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Energy Action is holding its 6th Annual Fuel Poverty Conference on Monday 6th March 2017 at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland. This year’s conference will highlight the need to eliminate fuel poverty, addressing the thermal needs of low-income households, especially during our cold winters. Tackling Fuel Poverty is a priority not just in Ireland but also across Europe. Indeed, countries are subject to significant fines if they do not achieve their CO2 emissions targets by 2020. Effective solutions will be identified and discussed by stakeholders including policy makers, energy suppliers, and contractors.

This year, the main theme of the conference is the link between Fuel Poverty and Climate Action. Expert speakers Professor John Sweeney, Maynooth and Fr. Séan McDonagh will present on this topic. We are also delighted to have a discussion on Health and Energy Poverty. Malachy Corcoran from the Department of Health and Ken Cleary from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment will explain how a warm, dry home can lead to improvements in health.

In the afternoon session, Dr. Harriet Thomson and Adrian Joyce will discuss the need to effectively measure and monitor Fuel Poverty across Europe including building standards.  The conference will also have a number of interactive workshops with expert speakers leading the discussions on a number of important topics such as behavior change and smart meters.

Our Fuel Poverty Conference hopes to build bonds that will lead to an integrated approach to eliminating fuel poverty.

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