On March 17, Interreg Europe organized a special Low Carbon Economy Day as part of its policy learning week. During that day, there were several sessions around the theme of the low carbon economy, with a workshop dedicated to energy poverty since it is estimated that 34 million people in the European Union are in a situation of energy poverty. With the COVID-19 pandemic and a recent dramatic increase in energy prices and inflation, energy poverty is skyrocketing up the political agenda. In addition to providing relief to energy-poor households, the support must also contribute to the transition from fossil fuels to sustainable energy. Therefore, this workshop aimed to inform participants about different approaches to address energy poverty, presenting European Union services to share knowledge (Interreg Europe, Energy Poverty Advisory Hub) and presenting a categorization of possible interventions. State-of-the-art examples of Interreg Europe pilot actions were provided, and proven interventions were presented as good practice.
POWERTY project participated in the sections:
- "Systematic summary of the measures to fight against energy poverty" where Joaquín Villar from the Andalusian Energy Agency (AEA) presented the POWERTY project.
- "Pilots" where Catherine Premat from the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Energy Environment Agency (AURA-EE) and Ruth Borrego from the Andalusian Energy Agency (AEA) presented the pilot actions are developing in the framework of POWERTY project.
- "Good practices" where Javier Becerra from QUANTICA RENOVABLES presented the good practice in the financial topic about QUANTICO financial model (here the link to this good practice)
- Recording and presentation here.