Addressing energy poverty is an essential part of just and inclusive energy transition process. The energy poverty rates in the Energy Community Contracting Parties are among the highest in Europe. The situation has recently been exacerbated further with rapidly rising energy prices and inflation pushing more people into energy poverty and worsening their living standards. The Centre for Alleviating Energy Poverty has been established with a view to collect data and information related to the causes and impact of energy poverty in the Energy Community Contracting Parties, promote the development of appropriate policies and measures for reducing energy poverty and provide a platform for discussion among the relevant energy sector stakeholders in the Energy Community.
Secretariat's activities in the area of poverty
Policy Guidelines on identifying and addressing energy poverty
Published in August 2022, the Policy Guidelines on identifying and addressing Energy Poverty in the Energy Community Contracting Parties are designed with a view to assist the Energy Community Contracting Parties in supporting the most vulnerable categories of energy consumers.
The document provides guidance on:
- defining energy poverty indicators at national and local level,
- defining what constitutes a significant number of energy poor households in the Contracting Parties, and
- long- and short-term measures which could be used to address energy poverty, including those covered by the relevant sections of integrated National Energy and Climate Plans.
Document Name Published on29.08.2022
Study on addressing energy poverty
The fact that energy poverty rates in the Energy Community are among the highest in Europe was a starting point of the study. This is due to historical economic and infrastructural factors, paired with social and energy sector reforms during the post-communist transition. Energy poverty was further worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to increased unemployment, reduced household incomes, and rising energy demand in the region – all factors contributing to energy poverty.