Energy poverty: inclusive clean energy transition and best practice
For the energy transition to succeed, it needs to be inclusive and benefit everyone in society, including the vulnerable and energy poor. And yet energy and climate policies are often blamed for higher energy prices and the increasing levels of energy poverty we have seen in recent years. The session will discuss the challenge of achieving a clean energy transition that does not leave anyone behind. It will suggest a fairer approach to funding a low carbon energy system, and showcase how the local authorities have reduced CO2 emissions though measures that have also tackled energy poverty. The session will include a presentation of examples of local projects aiming at alleviating energy poverty from the Covenant of Mayors and beyond. The session will also be an opportunity to discuss available EU policy assistance, including the Energy Poverty Observatory and what is needed to make it more effective.