We join forces that contribute to a more inclusive, just and sustainable society.

The Energy Commons Institute (ECI) Foundation contributes to a sustainable society by making locally generated sustainable energy available as a common good for neighbourhoods. We create new societal concepts fitting within the broader trend of residents taking leadership and thereby avoiding ┬ádependencies on traditional energy ecosystems. We do this by supporting local energy organisations – Energy Commons. Our focus is on local support – organisational, financial and technological. ECI is working on innovative concepts with renowned organisations and field-tested technologies to support Energy Commons.

We will fully use our fees, sponsor and donor funds for the implementation of Energy Commons. Board members receive no remuneration for providing ECI leadership other than compensation for expenses incurred and a non-excessive attendance fee (as required for an ANBI organisation under Dutch law – Article 1a, first paragraph, part e, of the UR AWR 1994). Our first financial statement will be published before July 1, 2021.

The ECI Foundation is the first – originally Dutch – organisation in its field of activity and we are seeking recognition for this. Energy from Residents for Residents.

Our Core Values

Leadership qualities are important to us, as demonstrated by moral courage, ethical strength, and trustworthiness; keeping promises and fulfilling expectations as demonstrated by consistency, congruency, and transparency in values, beliefs, and actions; integrating values and principles to create a purposeful life and to contribute to the growth of others.

Our team

Thijs Aarten, chairman

Former CEO/MD of international energy advisory companies, Investor and Social Entrepreneur contributing to a sustainable society.

Bram Reinders, secretary

Global Business and Experienced Impact Creator with a focus on Smart City, Cybersecurity and Renewable Energy.

Anja de Jong, treasurer

Chief Operating Officer EME at Guidehouse