Easy access to these energy services and products empowers European citizens. In cases, energy poverty occurs when energy bills represent a high percentage of the income of consumers and it can affect their capacity to cover other expenses. It can as well occur when consumers are forced to reduce the energy consumption of their households and consequently, this affects their physical and mental health and well-being. Additionally, inaffordability, insufficient disposable income, high energy expenditure and poor energy efficiency of homes contribute to the challenge. It is estimated that about 35 million people in the European Union are unable to keep their homes adequately warm with the most vulnerable demographic groups being the most affected.
The Energy Poverty Advisory Hub (EPAH) is the leading EU initiative aiming to eradicate energy poverty and accelerate the just energy transition of European local governments.
EPAH’s mission is to be the central platform of energy poverty expertise in Europe for local authorities and all stakeholders interested in taking action to combat energy poverty in Europe by providing direct support, online trainings, and research results and by building a collaborative network of stakeholders interested in taking action to combat energy poverty in Europe.
Building on the EU Energy Poverty Observatory legacy, the EPAH adapts an action-based approach by creating a space for collaboration and exchange for local and regional authorities planning a variety of measures to tackle energy poverty in the pursuit of a just and fair transition.