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Background: Reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions in order to address climate change requires behavioral changes by the citizens, who will have to adopt more environmentally friendly and energy-saving practices. Methods: We present a system and corresponding practices for gathering energy consumption data from public school buildings over the Internet, processing them to identify hidden correlations and produce actionable advice and presenting the results in real-time to its occupants over the Web. We describe the metering infrastructure installed at schools for energy consumption monitoring and the related actions carried out in order to motivate local school communities towards an environmentally friendly behavior. The introduction of IPv6 was found to be a key enabling technology for setting up such a system in a simple, secure, and efficient way. Results: The proposed system and processes are put under test in a pilot installation composed of about 50 IPv6-enabled schools of the Greek School Network (GSN). These are also combined with appropriate educational and social engagement tools. In this way, energy consumption, operating costs, and greenhouse effects can be reduced in the area of educational and public administration buildings in general. Thus, people become almost instantly aware of the energy and environmental implications of their actions, which motivates them towards behavioral changes and the adoption of environmentally friendly practices. Conclusions: The pilot provides a good example of collaboration between the ICT sector, the smart building and automation vendors, and the public authorities.
Koumoutsos, K., Kretsis, A., Kokkinos, P., Varvarigos, E. A., Nikolopoulos, V., Gkioxi, E., & Zafeiropoulos, A. (2015). Gathering and processing energy consumption data from public educational buildings over IPv6. Energy, Sustainability and Society, 5(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13705-015-0051-y