When we submitted the EnergyMeasures project to the EU-commission, it was under the Horizon2020 call that focused on building a low-carbon, climate resilient future, which is secure, clean and efficient in energy. Since there is no single way to achieve this aim, the call gave way to the creation of multiple, autonomous projects, each tackling the challenge of energy poverty from a different perspective. The projects which Energy Measures considers sister projects are ComAct, COOLTORISE, EmpowerMed, ENPOR, POWER UP, POWERPOOR, SocialWatt, STEP and CEESEU.
Considering the development of recent geopolitical situation the issue of energy poverty is increasingly pressing. There are many governmental and small initiative efforts to combat this problem, yet one element, which affects the effectiveness of those efforts, persists. Namely, what is energy poverty and can we establish a universal definition?
One concept that helps to understand the impact of energy saving measures is the Primary Energy Factor. It is closely linked with the topic of energy vulnerability for various reasons.
The susceptibility of experiencing energy poverty and the stability of energy supply and prices in Europe have been in the recent years strongly influenced by post-pandemic recovery, energy crisis and the war in Ukraine. There are many efforts to combat this issue and this article explores how small initiatives can be the emerging power to alleviate energy poverty.
In February 2023 after the Energy Measures consortium meeting in Krakow, we, the Oikoplus team, accompanied by Patrycja Płonka, project lead for PNEC (Polish Network Energie-Cités) travelled to southwestern part of Poland.