Who we are

Our Origins

Renewable World, which was formally known as the Koru Foundation, is a UK based charity set up by individuals from the Renewable Energy Industry in 2007 to act as the link between the European Renewable Energy sector and energy poor communities who are most vulnerable to climate change. 

Our work

More than 1.4 billion people worldwide have no access to electricity. Indoor air pollution from paraffin, wood, grass or animal dung used for lighting and heating kills nearly 2 million people every year – mainly women and children. 

Renewable World tackles poverty in developing countries by enabling the provision of affordable renewable energy systems for remote off-grid communities.  Our projects light up homes, schools and clinics; clean water is pumped to households for washing, cleaning and cooking, and to fields for crop irrigation. Access to energy stimulates trade and enterprise and improves access to health and education opportunities. Click here to find out more about our projects.

Our Team

Renewable World is managed by a small secretariat based in Brighton and has regional offices in Kathmandu, Nairobi and Managua. The charity has a team working on strategic development, project implementation and research, fundraising, and marketing and communications as well as a number of volunteers and interns who provide vital support for our work. Click here to meet the team.

Our Trustees and Advisers

We are guided by a board of Trustees drawn from the Renewable Energy Industry and academic and development sectors who oversee the management and direction of the organisation.

We are supported by our Ambassadors - a group of experts who provide advice and counsel on trends and issues; opening doors to contacts and other institutions; and critiquing our plans and development ideas.

We also have a Programme Advisory Group who support the on-going development, establishment and growth of Renewable World programmes in order to maximise poverty alleviation through renewable energy for some of the 1.3 billion people living in energy poverty.

Our Supporters

Renewable World is grateful to a group of corporate supporters from the Renewable Energy Industry that become Friends of the organisation, and provide us with unrestricted funding for a period of three years. Current Friends include DONG Energy, SKM and SSE Renewables.

We are also proud to be supported by many companies working in or with the Renewable Energy Industry including major donors; EWEA, GDF Suez Energy International, RenewableUK and Statkraft and corporate supporters; EEA Fund Management, GL Garrad Hassan, KPMG, Norton Rose, RWE npower renewables.

With your help we could make a real difference to many more communities, for a list of ways in which you can support Renewable World click here.

Renewable World is the official charity of:

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Renewable World is currently being supported by the following Friends:


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