ComAct webinar: Triggering communities to become fit-for-55. Tackling energy poverty in East-Central Europe

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Energy poverty is a widespread problem across Europe, as between 50 and 125 million people are unable to afford proper indoor thermal comfort. This webinar is the first of the ComAct series of three Knowledge Transfer Thematic Webinars at EU level and it aims to highlight the issue of energy poverty in Europe under the light of the fit-for-55 goal, which raises a huge challenge for many households in Europe.

A common European definition of energy poverty does not exist, but many Member States (MS) acknowledge the scale of this socio-economic situation and its negative impact translated into severe health issues and social isolation. Different terms are used to describe affected persons: fuel poor, energy poor, vulnerable energy consumers or, to a larger sense, at-risk-of-poverty or low-income people. During the event, we will present an overview of the energy poverty concept and discuss the new EU rules for energy efficiency within the fit-for-55 package.

The objectives of this first webinar are threefold:

  • Highlight the issue of energy poverty in Europe in light of the fit-for-55 package goals
  • Discuss ideas and potential solutions for the lack of a common definition of energy poverty
  • Present the latest ComAct results related to the energy poverty concept and how they can fit under the Fit for 55 goals



10:00 – 10:10 Welcome and introduction
10:10 – 10:20 Marine Cornelis presenting fit-for-55 and challenges of this topic
10:20 – 10:30 Key note by Baiba Miltovica,

President of of the TEN Section of the European economic and social committee

10:30 – 10:50 Summary of an Overview report on the energy poverty concept

Eszter Turai (MRI), Senta Schmatzberger (BPIE)

10:50 – 11:00 Country specific situation: Lithuanian example

Kęstutis Kupšys, Alliance of Lithuanian Consumer Associations (STEP and ComAct projects)

11:00 – 11:25 Panel discussion
Baiba Miltovica – President of European economic and social committee
Eva Suba – Project Manager, Climate Alliance
Eszter Turai – Metropolitan Research Institute (MRI)
Senta Schmatzberger – Project Manager at Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE)
Knut Höller – Managing director at Housing Initiative Eastern Europe (IWO)
Kęstutis Kupšys, Vice-President, Lithuanian Consumers Alliance

Lidija Živčič, Senior expert of Focus (tbc)

11:25 – 11:30 Closing remarks


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