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Good practices aiming to end energy poverty

We would like to offer you a selection of case studies presenting various good practices aiming to end energy poverty in Europe. We hope that by leading you through the presented projects, you will gain inspiration, useful, practical knowledge and information to have a stable start in launching your own projects and actions in your field.

As a policy maker, by reading through the diversity of the projects, when introducing new polices, you may reach a better understanding of how to approach the complex issue of energy poverty. As a practitioner at a ministerial or municipal department you may have a greater choice when starting new interventions to provide warmer homes for locals. While working for an NGO willing to develop new activities to improve energy-poor households by involving them actively, you may also find this useful as the first step in planning your project. University teachers and students can also expand their knowledge when teaching and learning about energy poverty throughout social work, social policy or public health and any household energy related studies.

The booklet presents projects delivering large scale physical interventions, offering energy advice, smart metering or financial support for energy poor households and finally bottom-up projects which actively involve the concerned households. Each case study provides an overview of the projects (and contacts with the leaderorganisation), presents the results and discusses lessons learnt through the projects. Success factors and elements of sustainability are also reviewed.

Though the present case studies will hopefully offer inspiration and very useful information, we highly recommend to plan wisely: develop policy changes or projects based on well-measured needs, then search for stable funding sources and good partners. Involvement of the energy-poor households from the planning phases could make your project even more successful. Stable knowledge on energy poverty is also crucial.

This booklet was created as a side project of the Energy Poverty Handbook, initiated and edited by the office of Tamás Meszerics (Member of the European Parliament), via the Greens/EFA group of the European Parliament. The Handbook offers a range of articles from practitioners and academics to present the complex issue of energy poverty, from its definitions, social and health effects through to the state of the European building stock and the landscape of energy poverty across Europe and its different regulatory aspects, along with European funding available for interventions and fields of actions.

The booklet contains all the case studies which were collected by Anna Bajomi (author of the article ‘How to tackle energy poverty − Good practices at a local level’) and Viola Shaini (trainee at the European Antipoverty Network) in the summer of 2016.