Energy poverty is broadly understood as the inability of households to afford basic energy services to guarantee a decent standard of living. Under Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU), EU countries must set up an energy efficiency obligation scheme that requires energy companies to achieve yearly energy savings of 1.5% of annual sales to final consumers. As such, energy companies need to design and implement measures that help final consumers improve the energy efficiency of their dwellings. A share of measures should be implemented as a priority among vulnerable households, including those affected by energy poverty, and where appropriate, in social housing.
The SocialWatt capacity building workshop will focus on how utilities, energy companies and social services can help alleviate energy poverty. Experts on energy poverty and representatives from utilities, academic institutions and social services will present their experience and knowledge.
This workshop is organised by SocialWatt, , a project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, which aims to enable obligated parties under Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive across Europe to develop, adopt, test and spread innovative schemes to alleviate energy poverty.
Decision Support Tools
SocialWatt supports utilities and energy suppliers to contribute to the fight against energy poverty through the use of decision support tools.
SocialWatt helps bridge the gap between energy companies and social services by promoting collaboration and implementing capacity building activities.
Implementation & Replication
SocialWatt facilitates the development, implementation and replication of innovative schemes in order to alleviate energy poverty.
IN A NUTSHELL
SocialWatt aims to enable obligated parties under Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive across Europe to develop, adopt, test and spread innovative schemes to alleviate energy poverty. The appropriate tools developed within the framework of SocialWatt aim to help utilities and energy suppliers effectively identify energy poor households, as well as develop and monitor schemes that focus on increasing the energy efficiency of these houses.