The Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind (FPH) is a Swiss foundation that makes grants to civil society movements and organisations to support their actions in favour of a social and ecological transition.
A non-profit association created in 2001, négaWatt is led by a college of active members, the Compagnie des négawatts, made up of about twenty experts in energy-related professions. All members express their opinion and have a personal commitment to the association.
The association’s vision is based on the négaWatt concept, a common-sense approach resting on three pillars. First, reduce need through sobriety in individual and collective uses of energy. Then, through greater efficiency, decrease the amounts of energy resources required to satisfy need. Finally, give priority to renewable energies that, thanks to ambitious yet realistic development, can progressively replace fossil fuels and nuclear energy.
In 2009, hoping to push implementation of the energy transition described in its scenario, the association decided to create the Négawatt Institute, its operational subsidiary. The Institute provides training for professionals, and it supports pilot projects, structures and local authorities working toward the energy transition. For the past several years, the NégaWatt Institute has been using a partnership approach to develop DORéMI - an operational system for renovating single family homes to make them more energy-efficient.
Many people - including both energy professionals and informed citizens - have joined the association because they find its analyses convincing and are attracted to its proposals. The association’s 1000+ members are an essential pillar in its growth and longevity.
Three paid staff members handle the coordination, communication and management needs of the association.
Association négaWatt is not affiliated with any political party. No structure of any kind (company, association, local authority, institution, political party, etc.) intervenes in the association’s decision-making instances.
Given the challenges inherent in climate disruption, depletion of resources and the risk of nuclear accidents, the founders of Association négaWatt have set themselves the following objectives:
show that a different energy future is not only technically feasible, but also desirable for society,
develop an energy scenario for 2050 that reflects a possible evolution of our energy system,
update the scenario approximately every five years,
as a natural corollary of prospective work, defend the association’s ideas vis-à-vis of political and economic decision-makers, so that a true energy transition is implemented.