Partner Profile: Oikoplus GmbH

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In 2018, we founded Oikoplus in Vienna. At that time, we had gained experience in scientific project work, in journalism and in classic advertising agencies. In doing so, we had the feeling that an interface was missing that specifically connected the communication needs of researchers with the skills of communication solution providers. This interface is…

Country Update: Poland

Energy poverty is a significant problem in Poland. Before the pandemic, it affected 12% of Poland’s inhabitants. In 2020, the number increased to 21.4%. According to analysts, it was aggravated by job losses and falling wages, especially among people with the lowest and middle income. In Poland, the share of expenditure on electricity, gas and…

Country Update: Ireland

Ireland’s Energy Poverty Strategy estimates that the rate of households experiencing energy poverty in the country falls between 8.8 – 28%, depending on whether this is based on self-reported inability to heat or derived from modelled expenditure and building energy rating data (DCENR, 2016). In 2016, this upper estimate would have been equivalent to 475,000…

Country Update: Belgium

In Belgium, more than one household in five is affected by energy poverty (20.7% of Belgian households in 2019). This value has not varied significantly since 2009. However, there are strong differences between the regions. The vast majority of energy-poor households are single people or single-parent families (almost 70%). Single elderly women (+65) and single…

A Chain-Reaction of Negative Consequences of Living in Energy Poverty

A series of interviews conducted with citizens and stakeholder organisations shows how people experience energy poverty and also the institutional support offered to affected households in seven European countries. “I don’t mind going around the house wearing coats, and lots of jumpers and stuff, I wear long-johns, and then I wear pyjamas over that, and…

Sometimes, Energy Poverty is a Hidden Problem

The EnergyMeasures project uses a behavior change approach to mitigate energy vulnerability in seven European countries. At the halfway point of the project, the question arises: Is the chosen strategy working? Hannah is a married woman and mother of four children in her early thirties. She lives in Turnhout, Belgium, and is studying hard for…

EnergyMeasures in Eindhoven 

One of the EnergyMeasures partners is the Het PON & Telos Foundation from Tilburg in the Netherlands. The foundation works with a team of around 30 multidisciplinary researchers on social issues for local and regional governments in the Netherlands, but also for private sector organizations, banks, care and welfare institutions. The aim of Het PON…

Inspiration session: Engaging stakeholders in the Netherlands

In March 2021 the first stakeholder meeting within the EnergyMeasures project took place online, counting 32 participants from various sectors. The aim was to bring participants working at housing corporations, municipalities and other authorities and energy coaches into contact with each other to enable a first exchange regarding the issue at stake – energy poverty…