Energy poverty and the future costs under the Energy Efficiency Directive: the role of article 7 policies

The event organised by IEECP allowed gathering members of the European Commission, European Parliament and National Ministries to discuss key results from projects and initiatives on the topic of energy poverty and the role of policies to alleviate it. 

Speakers discussed the role of the Fit-for-55 package, Art7 EED policies as well as EU funds and their impacts on low-income groups. They also exchanged how the multiple indicators that capture the dimensions of energy poverty are a result of these policies.

The event discussed the following: 

  • The role of the Fit-for-55 policies (new energy efficiency targets, phasing out of new fossil fuel boilers, Minimum Energy Performance Standards, and potential interactions with the proposed ETS for buildings), 
  • The impacts on low-income groups and the importance of Art7 EED policies to alleviate the burden, as well as the importance of multiple indicators for capturing the dimensions of energy poverty as a result of these policies. 
  • Adverse impacts of these policies and the role of the EU funds to alleviate the burden to the low-income groups. 

The agenda took place as follows:  

  • Framing the relationship of energy efficiency and energy poverty, Stefan Bouzarovski (University of Manchester)  
  • Interventions from the EU Parliament on the EED recast, the definitions of energy poverty and the means for tackling the issue, Petros Kokkalis (MEP – GUE/NGL)  
  • Interventions from the EU Commission DG ENER on the new Art8 EED and its role on energy poverty, Anne Katherine Weidenbach (EC, DG ENER)  
  • Intervention from the ENSMOV project on the outcome of incumbent Art7 EED policies in the EU regarding energy poverty, Samuel Thomas (RAP)  
  • Intervention from the ENPOR project: Are policies under the EED suitable for capturing energy poverty in the Private Rented Sector?, Karina Knaus (Austrian Energy Agency)  
  • Intervention on the Adverse impacts on low-income groups in the Fit-for-55 measures and the role of EU financing for the forthcoming Art8 EED policies, Vlasis Oikonomou (IEECP) 

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