Today, the Naturgy Foundation announced the winners of the first edition of the Prize for Best Social Energy Initiative which aims to raise the profile of people, organisations and institutions that stand out in the social sector for their energy-related projects.
The two entities have collaborated for the past three years to develop joint programmes to combat energy vulnerability, a problem that has been worsened this year by the social and economic consequences of the pandemic.
Rehabilitations have been carried out in 350 homes and 4,500 informational workshops have been held, in addition to the advice on energy-related matter provided by volunteers from both organisations.
This year, Naturgy donated over 2 million euros to the Red Cross for the purchase of medical supplies to fight the pandemic.
The energy company’s foundation has carried out over 600 rehabilitations that have benefited 15,000 people, and the Energy School has offered training on energy efficiency to vulnerable households that are receiving help from Cáritas.
A unique initiative will be developed in Ávila as part of this new agreement, bringing together renewable power generation and the improvement of vulnerable people’s employability
A study claims that renewal plans are needed for existing cogeneration plants, which prevent around four million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
These plants are key to maintaining energy efficiency in processes and represent a major factor in company competitiveness.
Over 80% of the energy produced by these facilities is transformed through natural gas, the use of which leads to a significant emissions reduction.
The chairman of Naturgy, Francisco Reynés, met with 300 of the company's volunteers online to recognise the involvement and dedication of the group of employees across the world during the Covid-19 public health crisis.
In the last year, close to 1,100 company volunteers dedicated 6,600 working hours across seven countries to their tasks with people in a situation of energy vulnerability and conferences on the environmental recovery of natural spaces, among other actions.
The working group consists of 14 entities, including energy companies, technical organisations and a social organisation, which operate in 11 countries.
The aim of the project is to propose tools to support decision making in identifying vulnerable customers and implementing energy efficiency measures in homes.