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


U sklopu Powerpoor projekta izrađeno je izvješće o trenutnom stanju energetskog siromaštva

U sklopu POWERPOOR projekta izrađeno je izvješće o trenutnom stanju energetskog siromaštva u 8 pilot država projekta (Bugarska, Hrvatska, Estonija, Grčka,, Latvija, Mađarska, Portugal i Španjolska). Kvantitativni i kvalitativni podaci koji se nalaze u Izvješću predstavljaju osnovne podatke kojima se mogu definirati ciljna područja za ublažavanje energetskog siromaštva i sprječavanje njegovih simptoma.

Ovdje možete pročitati cijelo Izvješće.

D4.2 služit će kao analiza temeljena na podacima koja definira potrebna ciljna područja za ublažavanje energetskog siromaštva i sprječavanje njegovih simptoma, a koristit će se prije tri ciklusa angažmana za mapiranje situacije u pilot zemljama projekta.

Ovo je izvješće strukturirano na sljedeći način:

  • odjeljak 2 predstavlja osnovno stanje energetskog siromaštva u osam pilot zemalja POWERPOOR-a;
  • odjeljak 3 predstavlja analizu postojećih usvojenih nacionalnih okvira politike koji uključuju ciljeve vezane uz energetsko siromaštvo i analizu specifičnih mjera sektorske politike u svakoj zemlji i služi kao opći okvir u 8 pilot zemalja POWERPOOR-a;
  • odjeljak 4 predstavlja pregled uloga dionika u sudjelovanju i podršci POWERPOOR aktivnostima;
  • odjeljak 5 predstavlja sažetak svih podataka koji se odnose na POWERPOOR priručnik uzimajući u obzir energetski siromašna kućanstva / podskupine prepoznate kao ranjive skupine građana ili za koje se smatra da se suočavaju s rizikom energetskog siromaštva.


Online event | Tackling energy poverty and air pollution

Proper combustion of fuels is essential to minimise impacts on air quality and for efficient use of energy. In large parts of Europe, low-income households often suffer from a combination of poor domestic heating systems, insufficient insulation and limited financial resources to access sustainable energy services.

The online event “Tackling energy poverty and air pollution” focuses on the tight connections between air quality and energy poverty and the multiple wins that household energy renovations have for the vulnerable energy consumers. The event is organised by the Energy Poverty Advisory Hub (EPAH) as a partner event of the EU Green Week 2021.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Ina Karova, sustainable development expert at the Energy Agency of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
  • João Pedro Gouveia, Senior Researcher, PhD at CENSE, FCT-NOVA University of Lisbon.

Register for the event to join online on 3 June 2021 at 13:30 pm CEST.

EPAH is an EU initiative bringing together five partners and seven national organisations with the vision to eradicate energy poverty and accelerate the just energy transition of European regions, cities, towns and villages.


Podcast Episode on housing policies and Energy Vulnerability

Is the #RenovationWave on track to address the complexity of fuel poverty? European policies seem to be getting a better grasp of the phenomenon. Still, even today, although #energypoverty and vulnerability are getting more and more attention, many factors remain entirely unexplored. This is particularly the case for the private rented sector. Marine Cornelis recorded a podcast episode to discuss this issue with Manon Burbidge and Professor Stefan Bouzarovski.

They discuss the findings of their Report on energy poverty in the private rented sector as part of the #ENPOR project.

Listen here: https://anchor.fm/energethic/episodes/Housing-policies-should-focus-on-the-people-who-live-in-them–with-Stefan-Bouzarovski-and-Manon-Burbidge–ENPOR-project-ets6aj