Energy poverty poses a significant problem across Europe. Old appliances and unrenovated houses lead to high energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions as well as a lower quality of life for affected households. However, the link between energy poverty, energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions is largely unexplored, particularly in the South-Eastern European context.
The current project is funded by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) and addresses the challenge of energy poverty alleviation in the context of Romania, more specifically in the Cluj-Napoca metropolitan area. Through the innovative research focus on the links between energy poverty and emission mitigation, the project will deliver new insights and provide guidance on how to effectively integrate sustainable development strategies in local policy frameworks. In addition, an interactive online map of the Cluj region will be developed and published to raise awareness for energy poverty among the public and regional stakeholders. The research, data analysis, and findings will be presented in a policy paper. Several workshops will bring together energy suppliers, local governments and academia to explore policy options. In addition, the project will provide capacity building training to help implement good practices.
adelphi will oversee the climate research component of the project in order to establish links between energy poverty and emission mitigation. In addition, adelphi will organise stakeholder workshops and disseminate the findings among stakeholders and the general public.