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A service to understand energy vulnerable households and how to support them
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Local Stakeholders’ First Take on How to Tackle Energy Poverty in Rental Situations

Very few policies consider the tenant-landlord dilemma, or even brought together tenants and landlords to discuss and address both of these groups’ needs. Difficulties with access to funding and information remain an urgent issue for both tenants and landlords especially in the current energy crisis. 

Energy efficiency measures are the most important long-term measures to alleviate energy poverty and to improve living conditions in the PRS, however they are increasingly more expensive and need longer times due to lack of material and skilled workforce. 

In the recent two years ENPOR partners scanned the current policy and action landscape in Europe and developed and implemented a consequent and carefully targeted stakeholder consultation process to develop policy recommendations on short-term, mid-term and long-term actions to mitigate energy poverty on the private rented sector. The following details result from our policy research and also stem directly from local and national stakeholders in Austria, Greece, The Netherlands, Germany, Estonia, Croatia and Italy. 

Let's Talk: National Perspectives
Austrian ENPOR Measures in the Energy Crisis

In Austria, various support services are in place to help low-income households to reduce their energy consumption and related costs and to make it more sustainable. These services range from on-site consultations to various information materials. However, the existing information and support formats are often not prepared in a suitable form, as this target group(s) often do not have the time or resources to deal with sophisticated tools and detailed materials and usually energy poor households are not specifically targeted either.  

Within the framework of the ENPOR project, new formats were created to support energy poor households in Austria in a more targeted manner.

The Netherlands: Research Yields Surprising Results about the Dutch Energy Box

Energy Box is a program and tool created to reduce the energy costs of households in the Netherlands by introducing easily implemented energy-saving measures provided in a physical Energy Box, and by providing personal advice on energy-saving practices, mostly centered on behavioral change. When participating in the program, households can choose between 3 different boxes containing various items, including products that are in high demand such as light sockets with on/off switches, LED lights, and radiator foils. Research surrounding the Energy Box is being conducted by the Dutch consultancy agency JMA, which is looking into the effects of different promotional strategies on the use of this tool in Utrecht. As such, the Energy Box was offered to private tenants in three similar flats in one of the city’s neighborhoods using a different set of promotional activities. The results were astonishing.

Italy: ENEA Launches School Awareness Campaign on Energy Poverty

The fourth edition of the White Energy Week, for transversal skills and orientation (P.C.T.O.), organised by Seaside, an ESCo of the Italgas Group, and developed in collaboration with ENPOR’s partner ENEA – the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development took place in March 2022. During that week, 25 classes of secondary schools in the Regional School Office of Emilia Romagna received the visit from ENEA experts presenting key energy topic aspects. 

The event, held since 2017, reached over 8,500 people students and families so far. The goal of the White Energy Week is to bring awareness on energy efficiency to young audiences and have them adopt sustainable behaviours in their family home.

CO2 Price Share Between Landlords and Tenants
ENPOR submitted a Recommendation to the Draft Law on Sharing CO2 Costs Between Tenants and Landlords in Germany. We suggested the cost...
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Improving on National Renovation Grants
Existing funding schemes for renovation are key in alleviating energy poverty. Read about our recommendations presented @ EPAH Conference.
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ENPOR at the 3rd International Conference on Energy Research and Social Science

ENPOR’s team organized a session on 22 June 2022: “Energy poverty in the European private rented sector: Findings from the ENPOR project” with five presentations:

Lunch Talk Takeaway: Tailored Measures for Energy Poverty
Energy advice for consumers with few resources, but the right way. This was our central theme in the light of the energy crisis at our...
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Lunch Talk Takeaway: Tackling Split Incentives
This Lunch Talk explored the dimensions of split incentives as well as how the issue links to energy poverty, energy savings, and Article 7...
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Energy Poverty Community News
European Week of Regions and Cities Workshop "Measuring energy poverty to ensure a socially fair green transition"

The European Week of Regions and Cities (#EUREGIONSWEEK 2022) is the biggest annual Brussels-based event dedicated to cohesion policy. In its framework, the Energy Poverty Advisory Hub will be represented at the online workshop "Measuring energy poverty to ensure a socially fair green transition". 

The workshop will bring forward the Energy Poverty Advisory Hub approach and the new set of indicators for local governments developed by the Covenant of Mayors, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) that will provide an overview of EU-wide available data and indicators, and the European Anti-Poverty Network that will focus on the dimension of social justice in the characterisation of energy poverty across the EU.

EUSEW Policy Session - Diversifying the energy transition: gender perspectives in energy poverty policies

This joint policy session will take place on 29 September at 11:30-13:00 in Brussels.

