For many, the start of this year’s winter comes along with unease and concerns. An estimated 50 million households in Europe do not have adequate access to essential energy services and goods. With steadily rising energy costs and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many more vulnerable people already at risk may slip under the line of energy poverty, soon.
The Empowermed team published a report which sheds light on the issue of energy poverty in Europe and Germany and examines corresponding policies and legislative frameworks. By looking into the causes and effects of energy poverty, the intersection between energy poverty and gender is highlighted.
With the publication of this report, the EmpowerMed team calls for more inclusive, gender equal and democratic strategies at the European and German level, being the only way of effectively tackling energy poverty.