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Energising Equity: Uniting voices to confront Energy Poverty for a Just Transition
Tuesday 18/07/2023 from 16:00 to 18:00 (CET) - Address: Rue Belliard 99, 1040 Brussels, room JDE 52
The concept of a just transition provides a framework for addressing energy poverty within the larger context of sustainable development. A just transition needs to emphasise social equity, workers' rights, community engagement, gender equity, digital gaps and environmental sustainability by promoting a holistic approach to affordable energy access and transition.
Including the voices of those experiencing energy poverty directly should be paramount, as their lived experiences offer valuable insights and perspectives that can inform policy decisions and interventions.
Therefore, the EAPN Side Event session aims to provide a platform for an open dialogue and knowledge exchange, centring the experiences and voices of individuals affected by energy poverty. We want to bring together a diverse range of stakeholders, including experts, policymakers and individuals with lived energy poverty experience, to foster a comprehensive understanding of energy poverty, identify innovative solutions and prioritise a just transition approach that leaves no one behind.
We aim to design a roundtable session that will seek to promote a holistic and inclusive approach towards understanding and tackling energy poverty by looking into the intersections between energy policies and the social justice dimension, the decarbonisation of the electricity market and climate change.