Since its foundation in 2009, the RWE Foundation has concentrated on supporting three main areas. The educational focus of the foundation has been on raising the profile of know-how about energy and establishing this knowledge base more firmly in classroom situations. The focus is not exclusively on the scientific and technical dimension of energy but also takes into account the social and non-technical dimension. Work in the area of culture is about the promotion of perspectives and artistic innovations that exert a positive influence on the ability of a society to change in a positive direction – not least also an element of the energy transition. Our approach on social issues is to assist young people from disadvantaged environments in strengthening their skills and enhancing the perspectives open to them, so that they can put more energy into taking on life’s challenges.
In 2012, we approved a total of 19 new projects. We have made a total of €1.1 million available for sponsoring existing projects. The projects carried out by the foundation are sponsored for a maximum of three years.
The project work of the foundation is continuously developed in an evidence-based approach. We want to develop other projects in the sponsorship area of education based on the RWE Energy Education Study. The RWE Foundation commissioned the Leibnitz Institute for Education in Natural Sciences and Mathematics to carry out this study involving a survey of around 500 teachers and some 1,000 young people during the autumn of 2012. The results of the study were available at the beginning of 2013 and they are intended to form the basis for developing recommendations for action at the RWE Foundation.