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Lunch talk - A safe winter for all: sharing experiences of local energy saving actions from EU municipalities

Discover the highlights of the discussion and the take-away messages.

The current geopolitical context is challenging the energy system in Europe. The consequences of the economic and energy crisis are hitting European citizens hard. The rising energy prices are indeed increasing the pressure on the most vulnerable people and are accentuating energy poverty situations.

Structural measures, as Fit for 55 packages and the recent REPowerEU plan, set the long-term path to make Europe independent from Russian fossil fuels before 2030 and achieve climate neutrality by 2050. However, emergency and short-term measures must be taken to address the direct consequences of the crisis, the most important of which is the increase of energy prices. Alongside the Save Gas for a Safe Winter plan, proposed by the Commission to reduce gas consumption, local governments are responding to the challenges to help vulnerable consumers against energy shortages and rising energy prices by adopting extraordinary measures and practical solutions.

This lunch talk is the opportunity to learn more about EU municipalities’ experiences and practices in emergency energy measures to prepare for winter extreme energy conditions, with a focus on how vulnerable consumers are taken into account in these emergency measures. This discussion should lead to get inspiration on how to take actions in local contexts regarding the rising energy poverty.

The webinar will take place on 14 November from 13:30 to 14:30 CEST  online. It is jointly organised by the Energy Poverty Advisory Hub (EPAH), the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy Europe and the ENPOR project (Energy poor households in the private rented sector).

To join our lunch talk, register here.


13:30 – Introduction

13:35 – Keynote speech by Dr. Sofia-Natalia Boemi, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

13:45 – The last one turns off the light: how Austria saves energy. Presentation by Kerstin Schlicher, Austrian Energy Agency, about: 

  • Measures by the Federal government: Mission 11: Government campagn to save 11% energy by behaviour change | Get out of oil: subsidies for private, one- and two-family houses, multi-storey residential buildings
  • Focus on energy poor households: increase of housing umbrella | New counselling formats and further training series (social energy counselling with a focus on support services, low-threshold energy-saving counselling, contact points) | Appliance exchange campaign
  • Actions in municipalities: leading by example | How municipalities save energy

13:55 – Open conversation with municipalities on emergency energy saving measures for energy poor households. Sharing experiences, challenges and opportunities

14:25 – Conclusion

  • energy supply | energy cooperation | emergency response | energy market
  • Monday 14 November 2022, 13:30 - 14:30 (CET)
  • Online only

Practical information

Monday 14 November 2022, 13:30 - 14:30 (CET)
Online only
Energy Poverty Advisory Hub | Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy Europe | ENPOR
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