Energy Poverty and Protection of Vulnerable Consumers. Overview of the EU Funding Programs FP7 and H2020 and Future Trends in Horizon Europe
2. Objectives and Methodology
- Engager—European energy poverty: agenda cocreation and knowledge innovation (2017–2022)—funded by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology organization (COST);
- EPOV—the EU Energy Poverty Observatory (2016–2019)—initiative by the European Commission;
- Evaluate—energy vulnerability and urban transitions in Europe (2013–2018)—funded by the European Research Council;
- EPEE—European fuel poverty and energy efficiency (2006–2009)—IEE funded project.
- Energy poverty;
- Fuel poverty;
- Energy vulnerability;
- Vulnerable consumers;
- Vulnerable households.
3. Projects Results—Systematization and Comparison
3.1. Selected FP7 and H2020 Projects Dealing with Energy Poverty Issues
3.2. Comparison and Filling Results
- facilitating behavioral change and implementation of low-cost energy efficiency measures tailored for energy poor households;
- supporting the set-up of financial and nonfinancial support schemes for energy efficiency and/or small-scale renewable energy investments for energy poor households;
- developing, testing, and disseminating innovative schemes for energy efficiency/renewable electricity sources (RES) investments established by utilities or other obligated parties under Article 7 (of Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU) .New projects are expected in the coming years, funded by the Calls for Proposals 2019 and 2020.
- Citizens engagement—involvement of vulnerable consumers in order to improve their awareness, to guide them in the adoption of behavioral changes aimed at reducing energy consumption and to support them in the digitization process;
- Climate change and low-carbon transition—policies and actions to tackle climate change and its impacts without negative repercussions on vulnerable citizens; initiatives to fulfil the key objectives of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan);
- Energy efficiency—developing and monitoring technological solutions for Near Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) and building retrofitting. Solutions involve the development of plant systems, building components, and technological systems to reduce consumption and generate energy savings;
- Sustainable urban planning and social housing districts—strategies towards urban planning renovation, regeneration of public spaces, social housing and vulnerable districts, and the pursuit of nearly zero energy cities.
4. Open Issues and Future Trends
Conflicts of Interest
|01||STEP-UP||2012–2015||Strategies Towards Energy Performance and Urban Planning|
|02||EVALUATE *||2013–2018||Energy Vulnerability and Urban Transitions in Europe|
|03||R2CITIES||2013–2017||Renovation of Residential urban spaces: towards nearly zero energy cities|
|04||PACE||2013–2015||Property Assessed Clean Energy|
|05||INSIGHT_E||2014–2017||Interdisciplinary Strategic Intelligence wareHouse and Think-tank for Energy|
|06||REMOURBAN||2015–2019||REgeneration MOdel for accelerating the smart URBAN transformation|
|07||USES *||2015–2018||Understanding Social-Ecological Systems: Coupling population and satellite remotely sensed environmental data to improve the evidence base for sustainable development|
|08||SMARTESS||2015–2021||Social innovation Modelling Approaches to Realizing Transition to Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Innovate|
|09||GREEN-WIN||2015–2018||Green growth and win-win strategies for sustainable climate action|
|10||QBOT||2015–2017||Fast and economic insulation of buildings using robotic systems|
|11||CD-LINKS||2015–2019||Linking Climate and Development Policies—Leveraging International Networks and Knowledge Sharing|
|12||ENTRUST||2015–2018||Energy System Transition Through Stakeholder Activation, Education, and Skills Development|
|13||SMART-UP||2015–2018||Vulnerable consumer empowerment in a smart meter world|
|14||EnerGAware||2015–2018||Energy Game for Awareness of energy efficiency in social housing communities|
