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Energy poverty and indoor cooling in a changing climate

Thursday, 25 June 2020


Ciarán Cuffe
Member of the European Parliament
Federico Beffa
Programme Officer, Fondazione Cariplo
Kadri Simson
European Commissioner for Energy, European Commission
Lucía Martín
Housing Councilor, City of Barcelona
Pau Garcia Audí
Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Energy Efficiency
Stefan Bouzarovski
Professor of Geography, Department of Geography, University of Manchester and Chair of EPOV
Vincent Viguié
Researcher, International Research Centre on Environement and Development (CIRED)


Harriet Thomson
Honorary Research Fellow, University of Manchester and EPOV Project Coordinator

The European Policy Centre is delighted to invite you to the Annual Conference of the EU Energy Poverty Observatory (EPOV).

Improving indoor cooling is a key element of the fight against energy poverty as there is evidence on the growing number of European households struggling to keep their dwelling comfortably cool during summer time. Heating climate and projected increase in heatwaves in Europe will also make indoor cooling increasingly important. Furthermore, the current COVID-19 crisis, its resulting containment measures as well as the growing risks of future global pandemics, have brought to the fore the need for decent housing solutions. All this makes adequate cooling systems an urgent necessity.
The Annual Conference of the EPOV will explore the fundamental role of efficient and affordable cooling solutions in achieving the EU climate objectives and ensuring that the energy transition will be socially just and benefit the most vulnerable. The discussion will also focus on how the EU, national, regional and local authorities as well as other relevant stakeholders can join forces and work together to promote green and affordable cooling systems.

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