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ENERGY POVERTY HANDBOOK

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projects may be difficult, especially at the beginning. When working with extremely vulnerable people it is highly recommended to involve professional social workers. Additionally, bottom-up projects, like the ones presented in this chapter, can only provide local solutions without a supportive and comprehensive national housing strategy. A focus is needed to reconcile the financial interests of local governments in social housing and the social aspects toward low-income groups, and to solve the issues of the housing crises from the ground up (Social Housing Reconstruction Camp). Analyse the situation. Who are the energy poor households you want to offer solutions to? What are their exact problems? What local and structural causes are lying behind their situation? Look up available databases (national, regional, local statistics, data from energy providers, social services, etc.). Put your project in wider context. Be familiar with the current place of energy poverty in national and regional policies. To understand the wider framework of energy policies is also important: the funding system of energy efficient retrofit, renewable energies, energy prices subsidies, etc. Build strong partnerships. Involving all sectors related to the causes and solutions of energy poverty provides a strong basis for the project-management. Energy providers, social workers, construction industry, NGOs and governmental bodies, experts and vulnerable households affected by energy poverty are all stakeholders whose participation (depending on the profile of the projects) is vital for a successful project. Fund! Look for EU or national funds available for energy efficiency, social innovations and read the article in our handbook about EU funding. Providing funding locally to complement wider programmes and making them available for energy poor households can save money in the long term (on other social and health services). Some market solutions can also be available, such as ESCO funding for renovations or sponsorships of building and energy companies. There are many instances when energy companies are also motivated to educate clients or make dwellings more efficient in order to have more “regular” payers. Mix interventions but choose wisely. When the main interventions are chosen, it is always useful to consider, especially in the case of retrofitting projects, what other elements can be used to complete the projects. Set up well-defined aims and measure your impact. Data is a necessity from the very beginning of all projects; to assess the state of the housing stock and to identify the target group. If goals are well defined (e.g. level of energy savings, etc.) and then are evaluated, the success of the project can be proved and stakeholders can be satisfied. references: conclusion and recommendations achieve. Case Study. https://ec.europa.eu/energy/intelligent/projects/en/ projects/achieve caritas germany energy saving checks. Case Study. http://www.stromspar-check.de/ eapn la rioja, spain. Case study about financial support to households in energy poverty, http://www.eapnlarioja.com/#contactanos energy advocacy renfrewshire. Case study. http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/article/2738/Energy-advice-and-advocacy from shacks to homes. Case study. https://www.facebook.com/utcarollakasba/ reelih. Case Study. https://getwarmhomes.org/ smart-up. Case Study. http://smartup-project.eu/ social housing reconstruction camp. Case Study. https://hu-hu.facebook.com/sz.epitotabor/ warm up north. Case Study. http://warmupnorth.com/contact-us/ 180 HOW TO TACKLE ENERGY POVERTY − GOOD PRACTICES AT A LOCAL LEVEL HOW TO TACKLE ENERGY POVERTY − GOOD PRACTICES AT A LOCAL LEVEL 181

AUTHORS filippos anagnostopoulos Filippos Anagnostopoulos is a Research Associate at BPIE and undertakes the publication of reports and the modelling the macroeconomic impacts of building policies. His focus is on assessing the implementation of EU policies, mainly the EPBD and the EED. anna zsófia bajomi Anna Zsófia Bajomi holds a Masters in Social Policy from the Eötvös Lóránd University of Budapest in Hungary. She has worked at the Municipality of Budapest on the Social Urban Rehabilitation Thematic Development Programme for local stakeholders, and at the office of Tamás Meszerics at the European Parliament. Her field of research is housing and energy poverty especially energy poor tenants, grass root initiatives and good practices tackling housing and energy poverty. Currently she is working on Social Rental Agencies, and studies other innovative housing solutions at the Programma Housing of the Compagnia San Paolo in Turin, Italy, in the frame of the Erasmus For Young Entrepreneurs Program of the European Commission. stefan bouzarovski Stefan Bouzarovski is a Professor of Geography at the University of Manchester, while holding Visiting Professorships at the Universities of Bergen and Gdansk. He has more than 15 years of international scientific and policy expertise in the social and political aspects of energy demand, and the transformation of inner-city areas under the influence of household change. His work has been funded by a wide range of governmental bodies, charities and private sector organizations, and has been published in ca. 80 outputs, including the books “Energy Poverty in Eastern Europe” (Ashgate, 2007) and “Retrofitting the City” (IB Tauris, 2016). Alongside his current engagements, he has held prestigious appointments at the Universities of Oxford, London, Berlin, Birmingham, Brisbane and Bruges. The findings of his research have been taken up by, inter alia, the European Commission and Parliament, the World Bank, the United Nations, and the International Energy Agency. maarten de groote Maarten De Groote is Head of Research at BPIE with more than 10 years’ experience in energy performance and sustainability of buildings. He is leading BPIE’s review on the EPBD and coordinates several projects in the field of Building Performance. audrey dobbins Audrey Dobbins is currently a research associate at the Institute of Energy Economics and Rational Energy Use (IER), University of Stuttgart in Germany. She holds a Masters in Energy Studies from the University of Cape Town in South Africa and a Bachelor in Chemistry from Northern Arizona University in the USA. She has worked at an NGO in South Africa on improving the energy welfare of inhabitants of informal settlements and developing Energy and Climate Change Strategies together with cities. Currently, her research focuses on integrating aspects of energy poverty into a holistic analysis of the energy system towards improving energy planning in the European context. sergio tirado herrero Dr Sergio Tirado Herrero is a research associate of the Center for Urban Research of RMIT University and a visiting research fellow of the University of Manchester (UK). His research interrogates the relationship between sustainable energy, climate change and poverty in the context of urban spaces and processes, and has an explicit leaning towards issues of vulnerability, inequality and justice. Energy (or fuel) poverty and socio-environmental impacts of sustainable energy transitions are Sergio’s main areas of expertise. A critical environmental scientist with a background in environmental economics, in his PhD dissertation (2013) he undertook a detailed assessment of the multiple benefits of energy efficiency retrofits in Hungary. He is also the lead author of two high-impact reports on energy poverty in Spain, and a contributing author of the 2012 Global Energy Assessment. Prior to joining RMIT University, Sergio has held various research and project management positions at the Centre for Urban Resilience and Energy (CURE) at the University of Manchester, the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP) at Central European University (Budapest, Hungary), the University of Alcala (Madrid, Spain) and the Regional Environmental Center for 182 AUTHORS AUTHORS 183

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