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Sydney – 12th November 2018 -- Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced the launch of its Pacific Foundation, and four partnerships to innovatively address the basic human right of accessing energy.
The initial recipients of the Foundation’s support are: sustainable environment educator, Live & Learn; national anti-poverty organisation, the Brotherhood of St Laurence; volunteer groups, Engineers without Borders Australia and New Zealand; and independent conservation group World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
The partners will share in more than $550,000 of funding over two years, as well as hands-on specialist support from Schneider Electric employees in Australia and New Zealand, ranging from electrical and building expertise, to pro-bono work in sales and management. This practical support is made possible through the 21 hours of paid volunteer leave Schneider Electric offers its employees each year.
Gareth O’Reilly, Pacific Zone President, Schneider Electric, said: “The Schneider Electric Foundation is a global initiative that aims to give everyone access to safe and reliable energy, combat energy fuel poverty, and build a sustainable future for our planet. Over the last few years the global Foundation has done amazing work like backing the development of short- and long-term vocational training for disadvantaged youths in Cameroon and an entrepreneurship program for women in Bahia, one of the poorest states in Brazil.”
“The launch of the program in the Pacific is focused on improving the wellbeing of our local communities in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Our Foundation’s partners were selected because they have shown in their experiences that they listen to people and empower them to grow in a way that suits their local culture and needs.”
Eleanor Loudon, CEO, Engineers without Borders Australia, said: “Engineers without Borders has been focused on clean energy, and we believe the Schneider Electric Foundation is the perfect partner to leverage its wealth of expertise in energy, and help us think from a technical perspective, what it means to foster clean energy development in indigenous communities across the Pacific.”
Damian Sullivan, Senior Research Manager, Brotherhood of St Laurence, said: “Working in partnership, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Schneider Electric Foundation will be able to help lift low-income and vulnerable households out of energy poverty. We’ll be looking to develop opportunities to reduce these households’ energy bills through renewable energy and energy efficiency upgrades.”
Christian Nielsen, Executive Director, Live & Learn International, said: “We’re grateful to be working with the Schneider Electric Foundation. It’s a critical partnership for us that brings together Schneider Electric’s technical skills across innovation and technology. We are scoping a project in New Ireland to see how we can bring solar power and business opportunities to communities that don’t have easy or affordable access to energy.”
Reece Proudfoot, Innovation Strategist, WWF, said: “When it comes to climate change, the role of business is critical. WWF wants to work with businesses to develop sustainable solutions, particularly in clean energy and sustainable supply chains. We look forward to work with everyone from the Schneider Electric Foundation to help maintain a sustainable future.”
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