National recovery and resilience plans: tackling energy poverty

NRRPs EESC Thematic debate visual

Energy poverty is high at the EESC's agenda as more Europeans may struggle to afford access to essential energy, particularly with rising energy costs. While the Energy Efficiency Directive already provides incentives for Member States to address energy poverty, the Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the urgency of addressing this topic, especially in the context of the European Green Deal, which enables European citizens to play an active role in the green transition, while mitigating adverse effects and leaving non one behind. Member States are strongly encouraged to include in their National Recovery and Resilience Plans (NRRPs) investments and reforms in the area of Renovate – The improvement of energy efficiency of public and private buildings. The objective of this thematic debate is to take stock of progress made in combating energy poverty in NRRPs, especially by highlighting examples of national recovery efforts.