The Impact House welcomed Bruno Vermoesen, project leader at BSH Home Appliances and Stefan Goemaere of Samenlevingsopbouw Vlaanderen. Both are co-creators of the Papillon project, a hire model for energy-efficient household devices.
One third of people living in energy poverty circumstances owns energy-intensive household appliances. Precisely because of their difficult financial situation, these families do not have enough budget to buy energy-efficient models, which in its turn leads to high bills and more financial problems. The Papillon project – a collaboration between Bosch and Samenlevingsopbouw West-Vlaanderen – aims to break this vicious circle by giving families which live in energy poverty the chance to rent energy-efficient household devices of the Bosch brand for 7 euros a month. This does not only reduce energy poverty, but also decreases negative environmental impact.
The Papillon project perfectly fits the strategy of Bosch which concentrates strongly on circular economy. Apart from creating societal value, the project provides Bosch with insights on how circular business models can be put into practice. It is for example a way to learn how to develop devices, so they are better suited to such circular models.
Now that the pilot phase of the Papillon project has come to an end, the timing was ideal for a review in the shape of an Impact Monday session.