International Energy Poverty Action Week

From 21 to 25 February 2022, free virtual event on energy poverty called “Energy Poverty Action Week” will take place.

International Energy Poverty Week will bring together academics, policymakers, and practitioners in the field of energy poverty for a series of five seminars, discussion and workshops centered on finding actionable solutions to this global issue.

The program is as follows:

Day 1 will feature a seminar on the right to energy and a fair transition with a focus on people.

  • The ENGAGER Cost network has developed two tools to help combat energy poverty.
  • The Energy Right Toolkit offers recommendations for the implementation of such a right in practice, including practical aspects, contextual considerations, addressing discriminatory practices and ensuring energy accessibility.
  • A toolkit for a fair transition with a focus on people emphasizes the need for intersectional policies designed with the involvement of people who are energy poor. The need to build citizens’ trust and create better, fairer jobs in the energy sector will also be emphasized.

Day 2 will feature a seminar on Latin America: the right to energy, policy frameworks and differences in knowledge.

Day 3 will feature a seminar on Europe: Taking action to combat energy poverty and measuring its impact.

  • The first part of the seminar will explore some innovative approaches, from identifying and engaging with energy-poor households to funding and implementing technical solutions or establishing better policies and legal frameworks.
  • In the second, the academic community will present an insight into the measurement of energy poverty itself and an evaluation of the effectiveness of the measures applied.

Day 4 will feature a seminar on renewable energy, energy access and energy poverty in Asia.

  • Webinar and forum for questions and answers.

Day 5 will feature a seminar on Africa: increasing access to clean energy for sustainable development.

  • How to provide large numbers of people with access to quality energy? In Africa, almost 600 million people do not have access to electricity, and probably more. Various technologies and programs seek to increase the share of access to electricity from renewable sources. The seminar will present how access to clean energy, decentralized production from renewable energy sources and innovation address the intertwined challenges of human development and sustainable growth.

A more detailed overview of the program can be found at the following link:

https://www.energypovertyaction.org/programme/

You can register HERE.

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Pokrenut je Savjetodavni centar za energetsko siromaštvo (EPAH)

Događaj održan u sklopu pokretanja Savjetodavnog centra za energetsko siromaštvo (Energy Poverty Advisory Hub – EPAH) okupio je EU, nacionalne i lokalne dionike kako bi raspravili na koji način politike EU-a i EPAH pojačavaju napore u smanjenju energetskog siromaštva, posebno zato što su samo tranzicijske obveze potkrijepljene paketom Fit for 55 i budući da trenutno okruženje visokih cijena zahtijeva posebnu pozornost potrebe energetski siromašnih i ugroženih potrošača.

Savjetodavni centar za energetsko siromaštvo (EPAH) vodeća je inicijativa EU-a s vizijom da se iskorijeni energetsko siromaštvo i ubrza pravedna energetska tranzicija europskih lokalnih vlada. Događaj je predstavio lokalni pristup i višestruke usluge koje se općinama nudi kroz EPAH.

Jedna od tih usluga je i EPAH Atlas. EPAH ATLAS je internetska interaktivna baza podataka koja posjetiteljima omogućuje otkrivanje lokalnih i međunarodnih projekata kao i mjera koje se bave energetskim siromaštvom diljem svijeta. Savjetodavni centar za energetsko siromaštvo prikupilo je više od 200 inspirativnih slučajeva tijekom razdoblja istraživanja koje se odvijalo tijekom ove godine, Posjetitelji mogu istražiti interaktivnu kartu, vidjeti popis svih projekata i pročitati više informacija o bilo kojem slučaju. Popis brzih i naprednih filtara omogućuje posjetiteljima da pregledavaju slučajeve na jednostavan i učinkovit način. Atlas će kontinuirano rasti i pružati nove podatke. Epah Atlasu možete pristupiti OVDJE.

Osim toga, možete pročitati EPAH Izvještaj Borba protiv energetskog siromaštva kroz lokalne akcije ‒ Inspirativni slučajevi iz cijele Europe koji izdvaja 24 inspirativna slučaja u borbi protiv energetskog siromaštva. Slučajevi su raznoliki i ne postoje dva primjera koji se bave problematikom energetskog siromaštva na potpuno isti način.

