V4 Green Universities

V4 Green Universities

V4GU aims at contributing to the support of today’s largest challenge, the fight against climate change. The special report of IPCC on global warning was announced in Incheon, on 8 Oct 2018. It states that limiting global warning to 1.5 °C would require rapid, far-reaching changes in all aspects of society. The report relies on more than 6,000 scientific references cited and the contribution of thousands of experts and government reviewers worldwide. One of the key messages that comes very strongly from this report is that global net human-caused emissions of CO2 need to fall by 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching ’net zero’ for 2050. The report highlights the role of ’Education, information and community approaches’ in this mission.

The aim of PTE is to share information about climate change - causes, effects, actions - in an understandable way with as many people as possible, primarily with its twenty thousand students and more than seven thousand employees.

PTE reached to the top 100th place in 2019 in the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking competition, which ranks 780 green universities in the world. The University has selected its partners for the V4GU project from among the most successful green universities in the Danube Region of the network, guaranteeing that all participants will be able to share valuable experiences in environmentally conscious lifestyle and facility operation.

Our activies:
1.    V4 Green University Conference in Pécs.The aim of the event is to introduce the climate protection program of the institutions, to introduce the toolset of the involved universities for mobilizing students, lecturers and employees, and to evaluate their success. We would also like to encourage other universities of the V4 countries to the cooperation.
2.    Organising local (national) workshops in the five participating countries to discuss the possibilites of joint green university programmes and identify cooperation possibilites.
3.    Video campaigns for students: Students’, our direct target group’s attention can be grabbed only by tailor-made, exciting tools such as online videos with infographics and cartoons. TED videos will serve as a basis for this work. Our aim is to explain the students how their everyday habits influence the climate and how their behaviour could be transformed to an eco-conscious attitude.
4.    Organising social competitions: People always compare their behaviour to others and they want to be the best, that’s why social competitions work. The competition rewards the most successful participants with prizes.

Driven by Danube - Enhance skills and competences to boost material innovations and eco innovations in automotive industry

Enhance skills and competences to boost material innovations and eco innovations in automotive industry

Automotive industry became the most important economic engine of many DR countries, whose problem is that however they are a manufacturing power, they experience hardship to move towards R&D and environmentally responsible industry. The aim of the main project was to close the knowledge gap caused by shortage of highly skilled and competent professionals in new materials R&D and reuse of hardly recyclable material within the automotive industry and beyond by implement elements of dual education and joint research centers.
The result of the project is improved education curricula and research policies particularly focus on implementation of dual education, and increased competences in research management and cooperation of companies, academia, policy makers in autoindustry.
The project supports the aim of PA7 Higher education institutions (HEIs), industry and government (public) institutions stimulating the automotive industry in the Danube region by increasing the competences and skills of human resources in higher education. Driven by Danube also strived to find synergies with other projects in PA7, PA8, PA9 and focus on human resources dimension and aim to close the knowledge gap in automotive industry. Project also partially contributes to PA2 by focusing on research of material technologies to make the vehicles less energy demanding and so limiting the carbon footprint.

EVcc - Electric vehicle competence and experience centre

Electric vehicle competence and experience centre

The overall objective of the project was to increase the capacity of Koprivnica and Pecs communities to develop and conduct electromobility measures in order to ease their implementation. This process was supported by Regional Energy Agency North that possess the necessary technical capacities in order to conduct such activities. The specific objectives were the following:
1.) Increase the capacity of the expert personnel of beneficiaries, the technical experts, spatial planers and other experts. Two employees from each partner took part in the learning process.
2.) Increase the awareness of sustainable mobility options- particularly electromobility - among the woder public in order to speed up the introduction process.
3.) Develop a joint document on electromobility, which is available for any other interested stakeholders as well.
4.) Set up of informal competence and experience centres to spread the acquired knowledge. In total two EV competence and experience centres will be developed, one in each country. The EV competence and experience centres will be responsible for the organisation of info days and workshops for experts.
5.) Purchase of two electric vehicles and  charging stations. The vehicles and the infrastructure was used for demonstration activities at 12 info days (6 in Hungary and 6 in Croatia).
6.) Set up a joint team of experts that  consists of the representatives of each partner. One joint expert team was established, in total 8 experts, 2 from each organisation.

This project has been implemented with the financial assistance of the European Union within the Hungary-Croatia Interreg V-A Co-operation Programme.