The Energy Poverty Advisory Hub (EPAH), the Covenant of Mayors Europe and ENPOR are jointly organising a lunch talk to discuss about the EU municipalities' experiences and practices regarding the current energy crisis, focusing on how vulnerable consumers are taken into account in these emergency energy saving measures in the context of the Cities Energy Saving Sprint, a joint initiative of the European Commission, the Covenant of Mayors – Europe and the European Committee of the Regions to support cities in taking measures that will immediately reduce their energy consumption.
The current geopolitical context is challenging the energy system in Europe. The consequences of the economic and energy crisis are hitting European citizens hard. The rising energy prices are indeed increasing the pressure on the most vulnerable people and are accentuating energy poverty situations.
Structural measures, as Fit for 55 packages and the recent REPowerEU plan, set the long-term path to make Europe independent from Russian fossil fuels before 2030 and achieve climate neutrality by 2050. However, emergency and short-term measures must be taken to address the direct consequences of the crisis, the most important of which is the increase of energy prices. Alongside the Save Gas for a Safe Winter plan, proposed by the Commission to reduce gas consumption, local governments are responding to the challenges to help vulnerable consumers against energy shortages and rising energy prices by adopting extraordinary measures and practical solutions.
This discussion should lead to get inspiration on how to take actions in local contexts regarding the rising energy poverty.
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