Explore your school

Goal 7: Affordable & Clean Energy


The energy at my school

Explore your own building/school. The point of this assignment is to research the sources of energy used at the school/building, and to do calculations of the energy consumption. Furthermore, the students have to consider possible alternate energy sources and do calculations based on these. Lastly the students discuss the barriers that are generally the reason why conventional energy has not already been replaced by renewable energy.



                General Studies

                Earth Sciences

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Learning objectives

– knowledge of Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
– knowledge about different kinds of energy
– knowledge about what is clean energy and new sources to clean energy
– be able to calculate consumption
– to find solutions

Behavioural competences

Social and civic competences


We are running out of oil – what to do? Who owns the natural resources?

Lifelong learning key competences

Social and civic competencies
Mathematical competence and basic competences in science and technology


Questions for the group


It is a good idea to make the activity Kinds of Energy before this activity.
Print the questions.

Useful videos to introduce the goal/theme:

#GlobalGoals 7: Affordable and Clean Energy – Can you make it happen?

The Energy Revolution (6.30 min)

Why 2016 Could Be a Turning Point the Energy Revolution


Research your own building/school. The objective of the exercise is to study the energy sources of your school/building, and calculate the consumption.
Furthermore, the students have to consider the options for alternate energy sources and do calculations on these. Lastly, the students will discuss what barriers there generally are/could be to switching out conventional energy with renewable energy.
Appendix 2: Goal 7 – Explore your school – Questions

Appendix 3: PPP – A good example of a school with climate-friendly energy initiatives

When initiatives are taken to reduce the CO2 emissions, it should pay off for the school, meaning it has to benefit the school financially. As a rule of thumb, it should take less than 10 years before the investment has been regained when making an investment to increase resource- or energy-efficiency. In the calculation you have to include both the actual savings that come from a decrease in the consumption of resources or energy, and the school paying off the investment.


Complete the reflection work sheet connected to Goal no. 7

The first part of the work sheet is to be completed before class, but the remaining parts are to be used for summing up and evaluating the theme in class.

Follow up suggestions

Look at the other exercises connected to goal no. 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy

Print Outs

Reflection Sheet

Appendix 1 – Explore your school – questions