|15||COMBI||2015–2018||Calculating and Operationalizing the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency Improvements in Europe|
|16||Decent Living Energy *||2015–2019||Energy and emissions thresholds for providing decent living standards to all|
|17||LEMON *||2015–2020||LEMON Less Energy More OpportuNities|
|18||TRIBE||2015–2018||TRaIningBehaviors towards Energy efficiency: Play it!|
|19||REEM||2016–2019||Role of technologies in an energy efficient economy—model-based analysis of policy measures and transformation pathways to a sustainable energy system|
|20||Think Nature||2016–2019||Renovation of Residential urban spaces: Towards nearly zero energy CITIES|
|21||ABRACADABRA||2016–2019||Assistant Buildings’ addition to Retrofit, Adopt, Cure, and Develop the Actual Buildings up to zeRo energy, Activating a market for deep renovation|
|22||ECHOES||2016–2019||Energy CHOices supporting the Energy union and the Set-plan|
|23||EnerSHIFT *||2016–2020||Energy Social Housing Innovative Financing Tender|
|24||ENERGISE||2016–2019||European Network for Research, Good Practice, and Innovation for Sustainable Energy|
|25||ENABLE.EU||2016–2019||Enabling the Energy Union through understanding the drivers of individual and collective energy choices in Europe|
|26||INNOPATHS||2016–2020||Innovation pathways, strategies, and policies for the Low-Carbon Transition in Europe|
|27||SAVES2 *||2017–2020||Students Achieving Valuable Energy Savings 2|
|28||EnergyKeeper||2017– 2019||Keep the Energy at the right place!|
|29||ASSIST *||2017–2020||ASSIST - Support Network for Household Energy Saving|
|30||AirEX||2017–2018||Smart Ventilation Control|
|31||SOLACE||2017–2017||System of production and delivery self-assembly, carbon neutral, energy positive, and income generating house, which reduces housing overburden declining inequality gap|
|32||AZEB||2017–2020||Affordable zero energy buildings|
|33||InBETWEEN||2017–2020||ICT enabled BEhavioral change ToWards Energy EfficieNt lifestyles|
|34||PV-Prosumers4Grid||2017–2020||Development of innovative self-consumption and aggregation concepts for PV Prosumers to improve grid load and increase market value of PV|
|35||TRANSFAIR||2018–2020||Unfair transitions? A critical examination low-carbon energy pathways in the EU from a domestic energy vulnerability perspective|
|36||STEP-IN *||2018–2020||Using Living Labs to roll out Sustainable Strategies for Energy Poor Individuals|
|37||SCORE||2018–2021||Supporting Consumer Co-Ownership in Renewable Energies|
|38||STEP *||2019–2021||Solution to Tackle Energy Poverty|
|39||EmpowerMed *||2019–2023||Empowering women to take action against energy poverty in the Mediterranean|
|40||SocialWatt *||2019–2022||Connecting Obligated Parties to Adopt Innovative Schemes towards Energy Poverty|
|41||ODYSSEE-MURE||2019–2021||Monitoring EU energy efficiency first principle and policy implementation|
|42||Smart BEEjs *||2019–2023||Human-Centric Energy Districts: Smart Value Generation by Building Efficiency and Energy Justice for Sustainable Living|
|43||HIROSS4all||2019–2022||Home integrated renovation one-stop-shop for vulnerable districts|
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Longo, D.; Olivieri, G.; Roversi, R.; Turci, G.; Turillazzi, B. Energy Poverty and Protection of Vulnerable Consumers. Overview of the EU Funding Programs FP7 and H2020 and Future Trends in Horizon Europe. Energies 2020, 13, 1030. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13051030
Longo D, Olivieri G, Roversi R, Turci G, Turillazzi B. Energy Poverty and Protection of Vulnerable Consumers. Overview of the EU Funding Programs FP7 and H2020 and Future Trends in Horizon Europe. Energies. 2020; 13(5):1030. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13051030Chicago/Turabian Style
Longo, Danila, Giulia Olivieri, Rossella Roversi, Giulia Turci, and Beatrice Turillazzi. 2020. "Energy Poverty and Protection of Vulnerable Consumers. Overview of the EU Funding Programs FP7 and H2020 and Future Trends in Horizon Europe" Energies 13, no. 5: 1030. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13051030