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Promoting the district approach to tackle energy poverty in the wake of the EU Green Deal

A European Energy Poverty Observatory Workshop

Brussels, 3 March 2020Save the date

Housing Europe and the European Policy Centre (EPC) jointly organise a Workshop within the framework of the European Energy Poverty Observatory on March 3rd, 14:30-17:00. Venue: European Policy Centre, Rue du Trône 14, 1000 Bruxelles.

Draft agenda

Moderation: Claire Dheret, Head of Programme, Social Europe and Well-being, European Policy Centrer

14:30-15:00 | Introduction

Dr. Stefan Bouzarovski

Main activities and findings of the European Energy Poverty Observatory


15:00- 15:45 | Why is the district approach relevant to tackle energy poverty?

Decentralised energy production

  • The role of energy cooperatives to tackle affordability-Presentation by Dirk Vansintjan, Director, RESCOOP (tbc)
  • Presentation of ASTER, Belgium by Bjorn Mallants, VVH (tbc)

The role of energy advice to housing providers and tenants

  • Local authorities-Presentation by the Covenant of Mayors EU Office, Giustino Piccolo (tbc)
  • the one-stop shop approach: OPENGELA project in Bilbao, by Andoni Hidalgo, G6 (tbc)

Co-creation as key to achieve sustainable neighbourhoods

  • Experience from H2020 projects- Projects HEART and Triple A, by Sebastien Garnier, Innovation Manager, Housing Europe (tbc)

15:45-16:45 | What can the EU do to promote this approach? How will the EU Green Deal’s “renovation wave” include the most vulnerable?

Panel participants

  • Wim Hazeu, CEO Wonen Limburg and Chair of Housing Europe Energy, Construction and Standardisation Working Committee (tbc)
  • Philippe Moseley, Senior Project Advisor, EASME (tbc)
  • Brian McSharry, Energy Action Ireland (tbc)

16:45 – 17:00 | Conclusions and way forward

  • Sorcha Edwards, Secretary General of Housing Europe