Peter's School, en la senda de la descarbonización

As a school, we have the opportunity to contribute to the necessary decarbonization of the atmosphere in two ways. On the one hand, by reducing the carbon footprint generated by our community in our facilities, and on the other hand, by preparing our students to manage this challenge in the coming years.

We have installed solar panels in our facilities to provide us with solar energy for our own consumption. This is an important step forward on our way to becoming a green school and aiming to be a CO2 neutral facility. 

For those knowledgeable about the subject, here are some figures that highlight the impact of this installation: 750 square metres of installed surface area with a maximum power of 145 kWp, which will provide approximately 62% of our necessary consumption. The ROI of the investment is 6.5 years. For this project, we have collaborated with the specialized engineering firm Solvat Renovables. If you would like to find out more about the technical details, both ourselves and  Solvat’s engineers will be happy to respond to any inquiries.

Looking beyond the figures, the objective of this investment is to enable consistency with our educational project which, as you know, emphasizes sustainability,  protecting the environment, and in particular the fight against climate change.  

Even more important is our pedagogical approach to the problem. It is a fact that the world’s energy needs will continue to grow, and therefore policies and opinions advocating a reduction in energy use are unrealistic. Therefore, it is essential to confront this problem with the objective of achieving emissions neutrality. How will this be achieved? Following our model, the path comprises of three steps:

  1. Basado en datos, hechos e investigaciones probadas que acumulan conocimientos fácticos y científicos sobre el problema.
  2. El uso de la ciencia y la tecnología para investigar y desarrollar soluciones compatibles con el bienestar y el progreso.
  3. Acción y cambio, aplicando una serie de soluciones necesarias (tecnológicas, políticas, sociales)

All of this is an important part of the content we teach at San Pedro. Whatever the opinions any individual may have about this issue, without question this will be an important aspect that will condition the decisions students will have to take and provide them with employment and development opportunities.

Por último, me gustaría recomendar tres interesantes libros sobre el cambio climático, que coinciden con la visión que San Pedro y que son utilizados por nuestro personal docente.

1- Hawken, P. (2017). Drawdown: the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming. Nueva York, Nueva York: Penguin Books. Una serie de soluciones sociales, científicas y políticas, que van desde la producción de energía hasta la educación de las niñas. Cada una de ellas con detalles de su impacto y coste.

2- Shellenberger, M. (2020). Apocalipsis nunca: por qué el alarmismo medioambiental nos perjudica a todos. Primera edición. Nueva York, NY: Harper, un sello de HarperCollinsPublishers. Otra forma de conocer el problema del cambio climático, de la mano de un reconocido activista que aboga por un ecologismo racional e ilustrado.

3- Gates, B. (2021). Cómo evitar un desastre climático: las soluciones que tenemos y los avances que necesitamos. Primera edición en letra grande. Nueva York: Random House Large Print. Haciendo gala de su formación como ingeniero, Gates comienza definiendo el reto a resolver: la humanidad libera 51.000 millones de toneladas de CO2 a la atmósfera cada año, y para evitar los efectos del cambio climático debemos reducir esta cantidad a cero. Un plan que él mismo define como tecnófilo y optimista.


Por Jordi Ginjaume, Escuela de San Pedro Director General