The European Commission has recently awarded a service contract (ENER/2015/B3/507-2) to Dr Harriet Thomson and Professor Stefan Bouzarovski at the University of Manchester, to develop a new European Energy Poverty Observatory (EPOV). The EPOV project is scheduled to last 40 months, and is being developed by a pan-European consortium of six key organisations:
- University of Manchester
- European Policy Centre
- Intrasoft International
- National Energy Action
- Wuppertal Institute
The main consortium partners will also be supported by a range of other energy poverty organisations:
- Asociación de Ciencias Ambientales
- Energy Action Project (EnAct)
- Energy Action Ltd
- Housing Europe
- Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving
- EU Fuel Poverty Network (EUFPN)
The overarching aim of the EPOV is to engender transformational change in the availability of information about the socio-economic extent of energy poverty in Europe, and measures to combat it. Via the following objectives, the EPOV will:
- O1: Improve transparency by bringing together the disparate sources of data and knowledge that exist in varying degrees across the whole of the EU.
- O2: Provide a user-friendly and open-access resource that will promote public engagement as well as informed decision making by local, national and EU-level decision makers.
- O3: Enable networking and facilitate knowledge sharing and co-production among member states and relevant stakeholders.
- O4: Disseminate information and organise outreach work that will connect and build on existing pan-European and Member State initiatives in the energy poverty domain.
- O5: Provide technical assistance to the widest possible range of interested parties, based on a holistic approach to understanding and addressing energy poverty in the European Union.
We have a number of exciting outputs and events planned throughout the duration of the project (December 2016-March 2020), and we are keen to engage the whole spectrum of stakeholders involved in work relating to energy poverty. It is anticipated that the EPOV will go live in late 2017, with the launch of a new interactive web portal. As part of this project, the EUFPN website will eventually be phased out, although we plan to use the existing content (blog articles, membership profiles, etc) on the new web portal. To find out more, visit the official page: http://www.mui.manchester.ac.uk/cure/research/projects/euro-energy-poverty-observatory/