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Growing the Energy Supporters & Mentors movement that alleviates energy poverty

One-day online training for experts who want to help energy poor households on the ground

Online, 26 October 2022Save the date

While it is good that everyone is currently trying their best to find alternatives for the classic sources of energy, it is unfortunate that so many will become even more vulnerable. The lack of stability and predictability determine numerous consequences, among which are the soaring energy prices. Despite all this, we should not lose hope, and instead, play our part, no matter how small, and show true European solidarity. Join this one-day free webinar and become a certified Energy Supporter or Mentor.

Once again, Housing Europe in collaboration with partners in the Horizon 2020 project, POWERPOOR is 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 better energy use and uptake of energy-efficient measures through experience and knowledge sharing.

The training webinar is taking place on 26th October 2022 (Wednesday) 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.


26th October 2022

11:00 – 16:30 CET, online, Zoom

Programme of the training

11:00 - 11:05

Welcome & introduction by Housing Europe

11:05 - 12:00


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

Housing Europe, Julien Dijol, Policy Director

The POWERPOOR project – approach, objectives & the role of Energy Supporters and Mentors

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

12:00 - 12:45


The POWER-TARGET and POWER-ACT tools – how do they work?

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

12:45 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:30

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

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

The experience of an Energy Poverty Alleviation Office

INZEB, Eleftheria Touloupaki, Scientific and Communications Associate

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

Housing Europe, Edit Lakatos, Senior Policy Officer

14:30 - 15:30

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

Methodology, good practices, advantages, and challenges


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

15:30 - 16:25

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

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

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

ICLEI, Arthur Hinsch, Officer Climate Policy & Energy Governance 

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)