The phenomenon of energy poverty and the problems it poses in society are a global challenge. Energy poverty is a pressing problem affected by the complex interplay of rising energy prices, citizens’ inability to pay their bills, stagnation or falling incomes, high levels of unemployment and the low rate of energy performance in the residential buildings which leads to documented negative social, environmental and economic impacts. The road to dealing with the problem seems to be still a long way off.
The aim of this 2nd policy paper edition entitled “Energy Poverty in Greece 2.0” – which is a follow up to the 1st policy paper edition (2017) – is to highlight this social problem and trigger a public debate on the need for a systematic response. The policy paper “Energy Poverty in Greece 2.0” includes the latest political developments in Europe and Greece, such as the establishment of the European Energy Poverty Observatory, the revision of the “Clean Energy for All” package, the introduction of the new law for the Energy Communities in Greece etc., as well as part of the results of the survey related to the public awareness of the phenomenon of energy poverty. Finally, it presents interesting examples and policy proposals for combating energy poverty in Greece in the context of a holistic approach, aimed at addressing the causes of the phenomenon in a combinatorial and socially innovative way.