Impact of energy prices on energy poverty, gender equality and RHC opportunities for mitigation

On 18th January 2023, Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF) presented the first webinar of the new webinar series for capacity building on gender mainstreaming and women empowerment in the renewable heating and cooling sector (RHC). The exploding energy prices and their impact led us to talk about this topic in the webinar. Hence, it was essential to consider the vulnerable groups to the crisis. Our three inspiring speakers, Louise Sunderland (RAP), Simone Meerman (WECF) and Katharina Habersbruner (WECF), complemented the topic with their knowledge. Webinar n°6 focused on understanding how energy poverty and invisible energy poverty impact low-income households and gender and, more importantly, the mitigation strategies for the RHC sector.

Louise Sunderland, a senior advisor for the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), kicked off the webinar by presenting her recent publication 'Taking the burn out of heating for low-income households'. She talked about affordable heating technologies and what the EU is doing to make them more affordable and accessible. Louise shared the status of the 2030 goal of phasing out fossil fuels economics of switching to clean heating solutions, e.g. heat pumps. She topographically compared the energy prices pre-crisis and post-crisis. With the focus on having more affordable clean heat that can help to reduce the energy upfront and running costs, Louise shared some strategies (e.g. subsidies, energy efficiency, etc.).

WECF continued the webinar by talking about the three pillars of energy poverty, gender dimensions and the concept of invisible energy poverty. In the following session, WECF shared mitigation strategies to reduce the burden of energy costs (e.g. collective assemblies, energy communities, subsidies, etc.). In the next segment, the participants were grouped in two breakout sessions to work on one of the two highest-voted mitigation strategies: energy communities and women as agents of change in this webinar. During the breakout session, the participants brainstormed ideas to implement the mitigation strategies. Later in the plenary, both groups shared a summary of their discussion session.  

Hence, it was established again that women play a vital role in bringing change. Therefore, women are the agents of change to achieve the fossil phase-out by 2030 and push and achieve the much-awaited energy transition. 

Watch the recording here.

We are looking forward to a very interesting and successful webinar series. We want to thank everyone for participating. We hope to welcome you again for our next webinar on 'Added value of women in innovation in RHC & RES', organised by ECWT.

To have more information on our webinars, you can follow this link:

Find below the complete program:

  • Webinar n°7 - Added value of women in innovation in RHC & RES – 22nd February 2023 (ECWT)
  • Webinar n°8 - Diversity recruitment strategies – 22nd March 2023 (WECF)
  • Webinar n°9 - SINTEF - RHC - DEIS - The Norwegian Perspective – 19th April 2023 (ECWT)
  • Webinar n°10 - RHC - RES - DEIS The Nordic Outlook – 24th May 2023 (ECWT) 

Subscribe to this link, and make sure you don't miss a webinar!  

1 minute reading time | Uncategorized

We are pleased to announce the publication of the last issue of the W4RES project. The newsletter is available here.

2 minutes reading time | Uncategorized

W4RES held its final event as part of “RE-Energising Europe”, a two-day event on 24 and 25 October in Brussels where 7 EU-funded projects (BECoop, Micat, NEWTrends, NRG2Peers, UP-STAIRS and NUDGE) joined forces to organise joint-sessions focusing on energy communities, energy efficiency, energy behaviour, gender equality and new trends.

3 minutes reading time | Uncategorized

You want to improve gender equality in the renewable energy sector? You’re missing arguments or guidelines on how to implement it? Check out our W4RES tool!

4 minutes reading time | Uncategorized

19 October 2023 – W4RES, the EU-funded project which aims at calling up the involvement of women in the market deployment and uptake of RHC solutions, will publish a report with policy recommendations aiming at creating a more competitive, inclusive and gender-responsive Renewable Heating and Cooling landscape.

3 minutes reading time | Uncategorized

Ihsane Haouach is a social entrepreneur, author, trainer, and speaker, dedicated to promoting equal and sustainable transitions. Alongside international projects targeting an efficient and effective organisation, she founded several non-profit initiatives aimed at promoting equity. As a consultant and trainer, she intervenes to improve organisations’ societal impact. Her experience and skills from both the corporate […]

2 minutes reading time | Uncategorized

Bipasha Baruah is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Women’s Issues at Western University.