Project and values
In the face of these challenges, GERES sees its mission as helping to preserve the environment, limit climate change and its consequences, reduce fuel poverty and improve living conditions.
Focusing on fieldwork, GERES activities are tailored to the different socio-cultural contexts in both North and South, taking a professional approach to solidarity. It always works in partnership with local communities and stakeholders.
Our approach, open to co-operation with businesses and the public authorities, aims to give beneficiaries a stake in the development of their own areas, through sharing experience and the transfer and ownership of technology.
Articles of Association
Set up in 1976, GERES is a not-for-profit association, governed by the French law of 1 July 1901 and registered at the Préfecture of Bouches-du-Rhône.
Identification code: W133000646 (formerly 0133009443)
The association seeks to help preserve the environment, limit climate change and its consequences, reduce fuel poverty and improve living conditions. To this end, it deploys development engineering and specific technical expertise, offering specialist advice on the themes of energy efficiency, energy management, clean, renewable energies, energy services and environmental management, particularly in the waste sector.
Its various fields of activity primarily comprise housing, public and private services, domestic energy uses, agriculture, collective facilities, energy supply chains and a number of industrial and craft applications. The association also undertakes any other activities falling within its scope as described above.
As its purpose entails activities undertaken in co-ordination with partners in the relevant sectors and specialists from different disciplines, the association acts as the contact point for the various partners, at local and regional as well as national or global level.
It works in partnership with local stakeholders and communities, with co-operation based on pooling know-how. The association pursues its purpose either at the initiative of other bodies (government, local authorities, associations, institutions or businesses) which seek its help or, insofar as it considers this appropriate, at its own initiative, suggesting certain co-ordinated activities to its partners.
Our values, our vision
GERES is built on the following principles:
- The development of human societies is indissociable from respect for their environment;
- This development is indissociable from the social integration of individuals, their access to energy and their financial autonomy and participation in the future of their communities;
- Whatever their lifestyles, human societies are interdependent as regards natural resources and their environmental impacts;
- Climate change will have a profound impact on how societies live, especially their most vulnerable members;
- Communities and public and private stakeholders must get together to tackle these challenges and invent and build tomorrow's solutions.
A world of solidarity and justice where the principles of sustainable development are reflected in a preserved, healthy, diverse environment, and where everyone can be respected and play an active role in their own future.
Help to preserve the environment, limit climate change and its consequences, reduce fuel poverty and improve living conditions. GERES offers energy solutions as both a vector of economic and social development and an alternative to existing systems harmful to the environment.
THE CHARTER OF VALUES
GERES has based its development on essential values, principles and rules of conduct adopted by its Board of Directors, management and teams. They represent the foundation for the trusting relationship between the organization, its partners and donors and the final beneficiaries.
GERES Charter formally sets out all the common benchmarks to which reference can be made under all circumstances.
It presents our vision, along with the organization’s main ethical and operational principles.
Taken together with each person’s sense of responsibility, these represent useful reference points for all members of the organization and all its partners. The principles forge GERES image and positioning over time, enabling it to pursue its goals independently without ever losing sight of its values.
Our expertise, our approach
Energy specialists, agronomists, economists, architects … GERES teams cover over 30 fields of expertise.
The teams operate at several levels:
- Assisting or running projects: GERES implements development activities in the field;
- Engineering or expertise assignments: assessment, technical and economic studies, working out development strategies;
- Technical and institutional support for individuals, associations, businesses, local authorities, government services, etc.
- Capacity-building: training, advice, professionalization;
- Applied research in the field of development: innovation to implement appropriate technical and organizational solutions;
- Capitalization and dissemination of knowledge on a wide scale.
GERES implements its programmes with a long-term perspective and aims at large-scale economic, social and environmental impacts.
> To do this, our modus operandi usually consists of 5 key phases:
The story so far
To find out the real history of GERES, you have to go back to the time of French rule in Algeria...
1960 – 1976: From gestation to birth
1960 : To find out the real history of GERES, you have to go back to the time of French rule in Algeria. Two researchers at the laboratory of Algiers University, Georges PERI and Paulin GALLET, were looking into the potential of heliothermal power (producing heat from solar energy) under the supervision of Professor PERROT, one of the pioneers of solar technology in the Mediterranean basin.
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