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Growing the Energy Supporters & Mentors movement that alleviates energy poverty

EU training webinar from A to Z funded by the Horizon project, POWERPOOR

Online, 4 February 2022Save the date

What does energy poverty mean and how can we recognise it when we see it? How can we diagnose an energy inefficient home or someone’s struggles with paying for a warm or cool home without making them feel ashamed of it? How can we tackle the problem effectively, leveraging innovative financing schemes and building energy communities?

In the year of record-high energy bills and the moment when ‘stay at home’ continues to be the norm, the EU-funded project, POWERPOOR calls on colleagues from public, cooperative, and social housing providers, municipalities, health and social workers, representatives from the academia and anyone who wants to be engaged in tackling the phenomenon to join a community of 400+ POWERPOOR certified Energy Supporters and Mentors, working on the ground, enabling change and providing paths out of energy poverty in their regions.

POWERPOOR is a 3-year Horizon 2020 project that started back in September 2020. The initiative in which Housing Europe plays a key role is aiming at energy poverty alleviation by supporting energy poor citizens to implement energy efficiency interventions and participate in joint energy initiatives, through the development of support programmes and ICT-driven tools. The project aims to facilitate citizens’ behaviour change towards energy use and uptake of energy-efficient measures through experience and knowledge sharing.

As of 2022, Housing Europe, ICLEI and the European Crowdfunding Network (ECN) are mobilising the international community with targeted online trainings to provide volunteers with the means to act.

The first of five EU training webinars is scheduled for the 4th February 2022 (Friday) from 11:00 to 13:00 CET followed by a short lunch break and continuing from 14:00 to 16:30 CET. The content will be the same in all five webinars and you can join in a following date, but the sooner we start, the more time we have to make a real impact! The training is free of charge.

After the online course, which will be held in English, the participants will be called to take a 15-minute test to become a certified POWERPOOR Energy Supporter and Mentor. From this moment on, you will be part of the POWERPOOR movement and can kick off working with vulnerable households in your city or area.



All times are in Central European Time (CET).

11:00 - 11:05

Welcome & introduction

Sorcha Edwards, Housing Europe Secretary-General

11:05 - 12:00

Part I - Understanding the phenomenon of Energy Poverty, concepts, and policies at national and European level

Housing Europe, Alice Pittini – Research Director at Housing Europe

NTUA, Eleni Kanellou, POWERPOOR Coordinator and PhD Candidate, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)

  • The POWERPOOR project- approach and objectives
  • The role of Energy Supporters and Mentors

12:00 - 12:45

Part II - The POWERPOOR toolkit

NTUA, Eleni Kanellou, POWERPOOR Coordinator and PhD Candidate, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)

  • The POWER-TARGET and POWER-ACT tools. Detailed presentation and examples of their use

12:45 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:30

Part III - From theory to practice. Good practices and case studies

Housing Europe, Edit Lakatos, Policy Officer 

DOOR, Society for Sustainable Development Design, Anamari Majdandžić, Senior Expert

  • Energy-saving measures, behavioural changes, visits to vulnerable households

14:30 - 15:30

Part IV - Energy communities and innovative financing schemes to tackle energy poverty

Europeаn Crowdfunding Network (ECN), Andrea Bogi, Senior Research & Project Manager 

Europeаn Crowdfunding Network (ECN), Mauricio O'Brien, Institutional relations advisor 

Goiener (Renewable Energy Cooperative in Spain), Aitor Ossa Rissanen, Project Manager

  • Methodology, good practices, advantages, and challenges
  • The POWER-FUND tool

15:30 - 16:15 

Part V - The role of local authorities in tackling energy poverty

ICLEI, Alis Daniela Torres, Officer Sustainable Resources, Climate & Resilience

ICLEI, Arthur Hinsch, Officer Climate Policy & Energy Governance

  • Energy poverty in the SECAPs and how to address the phenomenon in local energy planning
  • Energy Poverty Alleviation Offices in municipalities. POWERPOOR as a supporting tool for local authorities

16:15 - 16:20 

Energy Poverty Advisory Hub (EPAH), Dora Biondani

EPAH's call for technical assistance - all you need to know

16:20 - 16:30 

Questions, answers, and what follows next?

Housing Europe, Diana Yordanova, Communications Director

NTUA, Eleni Kanellou, POWERPOOR Coordinator and PhD Candidate, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)

Join us on 4th February.