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Tackling Energy Poverty through Collective Advisory Assemblies and Electricity and Comfort Monitoring Campaigns

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Thermal Energy and Building Performance Group, Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC), Jardins de les Dones de Negre 1, 2a, 08930 Sant Adrià de Besòs, Spain
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Energy Systems Analytics Group, Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC), Jardins de les Dones de Negre 1, 2a, 08930 Sant Adrià de Besòs, Spain
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Project and Construction Engineering Department, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Avda. Diagonal 647, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
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Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), 08193 Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain
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Enginyeria Sense Fronteres, Carrer Múrcia 24 Baixos, 08027 Barcelona, Spain
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Centre for Regional Economic Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard St., Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 1WB, UK
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Academic Editor: Samuel Asumadu-Sarkodie
Sustainability 2021, 13(17), 9671; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13179671
Received: 21 July 2021 / Revised: 19 August 2021 / Accepted: 24 August 2021 / Published: 27 August 2021
The present work aims to describe and analyze the results of the interventions carried out in the Barcelona pilot site of the EmpowerMed project. The overall objective of EmpowerMed is to tackle energy poverty and to help improve the health of people in coastal areas of Mediterranean countries, with a particular focus on women. The main support approach implemented in Barcelona is Collective Advisory Assemblies (CAA), in the framework of Alliance against Energy Poverty. CAA is an innovative, collaborative empowering engagement tool that offers an alternative to the more traditional one-off individual household advice and support approaches. CAAs take place together with a monitoring campaign where: electricity consumption is analyzed to optimize the supply contracts, and indoor environmental comfort to provide recommendations for wellbeing improvement. Through the different approaches, a characterization of the people that have participated in the Barcelona pilot site was completed, from a socioeconomic, energy, thermal comfort and air quality perspective. Additionally, it was compared with a group of energy poverty non-affected households, which are involved in the monitoring campaign. Finally, the impact was quantified in terms of empowerment of energy poverty population and, potential economic savings. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy poverty; collective advisory assembly; smart meters; thermal comfort; air quality; gender energy poverty; collective advisory assembly; smart meters; thermal comfort; air quality; gender
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Ortiz, J.; Jiménez Martínez, M.; Alegría-Sala, A.; Tirado-Herrero, S.; González Pijuan, I.; Guiteras Blaya, M.; Canals Casals, L. Tackling Energy Poverty through Collective Advisory Assemblies and Electricity and Comfort Monitoring Campaigns. Sustainability 2021, 13, 9671. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13179671

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Ortiz J, Jiménez Martínez M, Alegría-Sala A, Tirado-Herrero S, González Pijuan I, Guiteras Blaya M, Canals Casals L. Tackling Energy Poverty through Collective Advisory Assemblies and Electricity and Comfort Monitoring Campaigns. Sustainability. 2021; 13(17):9671. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13179671

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Ortiz, Joana, Mariana Jiménez Martínez, Alba Alegría-Sala, Sergio Tirado-Herrero, Irene González Pijuan, Mònica Guiteras Blaya, and Lluc Canals Casals. 2021. "Tackling Energy Poverty through Collective Advisory Assemblies and Electricity and Comfort Monitoring Campaigns" Sustainability 13, no. 17: 9671. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13179671

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