Energy Poverty

Józef Antall (2Q2)
© European Parliament

ITRE held a workshop to look at energy poverty problem in the European Union. The aim of the workshop was to provide expert information on the state of play in the field of energy poverty. Furthermore, it should tackle possible policy initiatives in connection with the ongoing work on legislative packages related to the Energy Union, especially the upcoming reviews of the Energy Efficiency Directive, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and a review of electricity market design.

The invited experts provided the academic perspective on energy poverty landscapes in the European Union and will present results of two studies on energy poverty commissioned by the ITRE Committee. In its December 2015 resolution, 'Towards a European Energy Union', the Parliament asked the Commission to present a communication on energy poverty, which would include a definition and indicators of energy poverty, and be accompanied by an action plan on its eradication.