In January 2020 the EU Green Deal was announced by the EU Commission as a fundamental policy initiative. The goal is to make Europe a climate-neutral continent by protecting our natural habitat, thus enhancing the well-being of people, the planet and also for the economy. In order to reach this goal, the Green Deal seeks to bring important innovations also in the construction industry.
40% of our energy consumption is due to buildings and renovating buildings will help people to cut their energy bills and energy use. By using energy more efficiently and thereby consuming less, Europeans can lower their energy bills, help protect the environment and reduce the EU’s reliance on external suppliers of oil and gas. Energy efficiency needs to be improved throughout the full energy chain, from production to final consumption.
So, it is crucial that the technical professionals have the tools to improve energy efficiency, not just customers who request it, but also in their workplaces and to increase the competitiveness of their businesses. As a result, the adoption of energy efficiency measures for buildings has created a strong demand for digital and green skills for smart metering and home automation technologies. Technicians in this field apart from technical proficiency, require a combination of digital and environmental skills to respond to the installation, maintenance, and programming of smart metering and energy efficiency systems. Moreover, they need entrepreneurial and financial skills to better manage their business and to be able to propose a clear and comprehensive proposal to costumers.
The Erasmus+ KA2 Energy Efficiency Expert project addresses all the above.