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Energy Poverty

Energy poverty, in general terms, represents the inability of a household to secure adequate amounts of energy in the home – allowing it to keep living spaces adequately warm (or cool during hot days) and well lit, to have access to a needed range of energy services, and to be able to afford a sufficient amount of energy for everyday requirements. 

A major barrier preventing a change in the current energy consumption habits is the lack of education and knowledge.

Project Goals

  • Raise awareness of European citizens on the rising issue of energy poverty
  • To improve the quality of practices in the education of adults on the challenges and opportunities related to energy poverty eradication by identifying the existing practices and methods and build on them.
  • To develop a high quality educational approach which will be able to address both technical and social sides of the problem and also highlight the entrepreneurship possibilities in the area of energy advising meaning help the unemployed to identify energy advising as an opportunity for them to find new job opportunities
  • To establish a firm and competent international network of energy advisors active in energy poor households, where personal advising has proven to be the best way to disseminate information and increase knowledge level. Curriculum for training will be developed, enabling the trainees to act as energy advisors to the energy poor.
  • Encourage the creation of a network of relevant stakeholders involved in educating citizens on energy poverty and energy advising
  • Reinforce skills of CSOs and other stakeholders involved or interested in the adult education on energy poverty
  • To develop 15 innovative ICT tools to be used in education on energy poverty.

Target Groups

  • CSOs active or interested in energy poverty  (social services, human rights, environmental protection, etc)
  • Institutions active in the adult education
  • Municipalities
  • Energy agencies
  • Universities
  • other stakeholders involved or interested in the adult education on energy poverty

Expected Results

  • Report covering all partner countries on the state of the art of existing methods and practices in terms of education about energy poverty and the training needs in this subject
  • Database of stakeholders in all partner countries that are involved in the adult education on the energy poverty as well as those interested in doing so (for example, CSOs and stakeholders that are already active in the field of social services education and who wish to broaden the range of their activities)
  • Educational programme with a curriculum for adult education about energy poverty
  • Learning mobility in the form of a “Short-term joint staff training event” for sharing knowledge and best practices among the partner organisations on the energy poverty training curriculum
  • Set of innovative educational materials (tools, methods, practices, initiatives,…) defined in the curriculum.
  • Guide to accompany the curriculum and to help interested stakeholders to implement it. Complemented by video tutorials for each tool and an overview webinar in each country.
  • Website to allow access to all the educational materials and guidance
  • On-line platform (facebook group or similar) to allow exchanges and sharing of practices between stakeholders active or interested in the adult education on energy poverty
  • Dissemination events in partner countries to explain and promote the materials developed among the target stakeholders
  • Project leaflet and other communication material (logo, document templates, text presenting the project)
  • Overview video on the project and the systemic approach of the energy poverty education promoted during the project which will be posted online with subtitles in all partner languages
  • Six newsletters to communicate about the advancement and the results of the project
  • E-campaign to ensure a broad and efficient dissemination of the project’s goals and results.

Read more information about the project’s results in: Results section