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Spotlight on Next Energy Consumer by the Florence School of Regulation!

The Florence School of Regulation interviewed Marine Cornelis, Executive Director of Next Energy Consumer, about her work focusing on putting citizens’ rights at the centre of the Energy Transition, the challenges of energy poverty and making sustainable development inclusive and fair.

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

In February 2020, we visited Réseau Eco-Habitat, a French organisation helping households affected by energy poverty to renovate their houses. This experience was humbling and made us reflect on the concrete impact research and policy work have on the life of the people. Renovation works started soon after our visit to Benoit’s house.

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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]

We chose to visit Réseau Éco-Habitat, close to Compiègne, in the Hauts-de-France region of France, based on its reputation as an innovative non-profit association that helps energy-poor homeowners navigate the complex process of accessing services and service providers to carry out deep energy renovations. Réseau Éco-Habitat  first helps people gain access to financial aid schemes offered by the French agency for housing (Agence nationale de l’habitat [ANAH]) and other public agencies, as well as private actors (mostly foundations) that provide other types of support, including personal assistance and financial aid.

In turn, Réseau Éco-Habitat acts as…

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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.

The Commission’s new agenda will make us sustainable and green consumers

More responsible consumption, consumers armed against greenwashing in all sectors: the van der Leyen Commission does not lack ambition for the years to come.

The Just Transition, the essential tool to build a socially-fair Green Deal

The Just transition fund will have a significant impact on the fight against vulnerability, inadequate housing, energy poverty and mass unemployment. Find how!

Co-creating the right to energy in theory and practice – Workshop report

This report highlights some key points of the presentations delivered on the first day and outcomes of the workshop on enforcement of energy rights I organised on behalf of the ESRC Just Energy team.