The Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education will analyze the reality of energy consumption in 300 elementary and middle schools in the province.
The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (Minister: Lee Joo-ho), the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education (Superintendent: Kim Sang-gon) and IBM Korea (President: Lee Hwi-seong) said that they had agreed to join hands for a project analyzing the energy consumption reality of 300 elementary and middle schools in Gyeonggi-do to improve energy efficiency.
The Education Ministry and Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education plan to work out a guideline for saving energy in schools under the control of regional education offices across the country based on results of this analysis project. To this end, the two organizations will craft the criteria for the efficient use of energy by analyzing and building a database on the reality of energy consumption at elementary and middle schools in the province that have diversified features.
As a partner of the project, IBM Korea held a briefing session on July 11 this year on the specifics of the project for officials from 25 regional education offices in Gyeonggi-do, while providing the ‘Custom Grants’. The ‘Custom Grants’ is IBM’s CSR program that provides consulting and services to non-profit organizations, government agencies and schools based on its experience in developing and implementing industry-best analysis solutions and building energy analysis solutions.
Major specifics of the school energy consumption analysis project include the comprehension of the energy consumption status in schools (the status of energy consumption by schools, the status of consumption by energies, and the monthly and annual trends of energy consumption), the comparison of relative energy efficiency between schools (compared analysis of energy efficiency taking account of building features, and also taking account of regional features), and prediction of the energy consumption volume (prediction of the energy consumption volume of schools and the identification of excessive or insufficient use of energy compared to predictions).
The project is expected to draw reliable results of energy analysis by analyzing the energy consumption volume of schools and comparing the status of energy consumption and the emission of greenhouse gases between schools. And the results are expected to be used for establishing policies and introducing systems for reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions by analyzing the structure of buildings and types of facilities.
And the comprehension of difference between the predicted energy consumption volume and actual consumption, and analysis of the reality of building energy consumption will serve as a basis for seeking ways of practicing green growth, one of the nation’s major agenda for reducing energy consumption and the emission of greenhouse gases, and for efficiently managing the energy of school buildings.
As the analysis results will allow them to objectively understand the reality of energy consumption by comparing numbers with an average energy consumption volume, the data can be used as educational materials on environment and energy for students and teachers.
Based on the results of energy consumption analysis, the Education Ministry, Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education and IBM Korea will work out the means of efficient energy management for school buildings, energy consumption criteria and saving rules for various schools, and guidelines for energy consumption to use them for formulating and implementing energy-saving policies at elementary and middle schools across the country.