Izvor slike: EPAH


A new analysis on the role of hydrogen in the energy transition has just come out!

The Spanish foundation Fundación Renovables has published a new analysis entitled “The role of hydrogen in the energy transition. Analysis and positioning.

The analysis clearly points out that hydrogen should play a complementary role in electrifying final energy consumption. The analysis emphasizes that the only solution in the energy transition is sustainable hydrogen generated by electrolysis of water where electricity is 100% produced from renewable energy sources, and the hydrogen production should be carried out at points as close as possible to its consumption.

Hydrogen injection into the gas grid should be avoided in order to avoid the use of fossil fuels and to avoid reducing the hydrogen energy value. The analysis clearly seeks to show that any alternative to hydrogen aggravates the problem and slows down the achievement of a zero-emission economy.

 

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The analysis explains that hydrogen produced from renewable energy sources has a future in decarbonisation, but should take into account the fact that such a solution must be developed rationally in accordance with the technological maturity that international organizations position only after 2030, which is why energy companies’ proposals about such solutions and media expectations are not coherent.


The new report about barriers preventing investment in energy efficiency measures in Europe’s Private Rented Sector

The new report was published as part of the ENPOR project entitled “Structural Factors Impacting Energy Efficiency Policy Implementation in the European Private Rented Sector”.

This report examines the structural barriers preventing investment in energy efficiency measures in Europe’s Private Rented Sector housing stock. The analysis is undertaken with reference to the broader trends in private renting, the regulatory landscape that currently exists, and the need to reduce social vulnerability and income poverty more generally. The analysis consists of an introduction detailing historical and geographical trends in Europe, using case studies and elaborating upon research and policy analysis from previous ENPOR project reports. Partners from the ENPOR Consortium also provided expert situated viewpoints, which were drawn together to provide a holistic overview of factors contributing to the key barriers, as well as suggesting potential solutions from a multi-stakeholder perspective, supplemented by the survey’s findings.

Little data exists on the private rented sector in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe countries. In Hungary, a 2000 study found that no statistical data existed on the private rented sector, although rates tended to be under 10% (Erdosi et al., 2000), whilst in Croatia, according to the report “Housing Policy Reforms in Post-Socialist Europe”, is suggested that sector is functioning within the informal economy to a large extent

As a result of a lack of data collection on the sector, lack of attention by state policies, and general data gap, the sector continues to operate largely informally and with the “negative corresponding attributes of grey market activity”. If it is not known how many people use the rented sector as housing, or if it is not adequately addressed by government policies, it will be difficult to properly target vulnerable tenants in private rented sector, or to create policies which address the specific needs of these stakeholders in general terms or with regards to energy efficiency, if they are politically and structurally invisible.


Online Conference - Look what the neighbours are doing! Communities shaping sustainability

On September 14th, 2021, from 09:00 am to 5:00 pm (CEST), SMARTEES conference will be held where attendees will learn about state of the art insights on how to support communities and strengthen local democracy to achieve sustainable energy- and mobility transitions. This will be the final conference of the H2020 funded SMARTEES project on social innovation in energy and mobility transitions. SMARTEES – Social Innovation Modelling Approaches to Realizing Transition to Energy Efficiency and Sustainability – supports the energy transition and policy design by developing policy pathways that foster citizen inclusion.

Find a detailed programme and registration link HERE.

Picture source: https://local-social-innovation.eu/


Webinar - LIFE: EU Funding Opportunities for Companies

PNO Innovation, Europe’s largest independent innovation and public funding consultancy, is organizing a free online webinar LIFE: EU Funding Opportunities for Companies. The webinar will take place on August 31st and September 6th, 2021 (11:00-12:00 CEST), and it will address the opportunities for companies offered by the LIFE calls for Standard Action Projects (SAPs), with a focus on the following overarching themes:

• Environmental management

• Resource efficiency

• Emission reduction.

