Worldwide, 1.3 billion people have no access to energy. But is access to energy for all a reasonable aspiration at a time when ecological balance and biodiversity are under threat like never before?

For the ENGIE Foundation, the answer is not in doubt: yes, energy is a right for all! For no energy means no access to drinking water, no schools, no hospitals and little or no economic activity.

That said, universal access to energy has to be achieved in an environmentally-conscious way. To preserve the environment, it is essential to favour clean sources of energy… and to make citizens aware of environmental issues. This is exactly what the ENGIE Foundation aims to achieve through its commitment to access to energy for all and biodiversity.

The energy transition

The energy transition

Women's energy

Women's energy

Development assistance

Development assistance

Fighting global warming

Fighting global warming

Innovation

Innovation

Long-standing partners and flagship projects

The ENGIE Foundation works in close collaboration with NGOs, institutions and associations involved in promoting access to energy for all and biodiversity.

Since 2010, it has been present in Bangladesh, where it helps the NGO Friendship to install solar panels in the villages of the Brahmaputra. In Chile, it partners with the NGO Positive Planet to provide access to electricity in the slums of Santiago. With La Voix De l’Enfant, the ENGIE Foundation launched the flagship Schools, Lights and Rights project, which assists children in nine countries, including six in Africa.

On the environmental front, the ENGIE Foundation has been a partner to the French National Museum of Natural History for over a decade. Among other things, this has seen it sign an exclusive sponsorship contract with the Musée de l’Homme in 2015 for the Balcon des Sciences (a research centre on the relationship between humans and nature) and launch a call for projects for researchers on the subject of the resilience of societies to climate change.

« Universal access to sustainable energy by 2030 is a key social objective, and we firmly believe that it can be achieved. The energy transition taking shape globally offers tremendous opportunities to meet this challenge. »

Gérard Mestrallet, Chairman of the Board of Directors of ENGIE
Gerard Mestrallet

« Universal access to sustainable energy by 2030 is a key social objective, and we firmly believe that it can be achieved. The energy transition taking shape globally offers tremendous opportunities to meet this challenge. »

Access to energy for all, a springboard for deprived communities

Autonomous off-grid technologies not connected to centralised networks bring light to deprived rural villages. Photovoltaic panels are fitted to the roofs of shanty towns. Portable solar lamps allow children to continue their homework after dark. These are all examples of innovative initiatives supported by the ENGIE Foundation, in partnership with NGOs, charities or local businesses.

Biodiversity awareness key to sustainable growth

While access to energy for all is essential for development, such development can only be sustainable if it respects our environment. With this in mind, the ENGIE Foundation is committed to projects aimed at creating harmony between people and nature and making us all more aware about issues of biodiversity conservation and global warming.

The projects are varied and ambitious, ranging from an ecological farm in Morocco, permaculture on the outskirts of Paris through to raising awareness among migrants in Thailand about sustainable energies and environmental protection.

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