Our energy system isn’t working. Let’s fix it!

50 million Europeans cannot afford to keep their homes warm in the winter 100 million Europeans cannot keep their homes cool in the summer 7 million Europeans receive disconnection notices every year Our energy system is wasteful, polluting and unfair. Due to high costs, low incomes and low-quality homes, millions of Europeans cannot adequately heat …

New report: Majority of EU countries unable to keep citizens warm this winter

New research puts forth a first-of-its-kind EU index on energy poverty, revealing a majority of EU countries have significant levels of energy poverty and are unable to keep their citizens warm this winter. Energy poverty is especially prevalent in south and east of Europe. Bulgaria outstrips other countries for prevalence of four key indicators - …

Will the EU electricity market protect Europeans from disconnection?

The EU has recognised access to energy as a human right. But whether it will enforce a  disconnection safeguard remains to be seen, writes Guillaume Derivaux. Guillaume Durivaux is Policy Officer for the Utilities sector at EPSU, the European Federation of Public Service Unions. This opinion piece was originally published in Euractiv Fifteen years after …

Eliminating energy poverty in Europe: The role of Market Design

Energy poverty is rising in Europe. Arrears in utility bills have increased 40% in the EU since the financial crisis. 7 million families receive disconnection notices every year. 1 in 10 Europeans cannot keep warm in winter, while 1 in 5 cannot keep cool in the summer[1]. Last June, 68 national, European and international organisations …

Fighting energy poverty in Europe: the next steps

Political deals have now been reached for 4 EU energy files. For a year now, the Right to Energy coalition, bringing together unions, social, environmental, and health organisations, has been working to link social and climate justice, to include energy poverty meaningfully in this legislative package. Energy poverty is still rising in Europe, after a sharp …