The webinar is free of charge, but prior registration is required.

Webinar agenda:

  • 11:00 – Introduction and LIFE Programme overview
  • 11:15 – Call modalities and application process
  • 11:30 – Q&A


Climate Alliance International Conference 2021: Localising the European Green Deal

Climate Alliance International Conference 2021: Localising the European Green Deal
8 – 10 September 2021 | Wels (Austria) and online

With its newly minted Green Deal, the European Union is striving to become the first truly climate neutral continent by 2050, setting the course in fields ranging from biodiversity and agriculture to sustainable energy, construction and mobility. While the EU’s wide-ranging and ambitious goals will have a direct influence on municipal activities, our local action will, perhaps even more importantly, also be a decisive factor in the European Green Deal’s success. How we interpret these lofty plans and fill them with life on the local level is thus of the essence. How do we shape the future we want? How do we turn the challenges we face into opportunities for a better world?

This edition of the Climate Alliance International Conference will explore how municipalities across Europe are already building on EU climate policy by making it tangible, working with stakeholders from around the corner and around the globe towards a just and inclusive transition for all.

The 2021 Climate Alliance International Conference is being made possible both online and in  Wels (Austria) with the cooperation and support of the State of Upper Austria, the City of Wels, Climate Alliance Upper Austria and Climate Alliance Austria.

Register here: https://www.climatealliance.org/events/international-conference/2021-registration.html.

Source: https://www.climatealliance.org/events/international-conference/2021-conference.html


Workshop on Energy Poverty: Why is it important and how can municipalities fight it?

The Covenant of Mayors Europe joined forces with the ENPOR Project and the EU Energy Poverty Advisory Hub to organise a workshop entitled:

“Energy Poverty: Why is it important and how can municipalities fight it?” as part of the Climate Alliance International Conference on 9 September 2021, 14:00-15:30 CET online |Register here: http://ow.ly/qJWz50FJYFS.

The current pandemic has shown the urgent need to tackle energy poverty if we are to create a social Europe that meets the needs of all its inhabitants. Municipalities also have a key role to play in fighting energy poverty by making energy services such as heating and cooling affordable and through measures that help their citizens to use less energy in the first place. This workshop will explore the key drivers and barriers to alleviate energy poverty as well as solutions in a municipal setting.

The Workshop will take place in English and online, no fee involved, registration required (open until 2nd of September 2021).


The first round of POWERPOOR Training Programmes for the first Energy Supporters and Mentors has been just completed!

The first Training Programmes especially designed for the POWERPOOR Energy Supporters and Mentors have been successfully implemented in 6 POWERPOOR pilot countries – in Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece, Latvia, Portugal and Spain. Similar training programmes will be held in the coming months in the other two pilot countries, Estonia and Croatia.

During these training activities, we discussed about the phenomenon of energy poverty, the concepts, and the policies available to alleviate it at national and European level in conjunction with the POWERPOOR project’s approach and goals.

The role of Energy Supporters and Mentors and the POWERPOOR’s Energy Poverty Alleviation Toolkit was extensively analysed.

By the end of July 2021, the first Energy Supporters and Mentors will be also certified and will be fully ready to support and engage energy poor households at local level.

Read more about this news: https://mailchi.mp/dacb10a03f06/1st-powerpoor-news-update-5178082.


Save the date - Workshop "Energy Poverty: Why is it important and how can municipalities fight it?"

9 September, 14:00 to 15:30 | Online | (EN)

The current pandemic has shown the urgent need to tackle energy poverty if we are to create a social Europe that meets the needs of all its inhabitants. Municipalities also have a key role in making energy services such as heating and cooling affordable by setting up and supporting measures that contribute to using less energy and empower citizens to reduce energy poverty. This workshop will explore the key drivers and barriers to alleviate energy poverty as well as solutions in a municipal setting. 

The Workshop will be moderated by Eva Suba, who welcomes questions on the topic: https://www.climatealliance.org/events/international-conference/2021-programme/2021-programme-9-september.html#c4277

Registration: https://www.climatealliance.org/events/international-conference/2021-registration.html