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Covenant of Mayors signatories discuss energy poverty

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The Covenant of Mayors and the Committee of the Regions organised a conference on the role of local and regional authorities in addressing energy poverty on 11 October.

On account of their legal competence to address the social impacts of energy efficiency in buildings, local and regional authorities play a key role in tackling energy poverty. As part of the European Week of Regions and Cities, a conference showcasing their projects and achievements was organised by the Covenant of Mayors Office and the EU Committee of the Regions in Brussels on 11 October.

Cities have the means to provide incentives for the energy efficient renovation of buildings or the installation of energy efficient devices. A case in point is the city of Rijeka, where the municipality co-finances 50% of the amount needed for the installation of devices that connect buildings to the district heating network.”

However, it remains a challenge to reach the most deprived households either through targeted financial schemes for home renovations, or through direct budget support to cover energy bills. The adoption of new business models, such as local energy cooperatives that empower citizens and provide more affordable energy solutions to their members (Energiris in Brussels, or the New Wind Farm cooperative in Tipperary), should also be encouraged. The Covenant of Mayors community was highlighted as a channel for spreading the word and upscaling local solutions. Please contact us if you want to share your good practices in tackling energy poverty.

Find out more in the press release, here