The Rexel Foundation takes action against fuel poverty
09 October 2017
On May 10, 2017, the Rexel Foundation for a better energy future brought together its partner ecosystem for its Innovation Day dedicated to fighting fuel poverty.
Today, 12 million people are affected by fuel poverty in France. They are unable to adequately heat their homes, or use too much of their budget to do so. The aim of the event was to bring together the Rexel Foundation’s ecosystem, including partners, experts, employees and social entrepreneurs fighting fuel poverty, in order to reflect on innovative solutions to this problem together.
The Innovation Day was held at Grand Voisins, a venue dedicated to collaboration and innovation. This former hospital site was transformed into a self-sufficient village, where initiators of community, artistic, entrepreneurial and non-profit projects coexist alongside emergency shelters.
The 60 participants were organized into 6 work groups focusing on three areas:
- creating a solution to allow people living in social housing to overcome fuel poverty
- creating a solution to allow struggling collective housing to be renovated
- creating a solution to fight fuel poverty in individual housing
At the end of the day, each group presented its solutions. After a vote, the Rexel Foundation made a commitment to provide the resources necessary to materialize participants’ shared desire to efficiently and innovatively fight fuel poverty.
The participants’ motivation and engagement were the key ingredients in the success of this event.