Combatting energy poverty in Europe: Towards an inclusive and just energy transition
16 November 2023
The conference “Combatting Energy Poverty in Europe: Towards an Inclusive and Just Energy Transition,” which took place on November 16 in Brussels, was a collaborative effort involving the International Union of Property Owners (UIPI), the ENPOR project, and the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA). Its focal point was the assessment of energy poverty within the European private rented sector.
Energy poverty remains a pressing issue in Europe, and rather than being effectively addressed, it is on the rise. According to Eurostat, a concerning 9.3% of the EU population struggles to heat their homes adequately. This marks a significant increase from the 6.9% reported in 2021, highlighting the urgency for transformative measures. The EU is committed to tackling energy poverty but are current measures sufficient?
The conference “Combatting Energy Poverty in Europe: Towards an Inclusive and Just Energy Transition,” scheduled for 16 November in Brussels takes a closer look at energy poverty within the European private rented sector, encompassing an evaluation of existing EU policies and a forward-looking exploration of necessary enhancements. The sessions will focus on diverse tools, breakthrough initiatives and good practices to combat energy poverty. Furthermore, one session will focus on the Social Rental Agency model, a promising solution for connecting unoccupied apartments with disadvantaged households.
To bring together various experts, the conference will feature a distinguished panel of speakers representing the EU institutions, sister projects (such as EnergyMeasures, and ComAct) and the ENPOR pilot countries Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Croatia, Austria, Greece, and Estonia.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 889385.