Comillas Pontifical University, through its School of Engineering (ICAI) and with the collaboration of a group of companies in the energy sector and social partners (NGOs and organizations), created the Chair of Energy and Poverty. This was constituted in a privileged environment from which it is possible to give coherence to studies, legislative proposals, training and dissemination actions that contribute to mitigation and ideally the eradication of energy poverty in Spain.
From the Chair of Energy and Poverty, we want to make an important contribution to the search and implementation of solutions to the problem of poverty and specifically in its aspect related to energy. To make this, we develop our activity in two directions: (1) to carry out bottom-up interdisciplinary research and (2) to serve as a meeting point to facilitate contact between entities and people involved in the fight against energy poverty.
The goal of this interdisciplinary investigation is not only to group together different investigation areas (engineering, social work, law, business), but also to create a knowledge interchange to contribute to the solution of energy poverty. This allows a broader view of the issue than the approach of a single discipline. A key point in this line of work is the combination of general approaches with the particular ones that begin with direct contact with the problem of poverty linked to energy.