REC co-hosts third EC2 e-learning training course

March 26, 2013

Presentations focus on urban sustainability and green economy

The REC Conference Center served as one of the venues for the third EC2 e-learning training course, which took place on March 21-22. The course focused on Chinese and European practices related to urban sustainability and green economy.

Students attending various universities in Hungary heard live presentations from a wide range of speakers, and also heard from speakers from China whose presentations were pre-recorded earlier in the day. The Szentendre presentations reached an incredibly wide audience, as they were broadcast to more than 2,000 participants throughout 20 cities in China, including a number of governmental and municipal officials.

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NEAR AND FAR: E-learning allows partipants to share from a distance. Photo: Nathan Johnson

While there are clear logistical benefits to be gained from the expanded possibilities of e-learning capacity, a fairly simple calculation also demonstrates the environmental benefits of this type of learning platform, especially for the engagement of participants separated by a significant geographical distance.

The calculation factors involved for this particular training course are: 113 gm/km of CO2 emissions for a long-distance flight, over a distance of 7,791 km between Budapest and Beijing (round-trip equals times two), and 2,000 participants: i.e. 0.113 x 2 x 7,791 x 2,000 = 3,521 tonnes of savings on CO2 emissions!

Please visit ec2.org.cn to learn more about EC2 and the e-learning training course. EC2 is a project co-funded by the European Commission and the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea.