Alliance of Gashogar and Fundación Luz Solidaria against energy poverty
Thanks to this collaboration, Gashogar and Fundación Luz Solidaria will develop a Social Responsibility Program to help Aragonese families at risk of social exclusion.
Fundación Luz Solidaria has promoted a specific program to fight against energy poverty, helping the most vulnerable groups through different actions: personalized advice, defense of rights before electric companies, processing of aid to the bono social eléctrico and thermal, temporarily assuming the payment of the electricity bills of the most severe vulnerable consumers, and preventing them from having their electricity cut off.
In Spain, 14% of households cannot maintain an adequate temperature, between 18 and 22 degrees, according to the recommendations of the World Health Organization. More than 2.6 million families meet the requirements to access the electricity and thermal social bonus, but only 1.5 million access the social bonus, as 3 out of 10 Spanish households are unaware of the existence of the social bonus or do not know how to manage it.
Isabel Jiménez, president of Fundación Luz Solidaria comments that “there are many aids and tools, which are very positive, but we continue to find especially vulnerable groups that are unaware of these aids or that cannot access them”. In recent months, due to the energy crisis and price inflation, the cases have worsened and increased.
Pedro Galve, president of Gashogar, highlights the company’s commitment to help Aragonese families who need it most. “In these times of energy crisis we wanted to be at the side of Aragonese families and companies. Today, when inflation is having a direct impact on many families, who have seen their electricity bills triple in some cases, combating energy poverty is our priority; but we are also going to promote training workshops on renewable energies and good environmental practices in schools. Educating today’s children guarantees a more sustainable future”. This past April, the first training activities began in primary and secondary schools in Zaragoza.