GERES - Groupe Energies Renouvelables Environnement et Solidarites
Set up in 1976, Geres is an international development NGO which works to improve the living conditions of the poorest and tackle climate change and its impacts. As a grassroots actor, the energy transition is a major lever in all its actions. In order to drive societal change, Geres promotes the development and dissemination of innovative and local solutions, supports climate-energy policies and actions and encourages everyone to commit to Climate Solidarity by taking action and supporting vulnerable populations.
Adoption / Behavior Change, Capacity Building, Carbon Finance, Climate/Environment, Finance / Investment, Gender / Womens Empowerment, Health, Heating, Humanitarian/Emergency Response, Institutional Cooking, Lab or Field Testing, Livelihoods, Marketing, Microfinance, Monitoring and Evaluation, Policy Development, Standards, Technology and Fuel R&D
Other Organizational Expertise
Geres focuses its strategy on five areas of expertise which, taken together, can speed up the energy transition. CONTROLLING ENERGY DEMAND: Support stakeholders to adopt energy-sparing and energy-efficient social, technical and economic solutions suited to the different contexts, using technical levers (improving equipment and the built environment) and social and anthropological levers (changing perceptions and practices). ROLLOUT OF RENEWABLE ENERGY: Supply zero-carbon energy, available locally and on a long-term basis, at controlled, predictable and affordable cost. Apart from installing energy production equipment based on renewable resources, Geres contributes to the development of sustainable fuel supply chains and supports technical and social innovation around renewable energy. ENERGY ACCESS: Promote access to reliable, sustainable energy services for private individuals, companies and institutions. This area of expertise combines the technical levers of controlling demand and renewable energy with social and economic levers designed to ensure their inclusive dimension. SUPPORTING CLIMATE-ENERGY POLICIES AND ACTIONS: Support, guide and influence local and national territorial policies to combat climate change and reduce poverty as a contribution to the emergence of low-carbon, resilient societies. MOBILIZATION: Encourage everyone to commit to genuine societal change in the direction of greater Climate Solidarity. Act to reduce one’s carbon footprint and support vulnerable populations on their path to sustainable development and adaptation to climate change.
Technologies & Fuels
Biogas, Biomass (Ag. Residue, Processed Biomass, etc.), Charcoal, Crop residues, Electricity, Ethanol / Alcohol, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Natural Gas / Methane, Pellets / Briquettes, Solar, Wood
Clean Cooking Activities
Geres operates at different levels, including territorial and local authorities, industrial VSEs and SMEs which consume energy or producers, suppliers and installers of innovative efficient technologies, as well as household energy consumers, especially the most vulnerable. For the latter, the aim is to reduce their energy poverty and their climate impact and vulnerability, while improving their living conditions.
Geres activities contribute to improvements in cooking (improved ovens and stoves) and heating appliances. To optimize the implementation of the technical solutions proposed, Geres carries out multi-stakeholder awareness campaigns aimed at changing practices and behaviour in the interests of modest, responsible energy consumption.
The quality that we are looking for in our interventions is made possible by 5 cross-cutting approaches. The territorial and partnership approaches are a guarantee of the ownership of the actions by all stakeholders. The economic approach allows the development of value chains. It aims at creating local jobs and often is a pre-condition to the sustainability of our actions. The capacity building approach consists in initiating change-inducing dynamics, developing resilience strategies and opening up new possibilities so that every one can become an active agent of sustainable development. Lastly, the inclusive approach aims at fostering the participation and commitment of all to a fair and ambitious energy transition and ensuring access to essential energy services, including for the most vulnerable.
Regions Operating In
East Asia and Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Country Based In
2 cous Foch
Primary Point of Contact
Name: Mr. Julien Jacquot
Title: Geres Expertise Director
Secondary Point of Contact
Name: Ms. Marina Dubois
Title: Inclusion and Energy Program manager
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