Katowice 2018 2018-11-28T23:11:17+00:00

On December 10th we talk about Social Innovation to Tackle Fuel Poverty in the Central and Eastern Europe!

According to the EU Energy Poverty Observatory more than 50 million households in the European Union are struggling to attain adequate warmth, pay their utility bills on time and live in homes free of damp and mould. In the CEE region alone, the percentage of people unable to keep home adequately warm in 2016 ranged from 4,7% in Czech Republic to 41,3% in Bulgaria. On top of that, in 2017 the percentage of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the region was well above 20% in most of the countries, with higher figures in Romania (36%) and Bulgaria (39%).

In this context there is a bigger need of innovations in the field of fuel poverty and energy sustainability and change leaders are a key component of this ecosystem. As this year the Tackle Fuel Poverty Competition will pivot towards CEE region, we would like to invite you to join our conversation with leaders in the field from Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria around the challenges we face in our region.

As all leaders and policy makers in the field of climate change are gathered in Katowice for COP24, it’s the perfect stage conversations about fuel poverty and energy sustainability as well. We will host a one-day event, co-created by Ashoka and the Schneider Electric Foundation, that aims to bring together experts, leaders, scholars and innovators working in the aforementioned fields to share their local challenges, their ideas and get inspired from proven solutions. You will have the opportunity to engage with previous winners and participants of the Tackle Fuel Poverty Competition, a program that has already build and fostered a community of innovators in UK, France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany and Greece.

Get inspired and help us shape the future of innovation in the fields of fuel poverty and energy sustainability in the CEE region!


11:30 – 12.00 Arrival at the venue

We will be welcoming you at City of Gardens, Korez Theatre (plac Sejmu Śląskiego 2)

12:00 – 12:20 Welcome speech: “can we tackle fuel poverty?”

An introductory speech from Schneider Electric Foundation and Ashoka representatives.

12:20 – 14:00 Get inspired from proven solutions – meet the innovators

4 winners and finalists of the Tackle Fuel Poverty Competition will showcase their solutions, present their achievements, impact and plans for the future. Split up in 4 groups, we will then get in depth information about how their projects work and have a conversation about other similar solutions that might already or will be implemented in the region.

14:00 – 15:00 Lunch

15:00 – 18:00 “5R Framework” strategic mapping session – defining the challenges and criteria

A session facilitated by Ashoka, based on the “5R” system change framework, during which we will get to better understand the local contexts of the countries and share own experiences. Based on that we will together draft the final categories and criteria of the 2019 competition.

18:00 – 18:30 Break and welcoming people for the evening event

18:30 – 19:00 Innovation through Tackle Fuel Poverty Competition – impact

What have we done so far – impact and systems change vision in the CEE region – a presentation by Schneider Electric Foundation and Ashoka.

19:00 – 19:30 Panel conversation. Social innovation to tackle fuel poverty – “nice-to-have” or a system change potential?

Previous winners, Schneider Electric Foundation and Ashoka representatives will get into a discussion with the participants about how building the network of innovators in the field, creating alliances and scaling the impact of social innovation can change the fuel poverty reality. We will also talk about challenges, backlashes and failures.

19:30 – 20:30 Wine and shine

Space for networking and in person conversation with Schneider Electric Foundation representatives, Ashoka staff and social innovators in the field.

If you decide to join us, please confirm your attendance to Ovidiu Condurache at ohcondurache@ashoka.org.