On Monday 19th of October, Lille Metropole in collaboration with Brussels-Capital Region, Ghent, Vienna and Greenovate Europe organized a conference on cities policies tackling energy poverty.
On Monday 19th of October, Lille Metropole in collaboration with Brussels-Capital Region, Ghent, Vienna and Greenovate Europe organized a conference on energy efficiency for low-income households during the European Week of Regions and Cities.
This was a very timely and pertinent debate since the European Commission has just launched its Renovation Wave initiative, which includes a recommendation on energy poverty, to guide Members States to reduce the increasing energy poverty rates throughout Europe. More than 40 million Europeans are at risk of energy poverty, and even more today due to the Covid-19 crisis we are facing. Schemes such as EnergieCentrale in Ghent, Amelio+ in Lille Metropole or the Brussels green loan are needed more than ever to support low-income households.
Lille Metropole, Brussels Region, City of Ghent and Vienna City all shared their actions in upgrading the energy efficiency of existing buildings, and discussed the best ways to lessen energy poverty for low-income homes.