Energy Action is hosting a European Energy Poverty Conference in Dublin, Ireland on 29th March 2018 at the Croke Park Conference Centre.
The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Mr. Denis Naughten TD, will open the Conference
Energy Action had advocated for many years on behalf of people living in energy poverty and has worked closely with Community Groups, Government Departments, Local Authorities, researchers and energy companies in searching for solutions that are helping to take people out of energy poverty. This is Energy Action’s 7th annual energy poverty conference and the title of this year’s conference is “European Energy Poverty Conference – A United Approach”. I look forward to welcoming you to our Conference on 29th March.
Exciting new European initiative
It is estimated that 50 million Europeans live in energy poverty which is associated with more than 30,000 excess winter deaths in Europe per year. Despite energy poverty being an enduring problem with widespread and severe impact, up to now there has been no common European strategy for tackling it.
Change is on the way.
What is new? The new European energy market rules now oblige all Member States to measure and monitor energy poverty and report to the Commission every two years. In addition, the Commission will facilitate best practice sharing on how to fight energy poverty, through the recently established European Energy Poverty Observatory (EPOV).
The European Commission recently awarded a service contract to Dr Harriet Thomson and Professor Stefan Bouzarovski at the University of Manchester to develop the Observatory. The overarching aim of the Observatory is to engender transformational change in the availability of information about the socio-economic extent of energy poverty in Europe, and measures to combat it.
Energy Action is delighted to be a part of this ground-breaking group of energy poverty organisations involved in the Observatory project and we will use the expertise we have accumulated over many years to work with our European partners to help find sustainable solutions.
We are delighted that Dr Harriet Thomson and Professor Stefan Bouzarovski have agreed to be our keynote speakers at the Conference. They will outline the role and ambitions for EPOV and their relationship with the European Commission and Member States in tackling this problem.
We are currently developing the conference programme and we are committed to having an exciting line up of distinguished presenters from Ireland and abroad including Dr. Brenda Boardman, Emeritus Fellow at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute and Sorcha Edwards, Secretary General Housing Europe. The Conference will include a number of interactive workshops. We will be sending updates over the coming weeks.
A United Approach
The united approach is about people coming together from all parts of Europe and beyond to find solutions to fuel poverty. I hope you can join us at this important event which will draw delegates from over 20 countries. I look forward to seeing you in Dublin on the 29th March at the Croke Park Conference Centre.
Brian Mc Sharry
CEO Energy Action – Dublin, Ireland
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