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Role and Mission

The EU Energy Poverty Observatory (EPOV) was a 40-month project that commenced in December 2016. Its principal mission is to engender transformational change in knowledge about the extent of energy poverty in Europe, and innovative policies and practices to combat it. The creation of an Energy Poverty Observatory is part of the European Commission’s policy efforts to address energy poverty across EU countries. The Observatory aimed in particular to:

  • Improve transparency by bringing together the disparate sources of data and knowledge that exist in varying degrees across the whole of the EU;
  • Provide a user-friendly and open-access resource that will promote public engagement as well as informed decision making by local, national and EU-level decision makers;
  • Enable networking and facilitate knowledge sharing and co-production among Member States and relevant stakeholders;
  • Disseminate information and organise outreach work that will connect and build on existing pan-European and Member State initiatives in the energy poverty domain;
  • Provide technical assistance to the widest possible range of interested parties, based on a holistic approach to understanding and addressing energy poverty in the European Union.

To achieve these objectives, the Observatory provided a range of useful resources, including an indicator dashboard, evidence repository, catalogue of practical policies and measures, training material, members’ directory, and discussion forums.