It is organised by the Energy Poverty Advisory Hub (EPAH), the leading EU initiative on energy poverty and the Committee of the Regions to discuss the challenges faced by vulnerable consumers and especially women to implement the new RePowerEU plan and adjusting to the rising energy prices and proposal policies and measures to guarantee inclusive energy transition. 

Covenant of Mayors Workshop: Tackling the new energy crisis and energy poverty locally

30 September, 11:00 to 12:30 | Celo , Hesperange | (EN) 

A new global energy crisis, rising energy prices and steepening rates of energy poverty have brought an urgent demand for new solutions as well as a new dynamic in their implementation. Municipalities are increasingly being faced with the need to rethink their strategies with regard to energy generally and especially in terms of their policies on energy poverty. This workshop, brought to the Climate Alliance International Conference (CAIC’22) by the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy – Europe, will provide some EU-level insight into the challenges and foster a dialogue among participating municipal representatives on possible solutions.

News from Sister Projects
Actions to Tackle Energy Poverty with Focus on Women in the Mediterranean

The H2020 project EmpowerMed is implementing practical solutions that empower people affected by energy poverty to manage their energy consumption or bills and improve their access to appropriate energy resources. These actions can be classified into the following categories: community approaches, household visits, Do-it-Yourself (DIY) solutions, health workshops and support on small investments. This article gives some insights into the actions and their success stories.

Getting the Best Deal for Consumers in the Energy Transition

The Horizon 2020 project CLEAR-X is encouraging European citizens to make the shift to renewable energy through running collective purchase campaigns across six European countries. The project, running mostly in Central and Eastern Europe, will offer consumers the chance to buy renewable technologies including heat pumps and PV panels at a competitive price, guiding them through the process and providing them with information and installation.

Policy Support
In Depth: Energy Poverty Coverage in EED and EPBD Recast Proposals

With the publication of the two batches of the ‘Fit for 55’ Climate Package, one of the key steps in delivering the European Green Deal, the Commission launched a set of revisions and recasts of energy and climate laws aimed at reaching the EU’s 2030 goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions at least by 55% compared to 1990 levels, and putting it on track to hit net zero by 2050. However, it seems clear that these new targets cannot be the only driving force towards a more sustainable society. In fact, social inclusion considerations also need to guide the EU action. As Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans underlined that the Fit for 55’ Package needs to “spur the necessary changes, enable all citizens to experience the benefits of climate action as soon as possible, and provide support to the most vulnerable households”.  

How is the objective of social inclusion translated into practice?

How does the energy poverty matter fit into this purpose?

Emil Martini (UIPI) analyses how energy poverty is dealt with in the recast proposals of the two main directives which were already dealing with this issue, namely the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED):

The Future Costs Under the Energy Efficiency Directive
This event gathered members of the European Commission, European Parliament and National Ministries to discuss key results from projects and...
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Analysis: Energy poverty increasingly affecting Germany’s middle class
German citizens from the “lower middle class” (defined by having a net household income between 60 and 80 percent of the median income),...
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Energy Poverty Indicators and the Italian Social Economic Context

We might be surprised of how energy poverty indicators have started to carve out a significant role in statistics only in very recent years, although their strategic importance emerges for the comprehension of the economic and social conditions of a given territory.

Energy Poverty in Central Eastern Europe

Habitat for Humanity International Europe and the Middle East Area Office (HFHI EME) is launching Residential Energy Efficiency Observatory in Central and Eastern Europe and its first publication: "Addressing energy poverty through residential energy efficiency in Central and Eastern Europe: Challenges and best practices" is the first collection of articles.

EPAH’s Guide for Understanding and Addressing Energy Poverty

This is a must-read for municipalities interested in understanding different approaches that can be useful for obtaining a general picture of energy poverty in their local context as well as the initial introduction to the methodology to tackle energy poverty.

Geographical Disparities in Energy Poverty and the Spatial Impacts of Energy Policy

The UK is heading towards a period of economic uncertainty. The cost-of-living crisis, inflation, and an increase in energy prices have further stressed the finances of households. With a rapid increase in the number of households experiencing difficulty in affording their domestic energy, many will be unable to secure the level of energy needed for their home – a situation commonly termed fuel poverty, or energy poverty. In this blog, the authors discuss how social vulnerabilities to energy poverty are unevenly distributed across regions, and therefore exploring ‘where’ such inequalities are starkly evident is of significance.

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This Newsletter reflects only the author’s view and CINEA is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains. ENPOR has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 889385.

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