Who’s to pay? Splitting the bill for a just energy transition

The transition to an efficient energy system fully based on renewables is central to the European Green Deal commitment to decarbonising. Phasing out fossil fuels means radically changing how we generate, supply and consume energy -- and it will require massive investments. Splitting the bill must be done in a fair way, to ensure low-income …

A green bailout must put Europe’s energy poor first

This opinion piece was originally published in Euractiv. Energy poverty is a persistent European scourge, affecting millions, but today, COVID-19 is deepening this crisis. Confinement has led to soaring domestic energy consumption (and bills) as millions of families are forced to stay home in inadequate, unhealthy housing. Moreover, many energy-poor people are the ‘essential workers’, …

Fighting energy poverty: from East to West

All around Europe, the fight against energy poverty is gaining momentum as people and groups connect the dots between climate change, air pollution, social inequality, and health. Ending energy poverty has also been presented as central in the new European Green Deal. Cold, heat, quality of buildings, energy bills... Challenges vary tremendously across our continent. …

European Green Deal: which groups are calling for action?

On Wednesday 15 January 2020, the European Parliament will vote on its position on the European Green Deal. All political groups have prepared position documents outlining their vision for an energy transition. But how do they measure up on ambition to address energy poverty? Here's our analysis. European Left Group (GUE/NGL) The European Left Group …