Sustainable energy for all
As part of its industrial activities, ENGIE wishes to promote sustainable energy for all and combat energy privation. Based on experiments conducted over several years, the Group has developed innovative models to support projects aimed at providing energy to vulnerable populations.
Energy services have a major impact on health, education, climate change, food safety and water supply. Consequently, lack of access to clean, affordable, reliable energy thwarts human, social and economic development and is a major obstacle to the achievement of the UN's Millennium Development Goals.
Access to energy is at the heart of the fight to eradicate poverty and promote socio-economic development in developing as well as developed countries. Across the world, 1.2 billion people do not have access to electricity, and 2.7 billion use traditional biomass energy. In Europe, some 75 to 150 million people live in situations of fuel poverty, i.e. over one quarter of the population. In France, 3.8 million households, i.e. 8 million people, live in situations of fuel poverty. To address this issue, the General Assembly of the United Nations launched the international decade on sustainable energy for all (2014-2024), in order to raise the awareness of major global players on the issue of fuel poverty and demonstrate that access to clean energy and affordable energy services improve the daily lives of populations across the world.
ENGIE initiatives to promote energy access
throughout the world in figures
- 75 to 150 million people in Europe
live in fuel poverty
- 3.8 million households, i.e., 8 million people
in France live in fuel poverty
- 2.7 billion people
use conventional biomass
- 1.2 billion people
have no electricity