Education and Actions for Carbon Neutrality

The project was a follow-up to the UK consulate-funded project “Setting up a Low Carbon Diet for Municipal Educational Institution” aimed at reduction of car-bon dioxide emissions at two municipal educational institutions and neighbouring households.

The success of the first project and positive feedback CTC SPb re-ceived at the three project workshops and thereafter gave the project developers the basis to implement further actions that were suitable for further promotion of the carbon-neutral living concept and for addressing the main relevant concerns of school educators  identified. The idea of involving kids into climate change mitigation activities proved to be a successful concept. There were numerous reports from parents that kids actually forced them to save energy or at least to pay attention to the issue. These measures were mainly temporal while they were doing their energy-saving home tasks, but some parents reported they would offer savings on energy bills as pocket money for their kids to keep them busy with the climate change mitigation activities. From the educators’ side, one of the main concerns was the lack of proper learning materials to communicate climate change issues to younger pupils and pre-school children. They indicated that global concepts are usually hard for kids to comprehend. Creative thinking and efforts of wider community of educators was needed to develop learning materials in climate change that would be applicable for pre-school and primary school education. 


  • Based on the outputs of the previously funded Low Carbon Diet project, the training of trainers package has been developed to be used at the workshop at Primorsky district to trigger climate change educational activities at primary schools and pre-school educational institutions.
  • The carbon calculator developed within the Low Carbon Diet project has been improved so that it became Internet-friendly; calculation methods description have been added and the calculator has been advertised via Russian-speaking online social networks; a carbon calculation leaflet has been produced 
  • A manual on carbon-efficient practices for educational institutions has been produced on a CD
  • Some of the carbon-efficient practices have been implemented at a pilot educational institution
  • Together with school teachers of Primorsky district, a series of classroom activities on energy saving and climate change have been developed for elementary school pupils and pre-school children
  • Using energy-saving school network developed by NGO Friends of the Baltics, other Russian and NIS schools have been invited to contribute to the collection of energy sav-ing/carbon reduction classroom activities.
  • Best classroom activities have been selected and the collection distributed to other schools and kindergartens of St Petersburg
  • The work has been disseminated at a workshop for other munici-pal educational institutions organized at a city level

Energy and Climate Change


Eduard Podgaiskii
Project coordinator at CTC SPb
Tel./fax: +7 812 334 8835




The project has been supported by the UK Consulate-General.