The 15 winners of the 2017-2018 “Social Innovation to Tackle Fuel Poverty”

In mid-June 2017, the Schneider Electric Foundation, under the aegis of the Fondation de France, and Ashoka, launched a new Call for Projects, in partnership with Enel, to select the 15 most innovative organisations that offer creative and systems-changing solutions to tackle fuel poverty and promote energy sustainability in Europe. Fuel poverty is a major issue in Europe, whereby tens of millions of people struggle every day to ensure adequate heating, light, and cooking power in their dwelling at an affordable price. This severely affects their health and wellbeing and ultimately has a negative impact on society.

After a successful Call for Projects, which has received interest from over 40 social innovators, they announced the 15 winners of the 2017-2018 “Social Innovation to Tackle Fuel Poverty” programme during the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change on 13th November 2017 in Bonn, Germany. The 15 winners represent a diverse cohort of social innovators from Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain, all committed to tackling fuel poverty and promoting energy sustainability in their countries and in Europe.

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