Indian lady sitting cross legged with child on lap cooking on Envirofit stove

Focus Areas

Shell Foundation creates and scales business solutions to two major barriers to poverty alleviation: access to energy and sustainable mobility. Our geographical focus is on Africa and Asia, where issues such as access to energy and mobility are major obstacles to sustainable development.

We work to improve access to affordable renewable energy products and services for low-income consumers in three areas:

  • Standalone energy solutions for households for basic needs such as cooking, heating and lighting
  • Energy for smallholder famers and rural enterprises to improve productivity and generate income
  • Integrated mini-grid or utility-level services that meet all residential, community and business needs in off-grid areas

We support more sustainable ways to move people and goods, focusing on three themes:

  • Improved access to safe, affordable, reliable and inclusive urban transport for low-income consumers
  • Rural mobility solutions that improve access to essential goods and services for rural communities
  • Solutions to reduce carbon emissions from the global freight sector