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Energy Poverty Dashboard Reveals Why The Private Rented Sector is Key When Fighting Energy Poverty

The Energy Poverty Dashboard was launched some weeks ago, we invite all to contribute with submitting measures and policies tackling energy poverty in the private rented sector.

The Dashboard was not only developed to spatially identify energy poverty in the private rented sector across Europe, but also to show practices and policies to support energy poor populations. To match practice with data, a new indicator was developed: the Rented Private Housing Energy Poverty Indicator (REPI).  The data uncovers the higher severity of energy poverty in the Private Rented Sector, thus making the issue visible. To effectively and sustainably address energy poverty, the private rented sector is a key area to understand, taking into account that a high share of the European population living in rented housings. Policy packages must be designed well and upscale energy efficient renovation of the (worst performing) building stock in the sector. This requires adjusting regulatory provisions, financing offers and financial incentives for landlords in combination with social compensation mechanisms for the tenants.

Good practice policies will be integrative and their integrating approaches will rely on effective, target-group-specific communication to balance conflicting interests (i.e., the split incentives) between landlords and tenants. Research data is key to sound evaluation of targeted policies and programmes as the data can provide a basis for a preliminary assessment of the policy’s impact when controlling for other factors shaping energy poverty outcomes (e.g., energy prices, overall economic development etc.). 


The Dashboard is open to submissions during ENPOR’s lifetime to be able to provide a comprehensive picture of how the private rented sector is affected by energy poverty. Currently we seek to address Spanish and Portuguese as well as Nordic colleagues, to submit, but all EU countries’ are welcome: 

In Depth: How to Deliver Renovations in the Private Rented Sector: Greek and Estonian National Renovation Policy Improvements

Living in energy poverty means for a lot of citizens facing social exclusion, degradation of quality of life and severe impacts on health. Policy makers and public administrators in various areas thus also need to face the consequences in housing policies, social policies support and public health systems. The concept of energy poverty however is fairly new to several national and local policy makers in various European countries. Recent spikes in energy prices targeted the attention of consumers and policy-makers alike on the looming shadow of energy poverty. The REACT Group methodology supports not only the vulnerable groups and local stakeholders, but the policy makers as well in setting up measures and interventions that support policy implementation in the future.

In the course of the ENPOR project, Regional Energy Action Groups (REACT) in 7 countries examine ways to improve 10 policies addressing energy poverty. These groups follow the ENPOR Stakeholder Engagement Strategy to involve relevant stakeholders in this process and will formulate policy improvement recommendations. At this point of time we give a short first glimpse of the policies and initial set of recommendation drafts in Estonia and Greece:

VIDEO: The Dashboard and its Use
Watch the launch of our new online tool and learn how to use it! We explain the use and the indicators in this video:
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ENPOR's Message at COP26
“You can’t fight energy poverty without fixing the housing problem!” this was the main message delivered by Tine Heyse, Mayor for...
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Policy Events and Actions
ENPOR Co-organises the Europe Day of IEPAW

The First International Energy Poverty Action Week (21-25/02/2022) 

A group of volunteers will gather this month to launch the International Energy Poverty Action Week (IEPAW) in February when actions to combat energy poverty around the globe will take centre stage. IEPAW will be held virtually and will bring together academics, policymakers and practitioners in the field of energy poverty for a series of five seminars, discussions and workshops centred on finding actionable solutions to this global issue, as well as social media activity and offline actions.  

Organisations and supporters are encouraged to join this independent initiative and use this week to profile their own actions and activities to raise awareness of energy poverty issues around the globe 

Make sure to follow the IEPAW on Twitter (@EnergyPovertyWk) and register!




Session 3 will look at taking energy poverty action and Measuring Its Impact in Europe, organised by ENPOR Project, CEES Project and POWERTY Project. This two-part session will first explore some innovative approaches, ranging from identifying and engaging with households affected to financing and implementing technical solutions or establishing better policy and legal frameworks. In the second part, we’ll turn to the academic community for insights on measuring energy poverty itself and evaluate the effectiveness of measures being applied.

Energy communities, NGOs, civil society organisations, clean energy investment cooperatives and public authorities…to name a few. An increasingly broad range of actors are building the goal of ending energy poverty into their missions. Many more are keen to do so, but not sure where to start.

We hope to provide you practical solutions!


Policy Event in Greece: UIPI Renovation Tour continues in Athens

UIPI continutes its UIPI Renovation Tour – Owners on Board series of events in 2022. The first event of the year will take place in Athens, Greece, on 11 March 2022.

Have a look at the event page (Greek version is available)!

The UIPI Renovation Tour aims to bring EU climate goals and policies – more specifically the Renovation Wave and its practical implications – closer to European property owners and managers, promote and steer the political and public debates at local and national levels, give the opportunity for affected parties to provide feedback and propose existing solutions to help all those who wish to engage in the needed efforts to renovate the European building stock and contribute for a greener and more sustainable future. The tour counts with the participation of EU institutions and local governments representatives, as well as key stakeholders in the building and energy efficiency markets. Concrete examples of paths for renovation are offered so as to simplify the renovation journeys of those interested.


