Tackling energy poverty at the local level requires a wide range of expertise. The Energy Poverty Advisory Hub (EPAH) brings together five partner organisations from across Europe with the ambition to embrace the multi-sector dimension of energy.
Climate Alliance - Belgium and Germany
Climate Alliance is the largest European city network dedicated to climate action and climate justice. With over 1800 members ranging from small rural towns to cities with populations in the millions, Climate Alliance works to combat climate change as a global challenge that requires local solutions.
In the field of energy poverty, Climate Alliance leads the Energy Poverty Advisory Hub and the Covenant of Mayors energy poverty activities to ensure a great outreach through Europe and reach out to a large number of local actors; provide a unique bridge with the Covenant of Mayors Office; engage experts and identify innovative approaches through the several energy poverty projects in which the organisation is involved.
AISFOR - Italy
AISFOR is an Italian knowledge and capacity building company established in Rome in January 2005. It is specialised in the green sector, carrying out socio-technical research and adult-vocational training initiatives.
In the last decade, AISFOR has focused its activities on energy efficiency, especially on energy poverty by participating in European working groups on energy poverty and contributing to deliver several European projects such as ASSIST, SMART-UP, COOLtoRISE and TIGER. On EPAH, AISFOR will contribute to all activities related to the initiative, in particular to the training course.
Akaryon - Austria
Akaryon is a software development and IT company specialised in environmental topics and research for sustainability in a local and international level. For more than 20 years, the Austrian based enterprise (SME) specialises in web-based/mobile applications with a focus on sustainability topics. CO2 calculators, energy simulations, data management and calculation of further ecological indicators, awareness building and training tools are part of the portfolio. To do so, the team combines knowledge in Mathematics, Statistics, ICT, environmental and economic informatics, didactics and further disciplines.
Ecoserveis - Spain
Ecoserveis is a non-profit organisation working on the energy challenges affecting society. For more than 15 years, Ecoserveis has been tackling energy poverty as practitioners, providing support and innovation in public services for an optimal response to energy poverty and delivering energy poverty projects to local authorities from small villages to big metropolitan areas. Within EPAH, Ecoserveis will give support to municipalities and their technical assistance on energy poverty.
NOVA School of Science and Technology of NOVA University of Lisbon (FCT NOVA) is one of the most prestigious engineering and science public school in Portugal and Europe. The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research is an excellent ranked research center focusing on science & innovation on the interaction between human and ecological systems for sustainable development, taking interdisciplinary and systemic approaches. EU mitigation and energy policies towards carbon neutrality and climate resilience are key research fields.
The team is at the front line of energy poverty research at national and local level, based on analytical, technological and social extensive expertise, namely through training and stakeholders’ engagement with public and private organisations, knowledge disseminating, and dialogue between politics and science.
Anatoliki - Greece
ANATOLIKI SA is a development agency that acts as a Center for the Development of Human Resource and the Strengthening of the Local Economy in the wider area of Thessaloniki. ANATOLIKI SA’s establishment in May 1995, was a result of the region’s characteristics and rate of growth, such as the dynamic coexistence of all the sectors of the economy, rapid land use and land value changes, residential pressure and the concentration of service activities of the urban area of Thessaloniki.
Ashoka - Romania
Ashoka is an international non-profit organisation with the vision to create a world where everyone is a changemaker. Over the past 40 years, Ashoka has devoted its energy to discover and support the most innovative entrepreneurial solutions to tackle social and environmental challenges. Nowadays, Ashoka counts over 3800 Fellows in over 93 countries. In addition to selecting and supporting the so-called Ashoka Fellows, the organisation attempts to amplify the impact of their solutions and to deepen the co-creation of new solutions by promoting collaboration between social entrepreneurs, companies, and the public authority.
3 Counties Energy Agency (3CEA) - Ireland
3cea is a non-profit, independent energy agency working primarily in Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford. 3cea is leading the national fight against climate change. EU countries have agreed on a new 2030 Framework for climate and energy, including EU-wide targets and policy objectives for the period between 2020 and 2030. These targets aim to help us to achieve a more competitive, secure and sustainable energy system and to meet our long-term 2050 greenhouse gas reductions target. 3cea is committed to helping to achieve these challenging targets in Ireland ensuring that all citizens in the region will have simplified access to supports to deep retrofit their homes (grants, advice, finance).
Cyprus Energy Agency (CEA) - Cyprus
CEA is an independent non-profit organisation with the vision to a just, inclusive and climate-resilient Cyprus, governed by the principles of sustainability. CEA was initially co-funded under the EC programme “Intelligent Energy for Europe” and the Cyprus Union of Communities between 2009 and 2012. Since then it has become an information point for the local society, providing education and vocational training aiming to contribute actively to the conservation of resources, the protection of the environment, and the improvement of the quality of life. It collaborates with local, European, and international organisations, contributing to innovation, research, and sustainable development. CEA enhances the role of local authorities in sustainable energy planning, providing technical support for developing and implementing actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
DOOR is a civil society organisation founded in 2003 with the mission to promote sustainable development principles in all segments of society, at the local, regional and national level, primarily in the field of energy. DOOR’s aim is to contribute to achieving just and carbon-neutral society, adapted to unavoidable climate change without energy poverty, in which the public takes part in delivering, monitoring and evaluating public policies, and sustainable energy plays an important role in social, economic and ecological development and decreasing poverty.
DOOR operates within the two programme areas: climate change mitigation and adaptation and energy poverty alleviation. In general, DOOR aims to contribute to achieving low carbon society, adapted to unavoidable climate change without energy poverty.
Polish Network of Energy Cities - Poland
The Association of Municipalities Polish Network "Energy Cities" (PNEC) is a non-government and non-profit organisation cooperating with local governments for shaping the local low-carbon economy, efficient energy and renewable energy use as well as environmental education and climate protection. Since 1994, the network gathers numerous municipalities and cities all over Poland, being leaders in sustainable development, and also supporting members – branch companies. The Association is a collective member of the European Network "Energy Cities" with its headquarters in France.
Sofia Energy Center - Bulgaria
Since 1997, the Sofia Energy Centre (SEC) consultancy is specialised in energy efficiency and renewable energy project consultations, information dissemination and promotion of the benefits of new innovative energy technologies mainly in the fields of decentralised energy production from RES, energy efficiency in buildings and transport, and clean fossil fuel technologies.
SEC has gained experience in the field of consumer behavioural change and education in energy efficiency techniques through the IEE Energy Ambassadors Project. The project aimed at combating energy poverty through delivering advice on low-cost measures for energy efficiency at homes, focused on vulnerable consumer groups to help them reduce energy bills.