Promoting access to energy by means of an impact-investment approach

Access to clean energy is a global challenge and one of the United Nations Organization’s 2030 Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 7). According to the UN, “around 1 billion people – one in five globally – still lack access to modern electricity.” Given this, the Rassembleurs d’Energies is a social-impact investment fund of ENGIE that promotes access to energy to improve living standards and generate sustainable economic growth. The Fund contributes to reducing the energy scarcity of underprivileged populations, enabling access to renewable energy solutions. ENGIE Rassembleurs d‘Energies fosters social enterprise, investing in companies that have this profile to increase efficient energy availability on sustainable economic foundations and social and environmental benefits. Through its activities in projects in several countries around the world, the Rassembleurs d‘Energies has a diverse portfolio of investments in four continents, with different energy access project technologies – such as biogas, biomass, solar panels, micro- and mini-grids, and energy efficiency. ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies is an open initiative that collects the knowledge and solutions from ENGIE’s worldwide activities and contributions from multiple partners. The initiative has been creating new approaches to improve the living conditions of millions of people. For additional information, click here to access the Rassembleurs d‘Energies Webpage.

Rassembleurs d'Energies investment criteria

Relevance of the solution: quality of the product or service, access to clean-energy solutions, financial model reproducibility, quality of the organizational and administrative structure, market conditions, economic sustainability.

Social performance: number of beneficiaries, local jobs creation, reduced health hazards, improved education, access to modern information and communication technology, improved community self-sufficiency.

Local-mission entrepreneur: focus on social enterprise, compliance with international ethics standards and principles.

Environmental performance: reduced CO2 emissions, fighting deforestation, fossil fuels substitution, presence of a recycling structure, protection of biodiversity, improved domestic energy performance.

Financial value and maturity of the project: involvement in every maturity stage of the company (launch, startup, development and growth) and financial viability.

Synergies with ENGIE: involvement of ENGIE Business Units and local entities, experimentation with new business models.

How Rassembleurs d'Energies makes solidary investments

  • Equity Stake (equity or quasi-equity);
  • Hybrid financing (subsidies, capital);
  • Amounts invested: from € 100,000 to € 1 million, averaging € 300,000;
  • Average investment period: 5-7 years;
  • Minority stake (<40%);
  • Representation in bodies of governance;
  • Mobilization of ENGIE competencies to analyze investment projects, track and support entrepreneurs during the investment period;
  • Project feasibility analysis by the Committee four times per year and evaluation by ENGIE’s corporate governance bodies.