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Decarbonization of the economy and the so-called green transition raise a series of challenges not only from a strictly technological viewpoint, but also in social and distributive terms. In other words, who will actually pay for the implementation of energy transition? How will the costs related to the transition be shared among different social groups?
Against this backdrop, the webinar will pay special attention to the issue of energy poverty, with the final goal of analyzing a series of crucial aspects concerning i) its measurement and definition and ii) the potential impacts brought about by the post-pandemic economic recovery.
In particular, the webinar will try to provide answers and insights on the following three key points:
1. What is the meaning of “energy poverty”? How is it measured? How do definition and measurement tools vary across different national cases?
2. After the pandemic outbreak, how is the current macroeconomic context affecting the evolution and size of energy poverty? What are the expected impacts on energy poverty deriving from the recent increase in gas and electricity prices?
3. What are the main limits of the policies adopted so far to help the most disadvantaged groups of consumers afford electricity and gas bills (e.g., social bonuses)? How can such limits be overcome? What are the main policy suggestions for increasing the effectiveness of policies aimed at contrasting energy poverty?
STEFAN BOUZAROVSKI, University of Manchester
Stefan Bouzarovski is a Professor of Human Geography at the University of Manchester, where he directs the People and Energy Programme within the Manchester Urban Institute. He is an Associate of the Institute of European Energy and Climate Policy. He also chairs the world’s largest network of energy poverty experts, practitioners and policy advocates, titled ‘European Energy Poverty: Agenda Co-Creation and Knowledge Innovation’, funded by Co-Operation in Science and Technology. He is an internationally leading expert in energy poverty and sustainability policy, having written over 120 scientific publications, three single-author monographs, one co-authored textbook and edited four books on these topics. He has led or consulted for over 50 projects on energy justice and urban transformations, with a total value of over 20 million Euro. With more than 25 years of experience in energy inequality measurement, identification, socio-demographics, local, national and international best-practice policy development and evaluation, he has provided expert advice to the European Parliament, European Commission, United Nations, World Bank and International Energy Agency. He is a member of the editorial boards of seven international journals and five advisory boards. He has previously been appointed to visiting professorships or fellowships in Bergen, Gdansk, Berlin, Brisbane, Bruges and Prague. As a former chair and founder of the EU Energy Poverty Observatory, in the 2019 EU Protects campaign he was named an ‘ordinary hero’ for his efforts to combat poverty and inequality across Europe.
IVAN FAIELLA, Bank of Italy
Ivan Faiella is Senior Economist at the Bank of Italy. He is coordinator of the Bank of Italy Task Force for the G20 Sustainable Finance, member of the Italian Observatory on Energy Poverty, of the G20 Energy Sustainability Working Group, of the Network for Greening the Financial System, of the Italian Committee for the Estimation of Natural Capital and of the Scientific Committee of “Energia”, a scientific journal on energy issues. His publications are available at www.researchgate.net/profile/Ivan_Faiella.
HARRIET THOMSON, University of Birmingham
Dr Harriet Thomson is Associate Professor in Global Social Policy, and an award-winning interdisciplinary academic. Her research interests broadly concern the role of public policy and policymaking processes, structural inequalities in the distribution of housing and access to affordable and clean forms of energy, health and wellbeing outcomes, and indicators for measuring the complex realities of energy poverty. Harriet's research outputs have influenced the framing of policy approaches worldwide, including the European Commission’s Clean Energy for all Europeans package.
Working language: English
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