Community investment programmes

We create specific investment programmes for each geographical area in which we operate.

We promote the access to energy and education

Working with communities in Mozambique

In 2017, Galp signed a tripartite protocol between the Mozambican institution Fundo Nacional de Energia (National Energy Fund - Funae), Fundação Galp (Galp Foundation) and Galp for the installation of solar photovoltaic systems in rural communities in the country, providing them with affordable energy. The project was chosen based on the evaluation of 105 competing projects promoted by 25 different entities within the scope of the Plan for Investment in the Community in Mozambique.

Bissau Home Sustainable Energy Development Project

Galp has the commitment of bringing affordable and modern energy to low monetized economies, where consumers have difficulty making funds available for the purchase of affordable and modern energy.

Galp developed the Fumu-Kaba project (LPG Project) in Guinea-Bissau to Encourage the abandonment of biomass and charcoal burning in rudimentary stoves, using simple, comfortable and low cost solutions that facilitate the transition to the use of modern energy sources in particular Butane Gas and the adoption of firing technologies modern and efficient ways of enabling the inhabitants of the Bissau Region to sustainably benefit from the improvement of living conditions provided by one of the safest, cleanest and most efficient sources of domestic energy.

The abandonment of biomass and charcoal burning in rudimentary stoves and adoption of modern and efficient firing technologies enables several environmental and social benefits. In the next 10 years, we aim to:
a) 2.5 million of m3 of forest wood saved;
b) 100k hectares saved from deforestation;
c) 553 kt CO2e avoided;
d) Other qualitative benefits: Improving energy efficiency of households through the use of a more efficient and clean fuel; household indoor pollution reduction; improving the population health; more free time especially for women and children (less time to collect firewood and charcoal, less time to cook); Jobs creation (maintenance of stoves; manufacture of accessories, e.g. trolleys); promoting entrepreneurship (business selling food out).


Up to 2020, this program aims to reach 27.8k households and to benefit more than 220k inhabitants.
 

 

Educating for the future - Up Mission | Power up | Switch up

Our educational projects go further than our goal of promoting energy efficiency and more sustainable energy consumption habits in schools, as well as in the students’ families and their community.

Missão UP | Unidos pelo Planeta (UP Mission | United by the Planet) is an educational project on energy efficiency that we have developed since 2010. This project is aimed at Primary School students, aged between six and 10 years, as well as their teachers, guardians and parents.

Over the past seven school years, we have taught more than 3,000 energy classes, which in turn have impacted more than one million students.

Following this success, we decided to extend the programme to the secondary education students by creating the project Power UP.

Addressing issues such as energy sources, sustainable mobility, energy footprint and energy-related careers, schools receive play-based educational visits that aim to contribute to changing behaviours towards a more efficient energy consumption.

On the other hand, support materials are made available on the online platform, allowing to relate the various topics to the curricular programs and to discuss them in a familiar environment, in a coherent and fun way.

In 2017, another innovative project was launched: Switch UP, which is aimed at secondary and vocational education students. This programme promotes entrepreneurship by creating Clubs in secondary schools throughout the country, for developing projects that promote local community engagement projects and the sharing of ideas and activities about energy efficiency. The program seeks to encourage accountability of young people and to enhance their project management abilities. With a logic of stimulus to creating start-ups and generating future employment.

Our Galp educational projects were acknowledged in 2016 by the Energy Globe Awards. This is the most prestigious environmental award and distinguishes regional, national and global projects that focus on the preservation of resources or use renewable or emission-free energy sources.

Missão up 2013/2014 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017
Schools 2,140 2,052 814 1,036
Teachers 10,803 12,019 2,335 4,678
Students 200,000 192,171 58,381 94,185
Energy classes 780 591 438 403
Students covered by the energy classes - 19,995 15,436 10,008

 

Brigadas Positivas (Positive Brigades) competition 2013/2014 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017
Schools 271 212 74 60
Teachers 2,200 1,124 446 150
Students 38,000 17,302 6,282 2,734

 

Power up 2013/2014(*) 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017
Schools - 38 77 105
Teachers - - 34,451 43,630
Students - - 4,611 6,179

 

Power up 2013/2014(*) 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017
Schools - 8 31 25
Number of works - 8 31 94
Students involved - 267 1,852 3,715

(*) Pilot project.

The educational projects are supported by the Portuguese Environment Agency, the Portuguese Energy Agency, the Directorate-General for Energy and Geology, the Directorate-General for Education and the National Commission of UNESCO Portugal. Similarly to the UP Mission and Power UP projects, the start up of the Switch UP project will also be financed by the Portuguese Energy Market Regulator (ERSE), and finally, fully funded by Galp.

We mobilise the community around a common goal

Galp's involvement with the communities it operates in is not limited to direct investment in projects that benefit the populations in the areas of education, well-being and the environment.

We also promote citizenship actions through the Galp Voluntária project, which annually provides the employees with a bank of hours for voluntary work.

In the last two years we have stimulated many volunteer actions.

Terra de Esperança (Land of Hope)

A partnership between Fundação Galp (Galp Foundation) and ANEFA (National Association for Forestry, Agricultural and Environmental Companies) to reforest areas affected by the fires in Portugal, through which Galp donated 500,000 trees of native species to the association.

Within the scope of that initiative, we stimulated the largest environmental volunteer action ever carried out in the country, which involved approximately 600 people, including employees, partners and relatives in the planting of 7,500 trees in over eight hectares of burnt forest. We have also developed a digital platform that will allow this action to be extended to all Portuguese who wish to join this initiative.

Find further information about this project on www.terradeesperanca.pt , and anyone who wants to, can participate therein.

Galp Solidária

Under the Galp Solidária brand, we make our products available to a set of solidarity institutions, offering special prices and very significant discounts.

At the moment, we have protocols with four entities that represent various solidarity institutions. We offer access to fuels, electricity and natural gas in a more affordable way to all of them:

  • Confederação Nacional das Instituições de Solidariedade (National Confederation of Solidarity Institutions);
  • União das Misericórdias Portuguesas (Portuguese Charities Union);
  • União das Mutualidades Portuguesas (Portuguese Mutual Societies Union);
  • Federação Nacional de Cooperativas de Solidariedade Social (FENACERCI – National Federation of Social Solidarity Cooperatives)

In 2016, we assessed the social impact of Galp | Energia Solidária (GES - Galp | Solidary Energy), and we have confirmed that the programme is efficient in creating social value - as the total benefits generated are greater than the value that is invested.

Other initiatives and social projects

Under our goal of creating shared value in a long-term perspective, every year we develop several social projects. In 2016, several projects were developed in education, social welfare and health, among others.

Find out about some social initiatives and projects developed by Galp in 2017 in detail.

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