The annual project meeting took the EnergyMeasures partners to the northern Macedonian capital Skopje at the end of September. For almost all of them a new destination, interesting and intensive debates, and lively exchange with representatives of the North Macedonian politics made the meeting a highlight in the course of the project.
In the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, energy poverty has long been a central issue in the everyday lives of the shrinking population. EnergyMeasure’s partner Tighean Innse Gall provides concrete measures for people’s everyday lives.
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.
The Just Transition Commission visited Tighean Innse Gall (Scotland, UK) to learn about the work of the EnergyMeasures project. Charlie Healey, project officer at Tighean Innse Gall briefed the Commission about the essential work of the project and how it meets the parallel demands of tackling energy poverty and helping Scotland reach its net zero plans.
EnergyMeasures’ lead partner, University College Cork, is editing a new book to stimulate a conversation that will broaden the understanding of the lived experience of energy poverty at the household level in both developed and developing countries.
The team of the Dublin based EnergyMeasurespartner ,Energy Action’ share insights to peer organisations fighting energy vulnerability all over Ireland.