IEPAW 2022 was a truly global, online event, centered around five core themes related to energy poverty, access and justice. Each day consisted of a seminar, workshop or discussion centered around the day’s theme, with an international panel of speakers and guests , as well as a range of online and offline activity, such as spin-off events, research and project launches, updates and knowledge exchange.
Day 1:TWO NEW TOOLKITS: THE RIGHT TO ENERGY and A JUST TRANSITION WITH THE PEOPLE
The ENGAGER COST network developed two ‘tool-kits’ to facilitate action against energy poverty. Each will be presented by lead authors, followed by an invitation for response from thought leaders in the international community.
Starting from the question ‘What do we mean by the ‘right to energy?’, the Right to Energy Toolkit offers recommendations for putting such a right into practice, including practical aspects, contextual considerations, addressing discriminatory practices and ensuring affordability.
Day 2: Understanding Energy & Poverty in Latin America & Caribbean
Despite unique historical, geographical, socio-demographic, and infrastructural conditions that in combination could produce very high levels of energy vulnerability, there are significant and enduring knowledge gaps regarding energy poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean. Bringing together a panel of leading academics and policy practitioners, this session will provide state-of-the-art insights into the nature of energy poverty in the region and propose trans-formative future research and policy activities.
Day 3: Europe: Taking action and measuring its impact
Energy communities, NGOs, civil society organisations, clean energy investment cooperatives and public authorities…to name a few. An increasingly broad range of actors are building the goal of ending energy poverty into their missions. Many more are keen to do so, but not sure where to start
This two-part session will first explore some innovative approaches, ranging from how to identify and engage with households affected to financing and implementing technical solutions or establishing better policy and legal frameworks. In the second part, we’ll turn to the academic community for insights on how to measure energy poverty itself and evaluate the effectiveness of measures being applied.
Day 4: Renewable Energy, Energy Access and Energy Poverty- Asian Context
Asia represents more than 50% of total energy consumption; however, more than one-tenth of its population lacks infrastructural access to electricity, resulting in Energy Poverty (EP). This deprivation adversely impacts health and well-being, social participation outcomes, and limits economic development. The session brings together professionals to discuss energy poverty, the role of renewable energy, and policy orientation in an Asian context.
Day 5: Africa: Boosting access to clean energy for sustainable development
How to combine energy quality with access to the greatest number of people? In Africa, this question is still on the table. Nearly 600 million people do not have access to electricity, and these numbers are even higher when considering the levels of access defined by the Multi-Tiered Framework. Different technologies and programmes seek to increase Africa’s share of access to electricity from renewable sources. This session discusses how access to clean energy, decentralized renewable production, and innovation address the intertwined challenges of human development and sustainable growth.