Rueil-Malmaison (France), June 15, 2017 – After a successful partnership in 2015-2016, the Schneider Electric Foundation, under the aegis of the Foundation de France, and Ashoka, have renewed their commitment to helping improve the living conditions of millions of people facing fuel poverty in Europe.
In addition to offering ongoing support to the 2015-2016 selected innovators, the 2017-2018 “Social Innovation to Tackle Fuel Poverty” wants to grow the community of social entrepreneurs tackling fuel poverty by working in five European countries: Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. The 2017-2018 edition is realized in partnership with Enel.
A new Call for Projects opened on 12th June 2017 and will close on Sunday, 1st October 2017 at midnight GMT with the aim to select the 15-20 most innovative organizations that offer creative and systems-changing solutions to tackle fuel poverty and promote energy sustainability in the five countries. The winners will be announced during the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change in November 2017 in Bonn, Germany. They will then receive twelve weeks of personalized and specialized support, for a total of around 300 hours of dedicated mentoring sessions, with the goal of crafting an effective strategy to scale up. A final two-day European summit will give them the opportunity to present their strategy for scaling up.
Fuel poverty has become a major problem in Europe. There are between 50 and 125 million people who struggle every day to ensure adequate heating, light, and cooking power in their dwelling at an affordable price (European Parliamentary Research Service). This has a severe impact on their health and wellbeing. Creative and systems-changing solutions are needed to transform this issue in an opportunity for these people to thrive. It is by offering support to the most innovative social entrepreneurs in Europe that we can help entire communities tackle fuel poverty and move towards energy sustainability
More information about the program and application process, as well as the application form, can be found here: http://www.tacklefuelpoverty.com