EnPover - Municipal low-cost energy efficiency measures to alleviate energy poverty
Hungary has one of the highest energy poverty levels in the EU. An average Hungarian household spends approximately 14-18% of its total income on energy-related expenses. The most affected regions are rural areas in northeastern and southwest parts of the country. Legal obstacles and lack of good practices create a significant hurdle for alleviating energy poverty in Hungary. For years there has not been any significant support for household renovations, neither at the national nor at the local level. Moreover, the lack of municipalities’ capacity and resources also block addressing the issue. Therefore the so-called 'EnPover Municipalities' project has just launched in order to alleviate energy poverty with the help of a transnational municipal experts board.
EnPover project supported by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). The Hungarian project partner and co-ordinator is Energiaklub.
The aim of the project:
The main aim of the project is to gain the best practices of low-cost energy efficiency measures from the partner states (Poland, Germany, Hungary). Thus energy poverty could be alleviated in the cycle of low and middle-low income households.
- Organizing workshops with experts from municipalities, tenant’s, private homeowner’s, consumer protection, social welfare, and energy consultation organizations,
- Developing a toolkit of customized support schemes for the implementation of low-cost energy efficiency measures in private households,
- Organizing field trips to visit good examples in practice,
- Provide initial consulting to kick-start a municipal pilot awareness-raising campaign. Decision-makers will be also addressed to raise their awareness for existing tools and the potential for their application on the local level.