The Concrete Initiative - energy poverty

Concrete Dialogue 2016: Responsible solutions to Europe’s housing challenges

There is a growing need for more affordable, energy efficient, comfortable housing, especially in our cities. We need innovative new collaborations from key players with scalable responses to these pressing challenges. This event provided a shared space for a range of stakeholders to consider what more the construction sector can do to help deliver solutions.

Energy poverty: evaluating and understanding the current situation

Energy poverty is an issue which is moving increasingly to the forefront of the wider EU debate on energy. Against this backdrop, the Commission is looking at ways in which it can support the Member States in protecting vulnerable consumers.   Areas in which it plans to take action include identifying good practices and facilitating an exchange of information. But first of all it is important to understand what is meant by energy poverty and what the extent of the problem really is. 

Parliament calls for more ambition on energy performance of buildings

On 23 June, the European Parliament adopted a resolution in relation to the Energy Efficiency Directive, in which it calls on the EU Member States to be more active and ambitious in the implementation of the Energy Efficiency in Buildings Directive. 

Parliament turns attention to household energy needs

On 26 May 2016, the European Parliament adopted a resolution which focuses on the cost of energy incurred by European households.  As noted by the Parliament, the current and ongoing energy transition, which involves moving away from a traditional and centralised energy generation model towards one which is more decentralised, energy-efficient and based significantly on renewable energy, does involve an increase in costs.

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