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Understanding energy poverty in Europe

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One of the objective of the EPBD recast is to support the Member State in defining strategies to struggle against energy poverty.

More than 50 million households in the European Union have difficulties in paying their energy bills and in keeping their homes in warm and healthy conditions.

Even if a comprehensive overview is still missing, energy poverty is an important phenomenon that is becoming one of the priority in the agenda of the EU Commission, as demonstrated in the 'Clean Energy for All Europeans' legislative package as well as in the EPBD recast.

Therefore, at the beginning of 2018, the EU Commission appointed a consortium coordinated by the University of Manchester to create a EU Energy Poverty Observatory. It is aimed at providing a user-friendly and open-access resource that will promote public engagement on the issue of energy poverty, disseminate information and good practice, facilitate knowledge sharing among stakeholders, as well as support informed decision-making at local, national and EU level.

Keep updated and visit the EU Observatory on Energy Poverty.