5 September 2017 –
Energy poverty, described as the inability to afford an adequate heating regime in the household, is increasingly acknowledged as a pressing issue across Europe. The European Commission states that over 54 million people, or 11% of the European population, currently suffer from the consequences of energy poverty, the causes of which are multiple. Despite falling wholesale prices for gas and electricity, consumer costs have gradually increased. When combined with poor energy efficiency in many buildings and a squeeze in living standards, Europe’s citizenry has been left in the dark. Not only is tackling the issue of energy poverty now a moral societal imperative, it also plays a prominent role in Europe’s response to climate change, a secure energy union and the circular economy.
The event will explore the importance of reaching a common European strategy on energy poverty and discuss suitable pathways to balance energy market liberalisation and consumer protection. The symposium will also address the question of energy efficient building renovation, a key element of the fight against climate change. Public Policy Exchange supports the exchange of dialogue and ideas, welcoming delegates to engage in thought-provoking and topical debate.
Tamás Meszerics, Member of the European Parliament
Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, Research Fellow, European Energy and Defense Policy, Jacques Delors Institute
Marina Varvesi, Representative, SMART-UP Project, National Energy Action