Context of this area

Europe’s neighbouring countries are experiencing significant societal transitions – and crises too. The very high energy dependency of the majority of these countries plays a large part in the economic weakness of this area and the living conditions of its population. For its part, Europe is still very reluctant to turn its back on an obsolete, moribund economic and energy model and undertake a genuine energy transition. This is why GERES is striving to assist all stakeholders in entering into a new and more sustainable era for everyone.

GERES in Europe and around the Mediterranean

  • In France, we have just witnessed the end of the debate on the energy transition, to which GERES contributed actively. Today, we continue to work with the most vulnerable people experiencing energy poverty, as well as on recreating social links around local composting.
  • Georgia and Ukraine, as former Soviet Union countries, still bear the stigmata of a non-viable energy system. To improve matters, GERES is working to adapt and strengthen the skills of the various professional sectors in these territories.
  • GERES is supporting institutions, professionals and consumers in Morocco to reduce the country’s energy dependency and make best use of local resources. Activities have also been conducted in Egypt to help people make more rational use of energy with the aid of efficient appliances.

Some key figures

  • More than 22,300 citizens exposed to the practice of composting in France since 2008
  • 61,000 people in France assisted in the reduction of their energy bill since 2003
  • 400 poor households suffering from energy poverty supported in Marseilles
  • 40 Moroccan villages equipped improved bread ovens
  • 40 hamams targeted to improve their energy efficiency

Pays d'intervention

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