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Energy poverty in Greece. Policy developments and recommendations to tackle the phenomenon

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The Institute of Zero Energy Buildings published an enlightening report about energy poverty.


This report analyses energy poverty, unravels its strong link with energy transition and provides recommendations to tackle this issue.


In this report, you will find : 


  • An introduction to energy poverty
  • Energy poverty developments at EU and national levels
  • A survey conducted in 700 Greek households to identify the level of awareness regarding energy poverty phenomenon 
  • Policy recommendations to tackle energy poverty
  • Interviews with national and European Commission’s officials

It is estimated that more than 50 million households across Europe are affected by energy poverty.


The effects of the phenomenon manifest as limited or complete lack of access to basic energy services for households evidently unable to adequately heat cool or secure basic energy services in their residencies at affordable cost.


Consequently detrimental repercussions on citizens’ health and wellbeing as well as on the environment are brought on.


Following the intention of the European Union to establish an Observatory for data collection that will measure and monitor the prevalence of energy poverty, the former Vice-president of the Energy Union Mr. Maroš Šefčovič during his speech in January 2016 stated that on course to the energy transition from traditional energy fuels to renewable energy sources, the social aspects of this necessary, radical transformation of our energy systems should not be ignored and it is mandatory that measures be taken for the safeguarding of the weakest and most vulnerable citizens.