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Growing the Energy Supporters & Mentors movement that alleviates energy poverty

Second chance to go through an online training and obtain a certificate

Online, 19 April 2022Save the date

The energy crisis in Europe keeps on deepening. According to Eurostat, energy prices in the EU have risen by 17% since September 2021. In Belgium, Greece, Italy, and the Netherlands, increases have been over 30% and the conflict in Ukraine is adding further price pressures, after already large increases in recent months. These worrying circumstances are making the EU-funded POWERPOOR plan for action more and more relevant.

For a second time, Housing Europe in collaboration with partners in the Horizon 2020 project, POWERPOOR are offering a free online course that aims at providing all necessary knowledge to support 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 final goal is to facilitate citizens’ behaviour change towards energy use and uptake of energy-efficient measures through experience and knowledge sharing.

The training webinar is taking place on 19th April 2022 (Tuesday) from 11:00 to 12:45 CET followed by a short lunch break and continuing from 13:30 to 16:30 CET. 

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 can now join a community of 500+ POWERPOOR certified Energy Supporters and Mentors, working on the ground, enabling change and providing paths out of energy poverty in their regions.

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, Julien Dijol, Policy Director

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 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:30

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

INZEB, Eleftheria Touloupaki, Architect Engineer, PhD Candidate, Scientific Associate

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

ENERGIAKLUB, Csaba Csontos, Project Manager

  • Energy-saving measures, behavioural changes, visits to vulnerable households
  • The experience of the Hungarian Energy Poverty Alleviation Office

14:30 - 15:30

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

Europeаn Crowdfunding Network (ECN), Oliver Gajda, Executive Director

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

15:30 - 16:25

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

16:25 - 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)