In cooperation with Power Poor project, the European Environmental Bureau, The Right to Energy Coalition and the EU Energy Poverty Advisory Hub, EmpowerMed’s partners are pleased to organise a political session on Energy poverty, gender and health in the European Parliament on the 29th March, 13:00 – 15:00.
In the coastal areas of Mediterranean countries, the challenge of energy poverty comes with several specific features. The most notable is that during the summer season, energy poverty appears because of poor access to adequately cooled dwellings.
Women and women-led households are disproportionately affected by energy poverty. Yet, women are a crucial actor in tackling energy poverty, hence their engagement in acting against energy poverty is of utmost importance.
Research shows that energy poverty has significant impacts on people’s health. Health effects associated with energy poverty include anxiety, stress and depression but also increased physical problems and greater mortality rate.
To address these challenges, H2020 project EmpowerMed - Empowering women to take action against energy poverty in the Mediterranean - tackles energy poverty and helps improve health of people in the coastal areas of Mediterranean countries, with a particular focus on women. After empowering over 4000 households affected by energy poverty from Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Albania to manage their energy consumption and improve their access to appropriate energy resources, the project is now opening a policy dialogue on how to align policies and measures to tackle energy poverty, improve health of people and provide a stronger support for women.
- energy cooperation | gender equality | health costs
- European Parliament
- EmpowerMed | POWERPOOR | European Environmental Bureau | Right to Energy Coalition | EU Energy Poverty Advisory Hub
- EmpowerMed's website