Helping consumers out of energy poverty one STEP at a time

Wednesday 18 May 2022 | 14:00 – 17:30

Location: Brussels (in person, Thon City Hotel: Avenue du Boulevard 17, B-1210 Brussels (BE))


Just a few years ago, energy poverty was seen as a niche topic. Now it has become front and centre on the political agenda.

A pandemic and a full-blown energy crisis have put consumers’ budgets under real pressure and sent energy bills reaching record highs across Europe.

The STEP project (Solutions to Tackling Energy Poverty) began in 2019, with the goal to develop a simple, innovative and replicable model of measures to address energy poverty, focused on the countries with the highest rates of energy poverty in Europe.

These measures were soon put to the ultimate test when the pandemic struck in 2020 followed in 2021 by the energy crisis. Consumer groups got to work on the ground, helping people across Europe to find simple and cost-effective solutions to cut their energy consumption, while sharing best practices and recommendations with policy-makers to alleviate energy poverty.

Three years later, and as the project draws to a close, it’s time to take stock. Join us in Brussels on 18 May to:

  • Hear from Europe’s Energy Commissioner, Kadri Simson, on the role EU legislation can play in tackling energy poverty
  • Celebrate the achievements of the project in helping consumers in need and look forward to next steps
  • Discuss the rise in energy prices, its causes and the impact on energy poverty

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