Study - Gender-disaggregated data on energy poverty

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is planning to launch a procurement procedure for a study on Gender-disaggregated data on energy poverty.


This announcement is made pursuant to Annex I.14 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2018/1046 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 July 2018 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union, to award a low value contract for a study as a result of a negotiated procurement procedure. It is published ahead of the procurement procedure with basic information on the subject matter of the contract, to give economic operators the possibility to express interest in participating as tenderers in the subsequent procurement procedure.


The path towards a climate-neutral society and resolving the energy cost crisis are two of the key priorities of the European Union (EU). Confronted with these challenges, women and men have different needs, priorities and possibilities. Women, girls and gender-diverse groups tend to be more affected by energy poverty and face devastating threats to their livelihoods.

Current efforts to address energy issues do not yet fully acknowledge these gender dimensions. As a result, national and global policy frameworks are not sufficiently gender-responsive and fail to offer women and girls the protection and opportunities they need. Much of the problem stems from a lack of gender-disaggregated data to accurately measure individual needs and contributions.

The objective of this study is to collect gender-disaggregated data on energy poverty with the aim of better understanding the structural causes which tend to affect women more and providing policy makers with concrete recommendations to address these causes. The data collected would be used to build gender-sensitive policy recommendations that mainstream gender into energy policies. The data could also be used to push for gender-budgeting on policies that cater for women and girls and support the engagement of women in decision-making in the field of energy.

Data collection should be based on:

The study should:

  • present the principal factors affecting women unequally when it comes to energy poverty and statistics linking data in terms of income, economic status, family situation, employment, geographical aspects (e.g. differences in gender roles, biological differences, labour market gap, urban vs rural living, time poverty etc.);
  • present information on the level of data/statistics available in each of the Member States analysed and identify gaps of available data in some Member States;
  • develop indicators to be integrated in energy-related policies and measures;
  • propose a gender-sensitive definition of energy poverty;
  • present concrete examples of gender-sensitive policies existing in the Member States analysed, if any; and
  • formulate active policy recommendations for a sustainable and effective response to energy poverty.

Preliminary results of the study are expected at the next EESC energy poverty conference to be held on 19 July 2023.

Languages/geographical area

The study should be carried out in English, and cover a minimum of seven Member States selected on the basis of relevance and geographical balance, with at least one Baltic Member State and one insular or quasi-insular Member State.

Indicative timeline

  1. Launch of the invitation to tender: March 2023
  2. Contract award: 2nd quarter 2023
  3. Preliminary results: Mid-July 2023
  4. The final study report is expected within 8 months following the signature of the contract
  5. Deadline for submission of tenders: April 2023


Participation is open on equal terms to all natural and legal persons established in the European Union (EU) or in a third country which has a special agreement with the EU in the field of public procurement on the conditions laid down in that agreement. This includes:

  • all EU Member States;
  • parties to special international agreements with the EU in the field of public procurement:
    • European Economic Area agreement (EEA): Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein;
    • Stabilisation and Association Agreements (SAA): North Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo.


Entities established in a country that has access to the procurement can express interest in participating in the planned procedure by filling in and submitting the contact form (see link at the bottom of this page).


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Please note that this announcement does not create any obligation for the EESC to launch a procurement procedure. The EESC will take the submitted information into account only to identify potential candidates. Expressing interest in participating in this type of negotiated procedure does not create any legal right or legitimate expectation on the part of any economic operator, and the EESC has the right to cancel the procedure at any time. The documents of the actual call for tenders (invitation letter, tender specifications and draft contract) will only be provided to the identified candidates when the procedure is launched, and any tender received from a legal or natural person not invited to tender will be rejected.


Expressions of interest in participating or requests for further information should be sent via the following contact form:


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