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The 2GENDERS project focuses on energy poverty in Belgium. The project will describe the phenomenon and the populations affected, ascertain the wider associations, if any, between energy poverty and social relations, mobility and self-reported health, and design and deliberate possible interventions with a range of important stakeholders including the energy poor. Particular attention will be paid to gender and generational aspects of energy poverty because there is good reason to believe that energy poverty is not manifested equally between genders and generations – for example single mothers and older people may be more affected. The final aim of the project is to provide policy makers with a set of theoretically and empirically informed policy options and recommendations to alleviate both the occurrence of energy poverty in Belgium, and its effects.

Accompany cities in energy strategy (ACCENT)

Tags: Area-based targetingMunicipalities

In this project, a tool is developed that will allow local public administrations to define energy strategies at city scale based on the estimated energy consumption of the buildings. The tool will enable the city to locate areas where buildings have low energy efficiency and those areas where there is a high percentage of domestic energy poverty.

Building retrofit potential (ENERFUND)

Tags: Area-based targetingMunicipalities

This project is developing a tool that will rate and score deep renovation opportunities – like a credit score used by banks to rate clients. The tool will be based on a set of parameters such as EPC data, number of certified installers, governmental schemes running, etc. When used by municipalities, this can be used e.g. to prioritise the most energy inefficient buildings for retrofitting.

Calculating and Operationalising the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency in Europe (COMBI)

The improvement of energy efficiency in Europe aims at reducing overall energy consumption. The implementation of energy efficiency measures can have other “non-energy” socio-economic and environmental effects such as effects on energy poverty, which will be quantified in this project. The main outcome will be a web based tool with statistics and graphical analysis of data in all member states.

Chair of Energy and Poverty (Cátedra de Energía y Pobreza)

Tags: CommunitiesEnergy auditsEquity and justiceVulnerability

Comillas Pontifical University, through its School of Engineering (ICAI) and with the collaboration of a group of companies in the energy sector and social partners (NGOs and organizations), created the Chair of Energy and Poverty. This was constituted in a privileged environment from which it is possible to give coherence to studies, legislative proposals, training and dissemination actions that contribute to mitigation and ideally the eradication of energy poverty in Spain.

From the Chair of Energy and Poverty, we want to make an important contribution to the search and implementation of solutions to the problem of poverty and specifically in its aspect related to energy. To make this, we develop our activity in two directions: (1) to carry out bottom-up interdisciplinary research and (2) to serve as a meeting point to facilitate contact between entities and people involved in the fight against energy poverty.

The goal of this interdisciplinary investigation is not only to group together different investigation areas (engineering, social work, law, business), but also to create a knowledge interchange to contribute to the solution of energy poverty. This allows a broader view of the issue than the approach of a single discipline. A key point in this line of work is the combination of general approaches with the particular ones that begin with direct contact with the problem of poverty linked to energy.

Consumer empowerment in a smart meter world (SMART-UP)

Tags: Energy auditsSmart metersSocial workersVulnerability

The SMART-UP project encourages the active use of smart meters and in-home displays by vulnerable consumers to change their energy behaviour. Social workers and other frontline staff have been trained to advise and empower vulnerable households to become more energy efficient. The target is to engage 5,000 vulnerable households in total.