Although the energy poverty theme is rapidly spreading over EU, it has distinct specificities in Eastern European Countries (EEC): low-income households cannot afford to change the old inefficient heating equipment or replace the poor quality heating fuels. As a result, they become primary cause for dramatic seasonal increase in air pollution on local level.
Therefore, Energy Agency Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Focus (Slovenia) and DUH (Germany) have started the project InventAir (https://www.inventair-project.eu/). The project investigates the link between the use of wood and coal by energy poor households and how it affects the environmental, health and economic background of their communities.
Within InventAir, we are developing a methodology to assess the multiple impacts of energy poverty and we are forming a Board of Fellow Experts to give their honest opinion and fresh ideas on it. The methodology is supposed to help decision makers to draft and implement local policies/measures (wood stove change-out programs, in particular).
Up next is a webinar on energy poverty and its climate and health impacts on 18 December from 14.00-15.30 CET. In the context of the online co-creation session (webinar), we want to present our methodology and exchange ideas and solutions. In addition, you will have the possibility to address questions to the German experts that will join the webinar and will provide input on best practices.
In order to register and join as an expert, please fill in the short form (3-5 min). Access details and the draft methodology will be provided about one week before the event. We are looking forward to an interesting discussion with you among other experts!