The “First Web Conference on Energy Poverty” was organised on Thursday, November 19th 2020, by the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and the Greek Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE). With over 220 people attending, the conference was a great success especially considering the COVID-19 situation.
At the opening of the Conference, the Greek Minister of Environment and Energy, Kostis Hatzidakis, the Rector of NTUA, Prof. Andreas Boudouvis, and the President of RAE, Ass. Prof. Athanasios Dagoumas, warmly greeted the participants. The keynote speech was given by STEP-IN partner and WP leader Stefan Bouzarovski, Professor of Human Geography at the University of Manchester and Chair of the EU Energy Poverty Observatory, who analyzed the energy poverty situation in both the EU and Greece and highlighted the main challenges faced by Greece with regards to the energy poverty issue. Following, more than twenty Greek academics, researchers, representatives of consumer associations and policy-makers, shed light on different aspects of the energy poverty situation in Greece, presented new methodological tools, discussed the COVID-19 impact on energy consumption and fostered discussions on how to effectively fight against energy poverty and secure decent living conditions for the energy vulnerable households.
We would like to extend our gratitude once more to the participants, the speakers and the people who contributed to the organisation of this event.