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The Environmental Competence Towards Labour Market and VET Systems project – ECOLAV, adopted in July 2007, entered the 2012 competition for Leonardo Da Vinci Partnership activity within the Lifelong Learning Programme. The project included five partners, with CARNET as one of them. The partners came from the Great Britain, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, and the project coordinator was Anniesland College of Further and Higher Education from the Great Britain.

The ECOLAV project aimed to identify a method of integration of environmental competences into vocational education and training in Europe, as well as develop a relevant framework for environmental competences specific for partner organisations’ countries, taking into consideration the needs of the labour market and vocational education and training on national and European levels.

The project partners, which include organisations for vocational education and training and other educational organisations, set up a number of local focus groups for interested parties from the fields of vocational education and training and the labour market. There were also plans to hold a series of international meetings and workshops. The goals of these activities were the following:

  • to identify the labour market needs for environmental competences,
  • to define common educational contents for development of specific environmental competences and
  • to integrate those competences into vocational education and training.


CARNET was especially interested in inclusion of topics concerning relationship between technology and ecology. With regard to the omnipresence of technology in educational system and everyday life, it is important to devote attention to the influence of man on the environment through the use of technology and to promote sustainable use of technology. Specific topics include green electronics, e-waste and recycling of computer equipment.