Day 1 (20th Feb): Energy Poverty and Health: How are they related?
Talking about energy poverty and its relationship with multiple health impacts has become increasingly relevant in recent years. Many low-income households, often living in precarious housing and usually located in rural areas, rely on solid fuels for heat and cooking, generating greater indoor and outdoor air pollution and harming the health of both adults and children. Worryingly, the energy crisis of 2022 has increased the use of solid fuels as people disconnect from the mains supply. Therefore, the objective of the session is to analyse the effects of the use of solid fuels, and air pollution and how this influences the health of the population, as well as to present evidence from qualitative surveys that demonstrate the relationship between health and energy poverty.
Day 2 (21st Feb): Identity and Energy Poverty. The different faces of vulnerability.
When thinking of how to solve socioeconomic problems such as energy poverty, it is fundamental to consider the lived experience of different groups. We will consider how characteristics such as gender, class, age, disability, and ethnic and racial identity interact with energy poverty, the impacts of not considering these (often intersectional) identity dimensions, and what that means for the solutions we take forward.
Day 3 (22nd Feb): Energy Poverty and Economy: What does investing in energy poverty action mean?
What does funding energy poverty activities mean? Where can local actors look for financial opportunities? How can investing in innovative solutions help tackle energy poverty? What are the challenges faced in identifying funding opportunities? Energy poverty is a multifaceted challenge and highly depends on the local realities of each city/region. During this session, we will bring forward local stories and experiences from around the globe that will highlight different approaches to investing in the fight against energy poverty and funding challenges where energy poverty is not recognised as an issue.
Day 4 (23rd Feb): Energy Poverty and Policy- Global Energy Crisis: From short-term reactions to structural changes
Despite many countries having found a quick response to enduring the current energy crisis, most policies are not sustainable in the long term. Deeper structural changes – in economies, in policies, in societies – might be necessary to help countries navigate through a new world order while preserving social stability. This session will explore possible approaches to energy policies that address economic, social, and technical challenges around the globe.
Day 5 (24th Feb): Energy Poverty and Future- Addressing Energy poverty in the context of Climate Change – Youth ambitions
This session focuses on the experience and expectations of young leaders on the intertwined challenges of climate and energy justice. Given that young generations worldwide are increasingly concerned about the climate crisis, what are their ambitions and expectations in relation to social issues? This round table will provide an opportunity to share original solutions and good practices from youth activists beyond traditional institutional frameworks and relationships.