Access to justice for energy consumers: joining the gaps with the support of the Ombuds

Originally posted on ESRCjustenergy:
Our Just Energy project (2017-2021) is located at the crossroads between academia and practice. To engage with the real world and to hopefully build an impact, we have looked at the situation in five European jurisdictions: the UK, France, Italy, Bulgaria and Catalonia. We chose those jurisdictions because of their different…

EUSEW 2020: making accessible clean energy a central element of a green recovery

The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) ran online between 22-26 June 2020 under the theme: ‘Beyond the crisis: clean energy for green recovery and growth’, for which I had the honour to be an ambassador and a speaker in the Energy Poverty session.

Call for Action: Energy poverty will increase with the COVID-19 crisis. Time for a right to energy!

Read the Call for Action the COST Engager network put together on energy poverty and the coronavirus crisis

Local challenges & solutions for those living in vulnerable situations in the French countryside

Originally posted on ESRCjustenergy:
The justenergy research project aims to explore areas where policy, energy poverty and vulnerability intersect, in part, to gain a better understanding of ‘lived vulnerability’. To probe beyond the laws and regulations that define the relationships between energy systems and energy consumers, we have arranged to visit people in their homes.[1]…

Energy consumer protection at the time of Coronavirus: a case study

The COVID-19 outbreak makes us face an unprecedented situation. Our consumption and social model needs to be reinvented. Governments seem to have decided not to add to the health crisis a social catastrophe that would leave too many people out in the cold. In this paper, I explore the first support measures for energy consumers set up in five countries: Italy, France, Belgium, Spain and the United Kingdom. 

European Sustainable Energy Week Ambassador!

In these troubled times, I am nevertheless pleased to announce that I am an Ambassador for the Fifteenth European Sustainable Energy Week, organised each year by the European Commission. The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is the biggest event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe. Three days of policy conference in Brussels offer various […]

Beyond the “throwaway society”: how the EU’s Circular Economy Action Plan will benefit consumers

The European Commission is not lacking ambition in terms of sustainability. On 11 March 2020, the EC unveiled its plan for the circular economy. Let’s check what’s in for consumers.