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Energy Poverty Advisory Hub

Technical assistance

The Energy Poverty Advisory Hub (EPAH) invited through two open calls local governments and/or organisations working in strict collaboration with local governments from all the 27 EU Member States to submit their requests for technical assistance and receive support in the process of tackling energy poverty. 

Applicants were able to submit their proposal online between February and March of 2022 (first call) and between March and April of 2023 (second call). At the moment EPAH is in close collaboration with about 85 local governments assisting them to implement their workplans. 

Explore below the impressive achievements of the cities honored in the first call with the results presented below as well as the ongoing workplans of the local governments honored in the second call:

Alba Iulia

Romania

Energy poverty phase: Diagnosis

Beneficiary: Alba Iulia
Expert: Association Center for the Study of Democracy
A communication strategy targeting local communities and specific vulnerable groups will be designed and aligned with local energy and sustainability strategies, building upon information from projects analyzing energy poverty and local energy data.


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Ampelokipi-Menemeni, Greece

Greece

Energy poverty phase: Diagnosis, Planning

Beneficiaries: Ampelokipi-Menemeni Municipality, Process Energy Design Laboratory (PEDL)

Expert: INZEB - Initialising Energy Balance Towards Zero

The project focused on strengthening the municipality's internal capacity for energy poverty diagnosis. It aimed to help municipal staff and Process Energy Design Laboratory (PEDL) researchers identify an effective methodological approach using qualitative and quantitative indicators tailored to local needs.


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Arezzo

Italy

Energy poverty phase: Planning

Beneficiary: Comune di Arezzo, Fondazion Arezzo Comunita
Expert: Zero Spreco

The municipality aims to establish Renewable Energy Communities to support energy-poor households, using numerous properties and roofs. The project involves the municipal waste company for the installation of the plant, a service company for the management of the energy communities, and the municipal foundation ‘Arezzo Comunità’ for managing relations with citizens and the development of the networks.


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Ayia Marina Chrysochous

Cyprus

Energy poverty phase: Diagnosis

Beneficiary: Agia Marina Chrysochous community

Expert: Cyprus Energy Agency

The project aimed to formulate a strategy to address energy poverty through capacity-building activities, assistance in diagnosis, and the identification of potential future actions in the area.


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Baix Empordà

Spain

Energy poverty phase: Diagnosis

Beneficiary: Baix Empordà Council
Expert: Intiam Ruai SL

The primary objective of the technical assistance is to optimise the management of energy poverty across different areas (Social Action, Energy Transition, Housing) within the Baix Empordà Council (CCBE). By assessing existing operating protocols, identifying strengths and weaknesses, and creating applicable protocols, the council aims to enhance assistance to diagnosed cases and better align with Covenant of Mayors commitments.


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Baixa da Banheira and Vale da Amoreira

Portugal

Energy poverty phase: Diagnosis

Beneficiary: Union of the Civil Parishes of Baixa da Banheira and Vale da Amoreira, USF Querer Mais
Expert: S.ENERGIA

The municipality aim to address the impact of energy poverty on public health by identifying energy-poor individuals with local partners, identifying energy-poor individuals through doctors and nurses using consultation data, developing mitigation measures and collaborating with local partners and funding, integrating processes into routine practices and sharing insights with health centers and local governments.


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Barreiro, Alcochete, Montijo and Moita

Portugal

Energy poverty phase: Planning

Beneficiaries: Barreiro, Alcochete, Montijo and Moita Municipalities, S.ENERGIA - Regional Energy Agency
Expert: RNAE - Associação das Agências de Energia e Ambiente (Rede Nacional)

The objective of the technical assistance is to replicate and extend the successful "Transition Point" pilot project, initially implemented in Setúbal District, to other territories by improving thermal comfort and energy efficiency in homes.


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Bucharest

Romania

Energy poverty phase: Diagnosis

Beneficiary: 2nd District City Hall of Bucharest Municipality

Expert: Centre for the Study of Democracy

The project focused on a diagnosis using quantitative and qualitative data, as requested by the Centre for the Study of Democracy and carried out by the 2nd District of the Bucharest Municipality. The municipality aimed for streamlined data and recommendations for targeted policies addressing energy poverty's root causes.


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Bükkszentkereszt

Hungary

Energy poverty phase: Diagnosis

Beneficiary: Bukkszentkereszt Municipality

Expert: ELTE University and Environmental Planning & Education Network (EPEN)

An extensive energy (poverty) mapping, conducted by the ELTE University and Environmental Planning & Education Network (EPEN) in 2021, showed that the heating equipment was outdated, and the energy consciousness of the inhabitants was low. The municipality aims to have a detailed development concept of the Local Energy Courtyard (LEC) associated with tailor-made public awareness-raising activities.


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Bydgoszcz

Poland

Energy poverty phase: Diagnosis

Beneficiary: City of Bydgoszcz, 

Expert: Association of Municipalities Polish Network „Energie Cités”

The technical assistance aimed to mark the first step in addressing energy poverty in the city, through the assessment of legal foundations, household situations, at-risk profiles, resident initiatives, data gaps, methodology, stakeholder engagement, indicator identification, and data interoperability. Experts also provided recommendations for integrating energy poverty into local planning documents, including a SECAP.


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Cádiz

Spain

Energy poverty phase: Diagnosis

Beneficiaries: Cádiz Municipality, Eléctrica de Cádiz.

