The Energy Poverty Advisory Hub (EPAH) – an initiative of the European Commission - just launched its new website with the aim of becoming the centre of energy poverty expertise in EU for local authorities and all stakeholders interested in taking action to combat energy poverty.
On the newly-launched platform, local governments and their supporting organisations will:
· discover local actions
European local governments have begun to address energy poverty with inspirational projects tailored to their specific local needs. A new publication and online ATLAS will highlight such inspiring practices and local measures.
· learn more about energy poverty and mitigating action
Understanding, measuring, and monitoring energy poverty is an important step to alleviate it. Free access to tools can guide local governments and organisations in the process. The website will offer 3 open online training courses, with different levels and approaches to energy poverty. The courses aim to enable participants to enhance skills and competences in order to develop their own diagnosis, plans and projects to combat energy poverty. Additionally, a set of indicators will provide a snapshot of energy poverty issues in Europe.
· explore the EPAH support system
Addressing energy poverty is a priority, but may often face complex challenges. The EPAH helpdesk will assist and guide municipalities that want to launch a local action on energy poverty. Moreover, local governments will have the chance to apply to open calls for dedicated support for their municipality in order to take the next step in the battle against energy poverty, with dedicated expertise and bilateral guidance by EPAH’s local and international experts.