On 5 June 2023, as part of the EU Green Week which theme was “the European year of skills”, the BECoop, POWERPOOR and W4RES EU-funded projects presented toolkits and recommendations to support citizens and women in taking part in the energy transition.
Silvia Vivarelli (CINEA/European Commission) started the webinar with a presentation of initiatives and calls for projects to support energy communities and to mitigate energy poverty. She focused on the LIFE programme “Clean Energy Transition''.
More information on the calls can be found here: https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/programmes/life2027
Eleni Kanellou (NTUA/POWERPOOR) explained how to use the Energy Poverty Mitigation toolkit developed within the POWERPOOR project. The project aims to empower energy poor citizens and energy communities through joint energy initiatives, and the toolkit aims at providing an integrated solution to users and helping them identify whether they are vulnerable. Learn more about the toolkit here: https://powerpoor.eu/index.php/toolkit
Jaime Guerrero Belza (CIRCE/BECoop) presented the tool developed by BECoop to help and support the market uptake of the bioenergy communities and energy communities. The project has developed a series of tools, factsheets and catalogues:
- Toolkit: https://becoop.fcirce.es/toolkit/
- Self-assessment tool: https://becoop.fcirce.es/self-assessment/
- eMarket environment: https://becoop.fcirce.es/emarket/
- Factsheets and catalogues: https://www.becoop-project.eu/resources/technical-support/
The second part of the webinar focused on gender equality. Marilys Louvet (WECF/W4RES) presented the gender tools and resources that the W4RES partners have developed: support services, awareness raising campaigns, capacity building program, hackathons and seminars, policy recommendations…
The toolkit is available here: https://w4resobservatory.eu/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/D4.2_ReportCapacityBuildingFirst_v.1.pdf
Following W4RES’s presentation, Maya Angelou (Attica Energy Community) gave concrete examples of the opportunities and challenges faced by the Attica Energy Community to empower women in the renewable energy sector.
Finally, Yiannis Konstas (Q-Plan/W4RES), who moderated the webinar, emphasised the importance of fundings developed by the European Commission to help energy communities and tackle energy poverty. He also invited the participants and interested stakeholders to use and share the tools as they are very useful for citizens and the energy transition.
Other EU-funded projects have developed tools: