A socially fair transition towards a climate-neutral Union by 2050 is central to the European Green Deal. This is even more important in the current high energy price context. It means tackling inequality and energy poverty through structural measures. Tackling energy poverty and a successful energy transition complement each other and can’t materialise without both. Measures aimed at reaching the energy targets, such as greater efficiency through housing renovations, can greatly contribute to addressing the structural causes of energy poverty.
As the EU’s leading initiative on local action addressing energy poverty, the Energy Poverty Advisory Hub (EPAH) will be the main platform for local authorities and practitioners who aim to reduce energy poverty. Direct support and a variety of online tools will be made available, based on research results and collected experience on the ground. The Hub is about optimising an action-based approach, adjusted to the diverse needs of municipalities across Europe.
This event will raise awareness as to how EU policies and this dedicated initiative are stepping up energy poverty alleviation efforts, particularly as just transition commitments are bolstered by the Fit for 55 package, and as the current high price environment requires particular attention to the needs of the energy poor and vulnerable consumers. Through high-level presentations, interactive debates and workshops, the event will create an enabling environment of sharing good practices that identify both opportunities and challenges perceived from different levels of governance.