The POWERTY project “Renewable energies for vulnerable groups” is hosting its second Interregional Thematic Seminar on 8 and 9 April 2021 which will focus on normative issues, as well as on good practices identified in the project.
The seminar will focus on the EU regulatory framework supporting the reduction of energy poverty,
in particular the use of renewable energies by vulnerable groups. It will review current EU strategies and plans,
discuss current regulatory framework in the project partners regions and provide insights for the revision of EU
The Covid pandemic has highlighted the deep inequalities in society and across the regions of Europe. Energy poverty is recognised as a widespread problem, with serious consequences for health and well-being. Besides housing energy efficiency issues, the production of renewable energy by vulnerable groups remains a major challenge. In support to the EU green deal, the Commission has released the Renovation Wave strategy including measures to address Energy Poverty. This strategy will lead to the revision of EUdirectives such as the RES and EE directives.
The seminar will focus on the regulations that affect energy poverty and the use of renewable energies in vulnerable groups. We will have the opportunity to review the strategies and plans of the EU, the regulatory framework in the regions of the project partners. All this together with the presentation of good practices identified by the project partners in terms of regulations.
The general objective of POWERTY is to increase the use of renewable energies in vulnerable groups. Besides, this project is relevant because it will help to create and identify Innovative renewable energy technologies aimed at vulnerable groups, including collective and urban energy systems, new financial means for new financing formulas for renewable energies suitable for vulnerable group. The project also help improvements in the regulatory framework for renewable energies and vulnerable groups and enables social innovation to stimulate citizen participation of these social groups.
The project will develop a complete learning process to facilitate an effective knowledge flow among regions, counting on 6 partners (Spain, France, Poland, Lithuania, Bulgaria and United Kingdom) with different complementary expertise and different levels of competences (regional/national) which enriches the transfer of knowledge. More than 50 best practices and almost 50 events involving 60 stakeholders will establish 5 Regional Action Plans covering a population of more than 25 million inhabitants.