Beyond energy: SINAG, the livelihood initiative
A2E is not only a localized initiative; it is a major social investment undertaking for Shell worldwide. It tackles two major problems a lot of developing countries still face, which is lack of energy access and the continuing need to derive innovative solutions for renewable energy in support of energy transition.
In the Philippines, A2E is part of an even bigger initiative for energy called “Sustain, Invest, Nurture, Access to Green Energy” or SINAG, a program that wants to provide clean, green energy to selected communities. A2E and SINAG are both concerned with livelihood creation, employment generation, training programs for capacity building, health and sanitation services, educational opportunities, new teaching tools, food security, and the preservation of culture and the arts.
SINAG’s main focus is Sitio Logpan in El NIdo, where it set up the country’s first solar kiosk with a water chlorination system, designed to provide an enterprise opportunity for the community composed mostly of indigenous people with fishing as the main livelihood. Through this kiosk, the community enjoys access to energy and clean, potable water with powered by solar panels.
PSFI and Pilipinas Shell envision A2E and SINAG as the driving force to provide proper livelihood and quality life for clustered communities. Beyond the basic right to energy, they serve as foundations on which simple yet meaningful experiences emerge. Whether it is the first experience of lighting a Christmas tree, the first taste of cold ice cream straight from an electricity-powered freezer or much-needed streetlight to read and study, each of these enrich lives with new opportunities—and it all starts with reliable access to energy.