The Elia Fund: Supporting 13 buffers against energy poverty
Almost 20% of Belgians see energy bills take too big a bite out of their family budget. The Elia Fund gives €120,000 to 13 projects in Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia to combat energy poverty and try out innovative solutions.
Over the past 13 years, the Elia Fund has supported over 300 projects that give people with reduced mobility the opportunity to take part in leisure activities. For the 2016 call for projects, Elia has decided to forge more of a bond between its eponymous Fund and its task as a system operator, namely to ensure that everyone has transparent access to the Belgian electricity grid.
Tackling energy poverty
The call for projects focused on those combatting energy poverty in Belgium. The results from the Platform Against Energy Poverty's Energy Poverty Barometer are alarming: every month, almost 20% of Belgians see an exorbitant amount of their income go to paying their energy bills. 550,000 Belgians cannot afford to properly heat their homes.
Support is given to organisations with innovative projects that have a lasting environmental and social impact and that primarily help the disadvantaged – the first to feel the pinch of energy poverty – to reduce their energy consumption.
Disadvantaged people or other vulnerable target groups know little, if anything, about how they can be more energy efficient. The 13 projects chosen all provide information and raise awareness with a view to bringing about a change in behaviour. Information is not just dished out; the target groups are actively involved and actively learn how to save energy.
With the Elia Fund, the company wants to promote values such as openness, transparency and objectivity. It demonstrates Elia’s role in serving the entire community. The King Baudouin Foundation manages the Elia Fund and a panel of independent experts selects the projects that will receive support.
Click on the links below to find out more about the projects supported by the Elia Fund: