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     Forum 2020 Programme

    TimeTuesdayWednesdayThursday
    10:00
    -
    11:00

    Introducing the European-wide movement

    This session will introduce energy poverty and it's different forms across Europe. Join us to hear from activists and experts in the field in Spain, Serbia, France, Greece, UK, Bulgaria and Lithuania. Presented by Right to Energy Coalition co-founders EPSU and FoEE. Translation: French

    Facilitator:

    Guillaume Durivaux and Martha Myers (European Public Service Unions & Friends of the Earth Europe)

    Energy for all: Beyond ‘vulnerability’

    What would a free band of energy look like for all? Join Fuel Poverty Action to discuss moving beyond means-testing and how to make sure grassroots energy users feed into the debate from the beginning. Translation: Spanish

    Facilitator:

    Alexa Waud (Fuel Poverty Action)

    Eradicating energy poverty through National Energy and Climate Plans

    Is tackling energy poverty a priority or an empty promise for member states in their NECPs? Speakers from the European Commission and experts in Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and Poland will discuss their analysis of the current measures and present their recommendations on how the European Commission and national governments could address energy poverty more effectively.

    Facilitator:

    Mathias Claeys Bouuaert (CAN Europe/UNIFY project)

    11:30
    -
    12:30

    Energy poverty during Covid-19: Lessons from the ground

    STEP is a Horizon 2020 project that tackles energy poverty across Europe through trusted advice and low cost energy efficiency solutions. During the pandemic STEP developed new ways to engage and reach out to energy poor households and provide them with the support needed in these crucial times. Join us to hear from the colleagues on the ground on their practical solutions and action during Covid-19.

    Facilitator:

    Cezara Popovici (Solutions to tackle energy poverty-STEP)

    Who pays and who benefits in the energy transition?

    Join senior advisor Louise, Clotilde Clark-Foulquier of FEANTSA, Mathias Maucher of the European Anti-Poverty Network and Stanislas d'Herbemont of REScoop.eu to identify opportunities in EU and national policy to ensure that the energy transition is fair. This will share important insight from the fields of poverty and social exclusion, housing and community energy.

    Facilitator:

    Louise Sunderland (Regulatory Assistance Project)

    Energy poverty: Opportunities and complexities in Eastern Europe

    The Balkans have the highest rates of energy poverty in Europe. How can we build renovation programs with special attention for the most vulnerable communities in this region? Mincho Benov from Habitat Bulgaria and Georgi Georgiev, Head of the Department of Architecture at New Bulgarian University, will share the context-specific solutions and how they have effectively engaged with groups such as the Roma community.

    Facilitator:

    Mincho Benov (Habitat Bulgaria)

    14:00
    -
    15:00

    Active solidarity: how to build a grassroot movement

    Grassroot activists from Alianza contra la Pobreza Energética will share successful campaign strategies in their solidarity work alongside energy poor communities in Catalonia and Spain. Session in Spanish. Translation into English. Other languages available.

    Facilitator:

    Monica Guiteras (Alianza contra la Pobreza Energética )

    How do we envision equitable Energy Transitions?

    Come along for this solution-based discussion with the Chair of the ENGAGER COST Action (and outgoing chair of the EU Energy Poverty Observatory) on how to transform our regions and cities in order to embed just energy transformations in multiple aspects of policy and governance.

    Facilitator:

    Stefan Bouzarovski (EU Energy Poverty Observatory)

    Community energy ownership: Local and democratic solutions to energy poverty

    Online Panel Discussion

    This panel discussion will explore the importance of energy ownership as a socially just and democratic solution to energy poverty. Key themes include energy democracy and clean energy transition. Panellists include REScoop and Repowering London. Translation: French

    Facilitator:

    Molly Walsh and Susann Scherbarth (Friends of the Earth Europe)

    15:30
    -
    16:30

    Energy poverty and gender justice: Practical action and policy measures

    Focus Slovenia have worked in the field of addressing energy poverty in practice and policy for 10 years. They now run a H2020 project EmpowerMed that is focusing on gender perspective of energy poverty. Join us to hear more about their work including energy advising in households.

    Facilitator:

    Lidija Živčič (Focus Slovenia)

    MEP panel discussion: What can we do at EU level?

    Online Panel Discussion

    What responsibility do we have at EU level to effectively tackle energy poverty? Join us with key Members of European Parliament to explore ambitious policy demands in light of the European Commission's Renovation Wave strategy. Panellists include: Cornelia Ernst (GUE/NGL) Radan Kanev (EPP) Kim van Sparrentak (EFA) Manuel Pizarro (S&D) Green representatives TBC Facilitated by FEANTSA Translation: French and German

    Facilitator:

    Clotilde Clark-Foulquier (FEANSTA)

    The Next Steps? Key solutions to tackle energy poverty in Europe

    Webinar

    This session will explore important themes from the Forum to identify solutions together. Session facilitated by Friends of the Earth Europe Closing words from ETUC Translation into French

    Facilitator:

    Susi Scherbarth (Friends of the Earth Europe) and Felix Mailleux (European Trade Union Confederation)

    17:00
    -
    18:30/td>

    Towards an Empowering Narrative: Energy Poverty and Climate Justice

    Online Panel Discussion

    How do we share and empower narratives of those in energy poverty? Join this panel discussion to hear views on how creating narrative with dignity. Panel discussion with: Maruška Mileta - Friends of the Earth Croatia Marielle Feenstra - Energy Feminist Isabella Pearce- Shado Magazine 

    Facilitator:

    Samia Dumbuya (Friends of the Earth Europe)

    Going public: The way forward to end energy poverty?

    From 17-18h. This panel discussion will explore the impact of liberalisation on energy prices, public ownership and the role of public service as a way to fight energy poverty. EPSU general secretary, Jan Willem Goudriaan, will be joined by: Vera Weghmann (professor at Public Services International Research Unit, University of Greenwich), Sean Sweeney (School of Labor and Urban Studies, City University of New York) and Lavinia Steinfort (researcher at the Transnational Institute TNI).

    Facilitator:

    Guillaume Durivaux (European Federation of Public Service Unions)

    Networking Space

    An open event to discuss the Forum and movement together. There will be breakout rooms to connect with like minded organisations and share ideas.

    TimeTuesday
    10:00
    -
    11:00

    Introducing the European-wide movement

    This session will introduce energy poverty and it's different forms across Europe. Join us to hear from activists and experts in the field in Spain, Serbia, France, Greece, UK, Bulgaria and Lithuania. Presented by Right to Energy Coalition co-founders EPSU and FoEE. Translation: French

    Facilitator:

    Guillaume Durivaux and Martha Myers (European Public Service Unions & Friends of the Earth Europe)

    11:30
    -
    12:30

    Energy poverty during Covid-19: Lessons from the ground

    STEP is a Horizon 2020 project that tackles energy poverty across Europe through trusted advice and low cost energy efficiency solutions. During the pandemic STEP developed new ways to engage and reach out to energy poor households and provide them with the support needed in these crucial times. Join us to hear from the colleagues on the ground on their practical solutions and action during Covid-19.

    Facilitator:

    Cezara Popovici (Solutions to tackle energy poverty-STEP)

    14:00
    -
    15:00

    Active solidarity: how to build a grassroot movement

    Grassroot activists from Alianza contra la Pobreza Energética will share successful campaign strategies in their solidarity work alongside energy poor communities in Catalonia and Spain. Session in Spanish. Translation into English. Other languages available.

    Facilitator:

    Monica Guiteras (Alianza contra la Pobreza Energética )

    15:30
    -
    16:30

    Energy poverty and gender justice: Practical action and policy measures

    Focus Slovenia have worked in the field of addressing energy poverty in practice and policy for 10 years. They now run a H2020 project EmpowerMed that is focusing on gender perspective of energy poverty. Join us to hear more about their work including energy advising in households.

    Facilitator:

    Lidija Živčič (Focus Slovenia)

    17:00
    -
    18:30/td>

    Towards an Empowering Narrative: Energy Poverty and Climate Justice

    Online Panel Discussion

    How do we share and empower narratives of those in energy poverty? Join this panel discussion to hear views on how creating narrative with dignity. Panel discussion with: Maruška Mileta - Friends of the Earth Croatia Marielle Feenstra - Energy Feminist Isabella Pearce- Shado Magazine 

    Facilitator:

    Samia Dumbuya (Friends of the Earth Europe)

    TimeWednesday
    10:00
    -
    11:00

    Energy for all: Beyond ‘vulnerability’

    What would a free band of energy look like for all? Join Fuel Poverty Action to discuss moving beyond means-testing and how to make sure grassroots energy users feed into the debate from the beginning. Translation: Spanish

    Facilitator:

    Alexa Waud (Fuel Poverty Action)

    11:30
    -
    12:30

    Who pays and who benefits in the energy transition?

    Join senior advisor Louise, Clotilde Clark-Foulquier of FEANTSA, Mathias Maucher of the European Anti-Poverty Network and Stanislas d'Herbemont of REScoop.eu to identify opportunities in EU and national policy to ensure that the energy transition is fair. This will share important insight from the fields of poverty and social exclusion, housing and community energy.

    Facilitator:

    Louise Sunderland (Regulatory Assistance Project)

    14:00
    -
    15:00

    How do we envision equitable Energy Transitions?

    Come along for this solution-based discussion with the Chair of the ENGAGER COST Action (and outgoing chair of the EU Energy Poverty Observatory) on how to transform our regions and cities in order to embed just energy transformations in multiple aspects of policy and governance.

    Facilitator:

    Stefan Bouzarovski (EU Energy Poverty Observatory)

    15:30
    -
    16:30

    MEP panel discussion: What can we do at EU level?

    Online Panel Discussion

    What responsibility do we have at EU level to effectively tackle energy poverty? Join us with key Members of European Parliament to explore ambitious policy demands in light of the European Commission's Renovation Wave strategy. Panellists include: Cornelia Ernst (GUE/NGL) Radan Kanev (EPP) Kim van Sparrentak (EFA) Manuel Pizarro (S&D) Green representatives TBC Facilitated by FEANTSA Translation: French and German

    Facilitator:

    Clotilde Clark-Foulquier (FEANSTA)

    17:00
    -
    18:30/td>

    Going public: The way forward to end energy poverty?

    From 17-18h. This panel discussion will explore the impact of liberalisation on energy prices, public ownership and the role of public service as a way to fight energy poverty. EPSU general secretary, Jan Willem Goudriaan, will be joined by: Vera Weghmann (professor at Public Services International Research Unit, University of Greenwich), Sean Sweeney (School of Labor and Urban Studies, City University of New York) and Lavinia Steinfort (researcher at the Transnational Institute TNI).

    Facilitator:

    Guillaume Durivaux (European Federation of Public Service Unions)

    TimeThursday
    10:00
    -
    11:00

    Eradicating energy poverty through National Energy and Climate Plans

    Is tackling energy poverty a priority or an empty promise for member states in their NECPs? Speakers from the European Commission and experts in Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and Poland will discuss their analysis of the current measures and present their recommendations on how the European Commission and national governments could address energy poverty more effectively.

    Facilitator:

    Mathias Claeys Bouuaert (CAN Europe/UNIFY project)

    11:30
    -
    12:30

    Energy poverty: Opportunities and complexities in Eastern Europe

    The Balkans have the highest rates of energy poverty in Europe. How can we build renovation programs with special attention for the most vulnerable communities in this region? Mincho Benov from Habitat Bulgaria and Georgi Georgiev, Head of the Department of Architecture at New Bulgarian University, will share the context-specific solutions and how they have effectively engaged with groups such as the Roma community.

    Facilitator:

    Mincho Benov (Habitat Bulgaria)

    14:00
    -
    15:00

    Community energy ownership: Local and democratic solutions to energy poverty

    Online Panel Discussion

    This panel discussion will explore the importance of energy ownership as a socially just and democratic solution to energy poverty. Key themes include energy democracy and clean energy transition. Panellists include REScoop and Repowering London. Translation: French

    Facilitator:

    Molly Walsh and Susann Scherbarth (Friends of the Earth Europe)

    15:30
    -
    16:30

    The Next Steps? Key solutions to tackle energy poverty in Europe

    Webinar

    This session will explore important themes from the Forum to identify solutions together. Session facilitated by Friends of the Earth Europe Closing words from ETUC Translation into French

    Facilitator:

    Susi Scherbarth (Friends of the Earth Europe) and Felix Mailleux (European Trade Union Confederation)

    17:00
    -
    18:30

    Networking Space

    An open event to discuss the Forum and movement together. There will be breakout rooms to connect with like minded organisations and share ideas.

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