Schneider Electric partners with SEforALL to reduce energy poverty

30 January 2018 (Last Updated January 30th, 2018 12:00)

Schneider Electric has signed a partnership with non-profit organisation Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) to reduce energy poverty and provide universal energy access. 

Schneider Electric has signed a partnership with non-profit organisation Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) to reduce energy poverty and provide universal energy access.

Aimed at accelerating progress towards the UN’s ‘Sustainable Development Goal 7’ on energy, the four-year partnership was signed at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

Schneider Electric chairman and CEO Jean-Pascal Tricoire said: “We all have a responsibility to make energy access an inalienable human right and reduce the energy divide that continues to undermine quality of life for a massive part of the population.

“As a responsible company, Schneider Electric has a duty to help reach this goal, which will require a collective effort, given its critical importance and the complex challenges involved.”

Schneider Electric will focus on programmes, which comprise ‘Building Efficiency Accelerator’, ‘Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator’, ‘People-Centred Accelerator’, and the upcoming ‘Electrification Accelerator’.

“We all have a responsibility to make energy access an inalienable human right and reduce the energy divide.”

The company has also allocated employees to each programme, backed by SEforALL resources such as its heat maps tool for energy efficiency and renewables.

The tool projects global progress on sustainable energy sourced from 80 indicators.

The UN’s sustainable development agenda has set 17 ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030 to eliminate energy poverty.

SEforAll CEO Rachel Kyte said: “This partnership will support our work in creating an efficient, equal and resilient energy system that can deliver clean, affordable and reliable energy for all.”

With this partnership, Schneider Electric has teamed-up with companies such as Enel, Iberdrola, and Philips Lighting, as well as organisations, including the UN Foundation and the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA).