Energy Action is hosting its 8th annual Fuel Poverty Conference in Dublin on 21st October 2019 at the Croke Park Conference Centre.

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Mr. Richard Bruton TD, will open the Conference.

 

The theme of this year’s conference is “ Together We Thrive” and looks at how collaboration can bring positive change for the fuel poor. The problem of fuel poverty can be solved only through the joint efforts of community organisations, Government Departments, Local Authorities, energy companies and other groups working together as an expanded community.

This year’s Conference is set against the background of the Government’s recently published Climate Action Plan. In this Plan, the Government acknowledges the key role that communities will play in delivering the ambitious targets set out in the Plan. Citizen engagement at local level is recognised as an integral part of the process.

Energy Action is currently developing the conference programme and we will have a line-up of expert speakers from Ireland and abroad including Sorcha Edwards, Secretary General, Housing Europe; Josephine Maguire, SEAI; Brendan Tuohy, Dingle Hub, Kerry; Eugene Conlon, Dunleer Sustainable Energy Community, Louth; and Brian Whitington from the Scottish Isles community energy group Tighean Innse Gall.

The Conference will include a number of interactive Workshops to facilitate dialogue among community groups, social enterprises, policy makers, health experts, regulators, local authorities, energy companies and of course the various agencies supporting vulnerable people throughout Ireland.

Energy Action has advocated for many years on behalf of people living in fuel poverty. Fuel poverty is an enduring problem with widespread and severe impact, particularly on peoples’ health and wellbeing. It is estimated that 380,000 households are in fuel poverty in Ireland and over 50 million people in Europe cannot keep their home adequately warm.

I hope you can join us at this important event. I look forward to seeing you on the 21st October at the Croke Park Conference Centre.

We will be posting regular updates on the Conference over the coming weeks, including the latest news on speakers and workshops.

Brian McSharry

CEO Energy Action CLG

Who should attend?

Community groups and organisations; individuals; social enterprises; agencies supporting vulnerable people; policy makers; politicians; government departments and agencies; local authorities; councillors; energy companies; energy regulators; building contractors and suppliers; health experts; academics, researchers and students;

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