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Eliminating Energy Poverty Across Europe: Monitoring Progress for an Inclusive Energy Union

Energy poverty, described as the inability to afford an adequate heating regime in the household, is increasingly acknowledged as a pressing issue across Europe. The European Commission states that over 54 million people, or 11% of the European population, currently suffer from the consequences of energy poverty, the causes of which are multiple. Despite falling wholesale prices for gas and electricity, consumer costs have gradually increased. When combined with poor energy efficiency in many buildings and a squeeze in living standards, Europe’s citizenry has been left in the dark. Not only is tackling the issue of energy poverty now a moral societal imperative, it also plays a prominent role in Europe’s response to climate change, a secure energy union and the circular economy.

This timely symposium provides an invaluable opportunity to discuss the latest developments in tackling energy poverty at the European level. This symposium will explore the importance of reaching a common European strategy on energy poverty and discuss suitable pathways to balance energy market liberalisation and consumer protection. The symposium will also address the question of energy efficient building renovation, a key element of the fight against climate change. Public Policy Exchange supports the exchange of dialogue and ideas, welcoming delegates to engage in thought-provoking and topical debate.
Delegates Will

  • Examine the current progress made towards a common strategy to eliminate energy poverty in Europe
  • Explore possible innovative solutions and mechanisms for businesses to limit GHG emissions through energy efficiency measures and building renovation
  • Gain knowledge and insights on the future Clean Energy Package and the state of the Energy Union
  • Discuss the impact of Brexit on the Future of the Energy Union and examine possible pathways for future cross-border collaboration
  • Establish clear links between the implementation of EU Directives in the energy sector and the impact on businesses, consumers and the construction industry
  • Define ways to support national strategies via EU funding in order to foster energy market liberalisation
  • Promote inclusive measures to empower citizens and protect vulnerable consumers
  • Take part in lively and interactive discussions with key stakeholders in the field of energy policy and build lasting partnerships

Registration to the event is now open