for the three best works as well as the awards and distinctions were presented by the Director of the Department of Environment Mr. Costas Hadjipanayiotou at a major ceremony held in the afternoon with the participation of children from all over Cyprus.
The volunteer-based Green Day event was only one in a series of actions aimed at the promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency through education.
Since its creation, the Cyprus Energy Agency has put in place a set of concrete targets for the period between 2009 and 2012 that have been followed closely:
Based on the agency’s estimates, the educational activities could result in energy savings of 720 MWh per year and annual CO2 emissions reduction of 932 tonnes.
Cyprus Energy Agency
The agency was created with the financial support of Intelligent Energy Europe (Call 2007: IEE/07/AGENCIES/481) in order to contribute to sustainable development in Cyprus.
The agency closely collaborates with local and regional authorities, universities, environmental agencies and industry in order to:
• Provide information, specialised training and awareness raising services for sustainable energy
• Promote local, regional, national and European partnerships in the area of energy
• Contribute to research and technological development
• Help with environmental protection, while taking into account social and economic factors