EU Energy Poverty

The objective of the EU Energy Poverty Advisory Hub is to eradicate energy poverty and accelerate the just energy transition of European regions, cities, towns and villages. By providing direct support, online training, research to local authorities and civil society organisations & by building a collaborative network of all stakeholders interested in taking action to combat energy poverty in Europe.

The Approach

Focus on local level

Supporting authorities and structure by: promoting actions on the ground, sharing good examples, bottom up multilevel governance argument, creating enabling environment

Creating synergies with all layers of governance

National (EPOV step stone)
Regional (involvement in capacity building activities)
Municipal: from energy service provider towards coordinator of the EP efforts
Community: NGO’s, academia, energy agencies, citizens’ initiative

Local level approach – Antennas

National disseminators for the EPAH services
Provider of support/capacity building in national languages
National contact point for strategic and practical exchange with the EPAH
Local/regional expert (ad hoc for direct support).

Main outcomes

A practical approach to Energy Poverty – Action oriented

Research > Publications - Handbooks and guides
Direct support via a series of calls
Open to all support via trainings (physical and online)
Dissemination (online via EPAH website and via events).

Main outcomes – Research

Research on indicators (drivers, impact) for measuring and monitoring energy poverty
Research on energy poverty initiatives and good practices
Online map of energy poverty projects and activities at global scale
Local level case studies/best practices for knowledge sharing
Project handbooks

Main outcomes – Support

Open to all support via
Massive Open Online Courses (long and short trainings)
Educational short videos
Physical events (high-level, local/regional events and workshops)
Direct support

Technical support will be provided to municipalities via two open calls with regional and thematic approach.


UP-STAIRS -UP-lifting Communities: Structuring collective Action for Sustainable local Transition and Identifying Regulatory Solutions for adopting frontier technologies and disruptive business models

The UP-STAIRS project accelerates the creation of energy communities. It develops flexible and iterative business model frameworks for One-Stop-Shops for local collective actions which support local stakeholders in working together. UP-STAIRS facilitates citizen participation in the energy transition and supports them in becoming prosumers. One-Stop-Shops for energy communities are set-up in 5 pilot regions in Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Ireland and Spain.

Objectives of the project:

  • Accelerating the creation of new energy communities in 5 pilot regions
  • Supporting citizens and municipalities in becoming prosumers
  • Testing new Energy Service model frameworks of One-Stop-Shops for local collective actions which support local stakeholders in working together
  • Stimulating replication in other regions throughout the EU.

Expected impacts:

  • Setting-up and testing 5 One-Stop-Shops for energy communities and collective local action
  • Triggering 66 million Euro in sustainable energy investments / energy-related investments
  • Engaging 10,000 consumers in sustainable energy activities

Thе project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 892037

Project team:

  • University College Cork – National University of Ireland (IERC), Ireland
  • Associació Ecoserveis (ECO), Spain
  • Sofia Energy Centre (SEC), Bulgaria
  • GreenCom Networks (GCN), Germany
  • Polish National Energy Conservation Agency (KAPE), Poland
  • OÖ Energiesparverband (ESV), Austria
  • Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB), Catalonia/Spain
  • Cork City Council (CCC), Ireland
  • Municipality of Asenovgrad (ASEN), Bulgaria
  • Ekubirojs (ESEB), Latvia
European Union
The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant agreement No 892037

Rhodoshop – a pilot programme to facilitate investment in energy efficiency by creation of One-Stop-Shop in Rhodope Region of Bulgaria.

The project is a joint undertaking of six pioneering municipalities – Smolyan, Banite, Chepelare, Devin, Nedelino and Zlatograd. Other key actors are:

  • Association of Rhodope Municipalities (ARM) – Rhodoshop host organization;
  • Sofia Energy Centre – providing management and coordination support to Rhodoshop;
  • GRE-Liege – subcontractor for capacity building of Rhodoshop staff on One-Stop-Shop operation and on-going support during Rhodoshop operation phase.

Rhodoshop OSS has a team of 4 employees, extensively trained in legal, economic and technical aspects. External support for energy audits and feasibility assessments is foreseen through subcontracting.

Main advantages:

Assists the local authorities in the region in building technical, economic, legal and administrative expertise for a wider implementation of energy efficiency in small sized rural municipalities;
Helps Rhodope municipalities in securing funding while taking into account organizational, administrative, legal and financial aspects;
Bridges the gap between project owners and financiers by providing bankable investment projects ready to be financed;
Overcomes barriers of small project size through bundling.
European Union
The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant agreement No 748425

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Green Twinning

Green Twinning project (ended 05.04.2014) is directed towards municipal authorities with the main aim to strengthen their capacity in institutionalising sustainable energy policies into their operations; this will be accomplished through direct exchange of experience, peer-to-peer and twinning approaches between local authorities from the EU-12 that are experienced in the sector and learning ones from the EU-15

The specific objectives during the action comprise:

  • Integration of sustainable energy policies in local authorities’ operations.
  • Strengthened technical and financial capacity in the fields of sustainable energy policy and implementation.
  • Twinning agreements between “learning” and “experienced” municipalities that will last beyond the project end and are focused on the development and implementation of SEAP measures targeting EE and RES.
  • Development of environmentally and socially acceptable SEAPs to be submitted for approval by the Covenant of Mayors.
  • Delivery of SEAP actions and inclusion of leading examples in the Benchmarks of Excellence highlighted in the Covenant of Mayors.
  • Promotion of the Covenant of Mayors initiative to the municipalities.

Project partners come from several European countries as follows:

Regional Union of Municipalities of Attica (PEDA) - Athens, Greece - Co-ordinator
Association of Rhodope Municipalities - Bulgaria
Polish Network ``Energie Cités`` - Poland
Municipality of Giurgiu - Romania
Building and Civil Engineering Institute ZRMK - Slovenia
Energy Agency of La Ribera - Spain
Municipality of Vrhnika - Slovenia
Harghita Energy Management Public Service - Romania
Green Twinning Project was co-funded by Intelligent Energy Europe Programme of EC
Intelligent Energy Europe
Regions 202020

ENNEREG- Regions Paving the Way for a Sustainable Energy Europe

The ENNEREG project represents 12 regional partnerships committed to serve as pioneers demonstrating how regions of all types and sizes can be a key driving force in fulfilling the European 20-20-20 goal.

ENNEREG entails three main dimensions:

The first dimension concerns the 12 regional partnerships (ENNEREG Regions) making a coordinated approach in defining visions and goals suited to the local policy context, the region’s resources and the interests of stakeholders. This will lead to a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) for each region to serve as a framework for the implementation process

The second dimension is to encourage regions beyond the consortium to take up the sustainable energy challenge, thereby adding value by multiplying the impact of the ENNEREG project.

The third dimension is to create an enabling environment, EU Regions 202020, for broader debate on how regions can help meet EU targets in the field of local and regional Sustainable Energy Action

The project has 16 partners from 11 European countries, partners from Bulgaria are Sofia Energy Centre and Municipality of Silistra

The project is co-funded by Intelligent Energy Europe Programme of EC.
Intelligent Energy Europe

Other municipal projects are:

SmartEnCity – Towards Smart Zero CO2 Cities across Europe, for more information: energy policy and planning

Green ProcA, Green Public Procurement in Action, for more information: energy policy and planning

Buy Smart+ Green Procurement in Europe, for more information: energy policy and planning

Increasing Capacities in Cities for Innovative Financing in Energy Efficiency, CITYnvest, for more information: financial schemes