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Join the next session on summertime energy poverty and gender approach at the European Sustainable Energy Week on June 21th 16:30 – 18:00 CEST.

Discover why women are more exposed to summertime energy poverty than men and how women are also the defenders of the right to energy in their homes and communities. Women should be put at the heart of the EU’s just energy transition to help ensure that we leave no one behind.

Lidija Živčič – Focus and Mònica Guiteras Blaya – ESF will take part to the session, highlighting the situations of women with regard to the results of Empowermed.

Find more details on this online session and on the speakers: here.

Registration: here.

From EmpowerMed’s field actions, discover the recommendations to better understand and know the links between energy poverty and health, and how to act against energy poverty to have good impacts on health: Here

Please find a new article on EURACTIV media quoting EmpowerMed work and conclusions through the testimony of Katharina Habersbrunner – WECF, partner of the project : here (article available in English, French and German).

=> for an awareness of gender inequalities in relation to energy poverty and for the implementation of new multidisciplinary and participatory methods to ensure women contribute to energy poverty alleviation and to energy sector in general.

This article refers to the EmpowerMed report: Gender and energy poverty – Facts and arguments

To go further, discover the new EmpowerMed policy paper: Policy recommendations for gender-just policies to reduce energy poverty

If you want to learn more on energy poverty alleviation tactics that stood the test of a health pandemic and a deep energy crisis: collective assemblies, mentorship and households visits, joint energy initiatives…

=> join us for the joint in-person event from the EU-funded projects PowerPoor and EmpowerMed
in Brussels on March 29 – 9:00 – 12:30. (Manhattan Meeting Centre by Spaces – Avenue du Boulevard 21, 1210 Brussels)

Agenda and details: here

Registration: here

It’s now time for the registration. In cooperation with Power Poor project, the European Environnemental Bureau, The Right to Energy Coalition and the EU Energy Poverty Advisory Hub, EmpowerMed’s partners are pleased to invite you to the political session on Energy poverty, gender and health in the European Parliament on the March, 29th 13:00 – 15:00.

The agenda is downloadable : here

Please register until March, 20th : here

“No more utility cuts!” This is the main message of this video which featured women in Barcelona asking for a basic service for water, electricity and gas.

Discover and share the video published by ESF, EmpowerMed’s partner in Barcelona: here.

Join EmpowerMed consortium for a policy dialogue with EU decision makers on the nexus of energy poverty, gender and health in the Mediterranean. 29.03.2023 13:00 – 15:00 – European Parliament – Brussels.

This session will be hosted by Lina Gálvez Muñoz and Romana Jerković, Members of European Parliament.

A great chance to move the lines towards a fairer energy policy in Europe.

After two years of field pilots, EmpowerMed partners have compiled policy recommendations to move beyond the “low income – poor energy efficiency – high expenditures” triad and address summer energy poverty, gender aspects and the links between health and energy poverty.
Find out about them today here.

Europe faced with extreme heatwaves this summer. The raise of temperatures is coming faster and more intense than researchers expected, raising questions about what to anticipate in the future and particularly to prevent energy poverty. Indeed, energy poverty does not only mean suffering from the cold, but also enduring the heat.

EmpowerMed’s coordinator, Dr. Lidija Živčič, prepared a policy brief on summertime energy poverty for Engager – Energy Poverty Action. After a review of the problem and its consequences, the paper defines policy guidelines and research areas to be implemented as soon as possible. From urban interventions to reduce heat islands in cities to low tech solutions relying more on human than on technology, take note on the urgent measures to be developped !

Upload the policy brief: here.

As co-author of the article Energy poverty and emerging debates: Beyond the traditional triangle of energy poverty drivers, EmpowerMed is pleased to let you know that the final version – containing full bibliographic details – is now available online.

This paper evaluates whether, how, and why policy documents in six diverse European countries (Spain, France, Portugal, the United Kingdom, North Macedonia, and Slovenia) link energy poverty to other related policy areas. Our exploratory study suggests that the most explicit links to energy poverty are made in energy efficiency policies rather than in energy price and income policies, due to the dominant techno-economic approach to addressing energy poverty.

As countries with a long tradition of addressing energy poverty, France and the United Kingdom integrate energy poverty to a greater extent in linked policies. Policy integration is reflected in EU efforts to include energy poverty in climate and energy policies.

Emerging debates linked to energy poverty include good governance, citizens’ agency, new energy services, and new threats from the energy transition. We argue that the spatial divide of energy poverty across Europe is more than a physical (infrastructural) divide. It is a policy (political) divide embedded in the economic and political space co-shaped by national path dependencies, such as the social welfare system, the energy market, the level of experience of dealing with energy poverty, and the influence of EU policies. These conditions determine the national policy integration efforts linked to energy poverty.

Anyone clicking on this link before October 07, 2022 will be taken directly to the final version of our article on ScienceDirect, which they are welcome to read or download. No sign up, registration or fees are required.


Just energy transition, inter-european comparison, policy analysis, policy integration, explicit and implicit links, energy and climate policies


Ana Stojilovska: Department of Government and Public Policy, Institute for Political Science, Centre for Social Sciences, Tóth Kálmán utca 4, 1097, Budapest, Hungary

Rachel Guyet: CIFE (Centre International de Formation Européenne, Nice, France)

Katherine Mahoney and João PedroGouveia: CENSE – Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research & CHANGE – Global Change and Sustainability Institute, NOVA School of Science and Technology, NOVA University Lisbon, Campus de Caparica, 2829-516, Caparica, Portugal

Raúl Castaño-Rosa: Sustainable Housing Design Research Group (ASUTUT), Faculty of Built Environment, Tampere University, Finland

Lidija Živčič and Tomislav Tkalec: Focus Association for Sustainable Development, Slovenia

Ricardo Barbosa: AdEPorto – Porto Energy Agency, Rua Gonçalo Cristóvão, 347 Fr.B Est.2, 4000-270, Porto, Portugal