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Green solutions for energy poverty

Energy poverty has become an EU problem with around 125 million people at risk of energy poverty, but there is no EU-wide consensus on the definition. A strategy to collect the required data is needed to correctly identify energy-poor households. More standardised data is crucial for developing and implementing the appropriate measures for the relevant consumers. Modernisation of buildings and energy-using appliances is an effective remedy for energy-poor households, but funding and identification of households remains an issue even in high-income countries with the means to undertake extensive data collection.

Bottom-up approach: National government programmes have an important role to play in tackling fuel poverty, but implementation needs to be closely aligned with local delivery partners as they are the ones who can best identify and support fuel-poor households. Local authorities are leading the fight against energy poverty in their cities and towns, finding innovative ways to fund their policies and initiatives while also helping to reduce energy consumption and the effects of climate change within the domestic sector.

In 2016, Barcelona Province launched a multi-year programme to continue with energy audits in homes. The programme also has the capacity to fund some small-scale investments to reduce the energy consumption of the audited dwellings. As part of this programme, 220 municipalities out of 311 will receive support to carry out these audits and in the course of 2017 Barcelona will start to help them to undertake the necessary energy investments identified by those audits.

Ghent focuses on the prevention of fuel poverty with measures focused on the behaviour of inhabitants, and the city has drawn up measures aimed at making privately- and publicly-owned housing more energy efficient.

The UK Government published a Fuel Poverty Strategy in March 2015 to ensure that as many fuel-poor homes as is reasonably practicable achieve a minimum energy efficiency rating of Band C, by 2030. In the Liverpool City Region, a number of municipalities are developing revised Affordable Warmth strategies aimed at tackling the local levels of fuel poverty.

An integrated and holistic approach is needed in the fight against and prevention of fuel poverty. More funding is needed to protect vulnerable consumers, although some funds are already available but the population is not always aware of their existence. Exchange of good practices has to be promoted at EU level; small actions can make the difference.

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October 11 , 11:15 - 13:00




  • Ailio Eero , Deputy Head of Unit for Internal Market, Retail Markets Coal and Oil, DG ENER, European Commission, Finnish
  • VENDRELL ROCA Albert, Officer, Environment Department, Barcelona Provincial Council, Spain
  • CIS David , Director, Vzw REGent, Ghent, Belgium
  • HERMENAU Cora , Regional Commissioner, Hanover Region, Germany
  • OWEN Peter, Chief Executive, Energy Projects Plus, Liverpool City Region, United Kingdom
  • ZINKERNAGEL Ronald , Senior Expert, Unit for City Development and Climate, City of Malmö, Sweden
  • NOWAK Alicja , Head of Unit on Acquiring and Implementation of Projects, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Marshal Office of the Wielkopolska Region, Poland

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