The Horizon 2020 funded project GAIA (Green Awareness In Action) aims to promote positive behavioural changes within communities regarding energy consumption/awareness.
GAIA will create an innovative Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) ecosystem (including web-based, mobile, social and sensing elements) tailored specifically for school environments, taking into account both the users (faculty, staff, students and eventually parents through their children) and buildings (schools, universities, homes) that will motivate and support citizens’ behavioural change to achieve greater energy efficiency. The developed solutions will consist of an ecosystem of sensor deployments, services, applications and games focusing on different energy efficiency scenarios like: heating, electricity, transportation to school and collaborative use of resources. On the one hand, it will facilitate monitoring and profiling energy use of users, while on the other hand, it will provide guidelines to them in an educational manner, so that they may act as actuators regulating and defining their energy consumption.
The objectives of the project are the following:
- Engage the Educational Community Development of a Culture for Energy-Efficient Living
- Utilisation of Energy-Consumption Data to Improve Efficiency of Buildings
- Educate towards Collective Use of Resources
- Competitions Across Communities
- Operation at all Levels of Education and Real-Life Validation
GAIA will directly educate over 6.900 users, influence and attempt to transform their behaviour through a series of trials conducted in the educational environment and in homes. It is expected that a larger number of people will be informed about the activities of GAIA and be positively affected towards an energy-efficient behaviour transformation.
For more information visit the project's website at the link provided below.
Project duration: 2016-02-01 to 2019-01-31