Establishing energy advice as a new social service on regional level with the intention to combat energy poverty through a change in regional policy.
Although energy poverty as a subject is growing in importance over the past few years, there is still no clear definition of the term nor agreed method to identify and monitor of energy poverty.
The project has produced a detailed research in one of Croatia’s pooerst regions, Sisak-Moslavina County, mapping out the needs of energy users at risk of energy poverty. In addition the status of national, regional and local regulatory framework and policies were analyzed and potential methods for the protection of users at risk of energy poverty were identified.
The project has succeeded in establishing energy advice as a new social service on regional level with the intention to combat energy poverty through a change in regional policy.
Under the project 80 households were equipped with energy efficient applicances for small measures for saving energy. The real success of this project is that it resulted in a change of regional policy through the inclusion of a priority in the county social services plan for the period 2015-2020 by which a system of energy advice will be developed and set-up targeting individuals at risk of energy poverty.
Key stakeholders from Petrinja – representatives of the City, the Centre for Social Welfare and public media – were introduced to the idea of energy poverty and its influence on different aspects of the life of citizens and community.
The total project value is approximately 100.000,00 EUR and it was financially supported through national budget and ESF.
Evidence of success
80 households were equipped with simple low-cost EE measures; All households received energy advice on how to rationalise their energy use. Those measures resulted in annual savings of 700 kWh per household.
As the result of the project energy advising was added as social service to the regional Plan of development of social services in Sisak-Moslavina county with direct link to the national Operational programme delivering ESF.
About 18 tCO2 annual reduction
Providing enough volunteers and adequate training has to be planned in advance; Key to success is local and national political will. Lack thereof most certainly will hamper sustainability; Cooperation between and capacity building of key stakeholders from public and civil sector is essential.
Potential for learning or transfer
Improving the energy efficiency of dwellings and of household appliances, while improving the heating and ventilation systems is the only effective and sustainable approach to alleviating energy poverty in Balkan countries. By testing simple and low-cost energy efficiency measures it was proven that with low investments significant improvements in the quality of life coupled with energy and emissions reductions can be achieved.
Field visits have been implemented by volunteers, so securing enough volunteers and providing adequate training has to be planned in advance.
Key to success is local and national political will. Lack thereof most certainly will hamper sustainability.
Cooperation between and capacity building of key stakeholders from public and civil sector is essential for the introduction of energy advice as social service.
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