The UIPI Renovation Tour marked its presence in the cities of Budapest (Hungary) , Liège (Belgium) and Vitoria (Spain) - These events give the opportunity to all participants to address their concerns and also to have their doubts cleared when possible. This strongly reinforces our belief that such events are extremely useful for awareness raising and to bring policy closer to citizens; two things without which the Renovation Wave will hardly be successful. It is a great opportunity for home-owners to better understand and join the Renovation Wave.


Let's Talk: National Perspectives
Italian “White Paper” – an Open Dialogue on Energy Poverty

by Lorenza Daroda, ENEA

ENEA recently participated through the contribution of experts from the National Energy Efficiency Agency, in the drafting of the “WHITE PAPER: Open Dialogue on Energy Poverty”, a text prepared by the Alliance Against Energy Poverty, with the participation of other important stakeholders at national level such as associations, citizen representatives, research bodies, specialists and professional.

Read more about how Portugal, France, Belgium and Spain tackle the issue alongside the Italian perspective!

Energy Poverty in Greece: Athen's Socio-Spatial Perspective

by Dimitris Papantonis, Dimitra Tzani, TEESlab-UPRC

The phenomenon of energy poverty and the solutions to the difficulties it has caused in modern civilization are a global challenge. Energy vulnerability is a serious issue caused by a complex interaction of several variables, including rising energy prices, people’s inability to pay their energy bills, stagnant or declining income, high unemployment, and the slow speed at which energy-saving measures are implemented in residences. On a social, environmental, and financial level, the evidence-based negative repercussions of the aforementioned relationship are felt.

Energy Poverty Community News
Minimum Energy Performance Standards: Solution or Problem? Recording of the 3rd ENPOR Lunch Talk

The Third ENPOR Lunch Talk discussed how the Fit for 55 Package impacts energy poverty – with invited guests Ina Karova (Energy Agency Plovdiv), Louise Sunderland (Regulatory Assistance Project, RAP), Hélène Sibileau (Building Performance Institute Europe, BPIE), Emmanuelle Causse (International Union of Property Owners, UIPI), and Gyorgy Sumeghy (Associate Director of Policy & Advocacy, Habitat for Humanity International EMEA).

The Lunch Talk was recorded and is available on ENPOR's Energy Poverty Channel.

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EPAH Launches Its Call for Technical Assistance and Its First E-learning Course on Energy Poverty

EPAH Call for Technical Assistance

The Energy Poverty Advisory Hub (EPAH) invites local governments and/or organisations working in collaboration with local governments from all the 27 EU Member States to submit their request for technical assistance and receive support in their process to tackle energy poverty. The call is open for submissions until the 1st of March 2022 at 18:00 CET. Learn more about the call here:

EPAH E-Learning Course Launched

The first EPAH online course “Introduction to energy poverty and the EPAH – Introductory course” is now available in ENG with subtitles in 21 languages. It is a short course (1 hour learning time). Here is the dedicated website for the online course where you can find more information:

News from Sister Projects
The ComAct Knowledge Exchange Platform
This e-learning tool launched short modules on energy efficency and e-learning courses with useful tips and measures on how to master energy...
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Wellbased Webinar On Energy Poverty and Health
Join WELLBASED at the Nature of Cities festival on March 30th at 11 am CET!
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The POWERPOOR trainings of Energy Supporters and Mentors are crossing new borders are now open to all countries!
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EMPOWERMED's Gender Analysis in Albania
Read the key findings of the gender analysis and energy poverty in Albania by Rezart Xhelo, Katharina Habersbrunner, Valbona Mazreku,...
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Policy Support
Documents and Publications Supporting Policy on Energy Poverty Around Europe

Latest ENPOR Resources


Policy Guide on the Energy Efficiency Directive and Energy Savings Obligation for Energy Poverty Alleviation


Summertime Energy Poverty

Policy Recommendations on South-East Europe's Energy Poverty Aspects


Housing Europe's "Impact of the Recovery Plans on the Social and Affordable Housing Sector"


WELLBASED's Report on Public Policies and Interventions to Reduce Energy Poverty:


Com-Act: How Renovation Measures Fight Energy Poverty for Energy Advisors


EMPOWERMED's Energy Poverty and Gender Resources:


The ENGAGER Toolkit for Frontline Workers


EU Framework


Tackling Energy poverty Through Local Actions ‒ Inspiring cases from across Europe (Directorate-General for Energy)


Energy Performance of Buildings Directive Recast Proposal

Recast of the Energy Efficiency Directive


Social Climate Fund


Right to Energy Coalition’s List of Suggestions on the Recast of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD):

How to alleviate energy poverty in the EPBD: in Google Doc Format

International Day Against Energy Poverty in France: retrospective on the event

By Axelle Gallerand, IEECP

The first International Day Against Energy Poverty in France was launched by the Foundation Abbé Pierre and took place on 10th November 2021, this event had for ambition to raise awareness on energy poverty but to also share existing solutions and projects. The 19 French co-actors tackling energy poverty were able to exchange and present the stakes of energy poverty as well as ongoing projects, all centred around three precise objectives.

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