Expert: INICI - Intiam Ruai

The municipality aimed to assess energy poverty, evaluate the local Annual Energy Coverage aid, enhance the capacity of municipal staff to identify energy poverty, and facilitate the integration of measures and indicators for energy poverty into SECAPs.


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Centro Region, Arganil

Portugal

Energy poverty phase: Diagnosis, Planning

Beneficiary: Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Centro - CCDRC, Municipality of Arganil
Expert: HES Engenharia

The municipality aims to develop a tool to identify and map energy poverty situations, identifying building typologies, and also defining and typifying energy efficiency solutions, to apply in other municipalities of the Centro Region of Portugal.


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Cerdanya

Spain

Energy poverty phase: Diagnosis

Beneficiary: Cerdanya Municipality

Expert: El Risell.

The project set out to conduct a comprehensive energy poverty diagnosis using qualitative and quantitative methods, such as regional and national statistical data analysis, along with local sources.


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Austria

Energy poverty phase: Diagnosis

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Drama, Kavala, Nestos, and Paggaio Municipalities

Greece

Energy poverty phase: Diagnosis

Beneficiary: Drama, Kavala, Nestos, Paggaio

Expert: INZEB, CLUBE

The East Macedonia-Thrace Region is recognised as one of the poorest in Greece, facing economic challenges and a lack of specific energy poverty data. The municipalities aim to comprehensively diagnose and understand the phenomenon.


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Eurometropole of Strasbourg

France

Energy poverty phase: Planning, Implementation

Beneficiary: Eurometropolis of Strasbourg, City of Strasbourg, Climate Agency, ADEUS - Strasbourg Urban Planning Agency - Upper Rhine
Expert: Sciencepro

The technical assistance aims to reinforce the transversality of the management and to have a consolidated strategy to fight against energy poverty integrating a prioritisation of actions with regard to the economic context.


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Getafe

Spain

Energy poverty phase: Planning, Implementation

Beneficiaries: Getafe Municipality, Getafe Municipal Housing Company (EMSV-Getafe), 
Expert: Ecooo Energía Ciudadana

The project set out to reduce energy poverty throughout the process of creating a Local Energy Community (LEC) in Getafe city, while involving those in vulnerable situations. The LEC oversees the generation and consumption of energy produced by photovoltaic panels installed on the roof of the city council of Getafe for collective self-consumption.


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Gironès region

Spain

Energy poverty phase: Planning, Implementation

Beneficiary: Consell Comarcal del Gironès
Expert: Fundación Ecología y Desarrollo

Technical assistance is sought to analyse the extensive data gathered from the Energy Poverty Programme. This assistance will enable them to comprehensively assess the current energy poverty landscape and establish the groundwork for a Regional Plan.


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Grand Chambord and Beauce Val de Loire

France

Energy poverty phase: Diagnosis

Beneficiary: Grand Chambord and Beauce Val de Loire, Maison de L'Habitat

Expert: GP conseil

With the assistance of EPAH, the supramunicipalities wish to increase the number of people getting support and address energy poverty in the rural countryside. The supra municipalities aim to diagnose energy poverty in the area and further develop tailored solutions


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Great Besançon Metropolis

France

Energy poverty phase: Planning

Beneficiary: Great Besançon Metropolis, city of Besançon

Expert: Energies-demain

Tthe city aims to support low-income households by encouraging their owners to renovate their houses. Through technical assistance, the aim is to define the number of households to be supported, identify new partners in the territory, specify a working method between all stakeholders involved and seek financial solutions.


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Grevena

Greece

Energy poverty phase: Diagnosis

Beneficiary: Municipality of Eordaia, Municipality of Grevena

Expert: INZEB, CLUBE

Over 9 months, guided by EPAH's expert, actions will assess energy poverty, aligned with the principles of a just transition. Steps include methodological formulation, data gathering, training for accurate data collection, informational events, and stakeholder meetings.


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Hatvan

Hungary

Energy poverty phase: Planning

Beneficiary: Hatvan
Expert: ENERGIAKLUB

The city of Hatvan, dedicated to sustainable development as a Covenant of Mayors member and CEESEU project pilot partner, aims to develop a communication campaign about energy poverty. Leveraging the Social Signalling System (SSS) comprising diverse professionals, the municipality plans a 6-month targeted awareness campaign with three key target groups: SSS members, local schools, and the public.


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Ishøj

Denmark

Energy poverty phase: Planning

Beneficiary: Ishøj Kommune

Expert: Transition

The municipality needed support in developing and planning an awareness campaign that can give ethnic minorities affordable advice about possibilities of energy (and money) saving.


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Józsefváros

Hungary

Energy poverty phase: Diagnosis

Beneficiaries: Józsefváros Municipality in Budapest 
Expert: Energiaklub

The strategic objectives included enhancing awareness and local understanding of energy poverty in Józsefváros. This involved collecting data on energy-poor households and formulating effective measures to alleviate the issue.


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Kato Pyrgos Tyllirias

Cyprus

Energy poverty phase: Diagnosis

Beneficiary: Kato Pyrgos Tyllirias

Expert: Cyprus Energy Agency

Kato Pyrgos Tyllirias lacks energy-efficient infrastructure, impacting the 20% elderly population who face temperature extremes due to health conditions and limited knowledge. The local authority aims to address this, focusing on the elderly population to improve their thermal comfort and overall living conditions.


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