EUSEW Session - Multilevel and participatory action to tackle energy poverty
The clean energy transition is repeatedly called to be a just transition. It is commonly agreed that it should leave no one behind. If this is meant to be more than a simple tagline, combating energy poverty must not only be a European priority, but words now need to be followed by actions and people affected by energy poverty should have a say in processes designed to develop solutions and to make decisions about solving energy poverty.
The main objective of the session is to discuss the implementation of energy poverty provisions within the Clean Energy Package at the level of communities, cities, regions and member states. The emphasis will be on cross-sectoral integration of energy poverty policies within energy efficiency, housing, urban development, health and consumer protection policies. The session will discuss the policy and subsidiarity challenges that may arise in this context as well as the benefits of addressing energy poverty via integrated urban and regional approaches. We will highlight instances of best practice as well as the kinds of steps that Member States can take so as to mainstream energy policy at multiple governance levels. Through this session we intend to inform and influence the development of more democratic practices of decision making processes through strengthening the participation of NGOs and vulnerable consumers in monitoring of the causes, the state and consequences of energy poverty. The event will also provide evidence for the drivers that can be used to gather a broad support for ambitious policies to fight energy-poverty, such as air quality, climate adaptation, health costs and arrears on energy bills.
The objective will be pursued by suggesting to the speakers three guiding questions:
How to make energy poverty a priority at local and national levels?
How can vulnerable consumers participate in policy processes that aim at responding to energy poverty?
How to mainstream energy poverty in sectorial policies?
The session is targeted towards urban decision-makers, non-governmental organisations, advocacy and practitioner groups as well as private companies.