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Full project name in English language

Improvement of cooperation for better energy management and reduction of energy poverty in HU-HR cross-border area

Acronym and project ID

CO-EMEP (HUHR/1901/3.1.1/0019)

Total budget

173.450,13 EUR (147.432,61 EUR – EU contribution)

Project duration

01/07/2020 – 28/02/2022

Background and summary of the project

Energy poverty is a problem that has recently become increasingly important because a large number of citizens are unable to provide adequate living comfort. Practice has shown that so far only a few European Union countries have defined the term energy poverty, although most of them are already familiar with this problem. In Croatia and Hungary, an official definition of energy poverty has not yet been adopted, although most local and regional government units already have certain measures to mitigate energy poverty.
Due to the lack of an official definition of energy poverty at the national level, there is a problem of how and in what way to define energy poverty, while taking into account all possible criteria. This was the starting point for the development of this project idea, which main objective is to improve the cooperation of all relevant stakeholders with the aim of mitigation of energy poverty in the HU-HR cross-border area. Local and regional government units are legally obliged to adopt certain planning and strategic documents related to energy efficiency, but still a small number of them include measures to reduce energy poverty in these documents. Within project implementation local and regional government units will be encouraged to receive additional training in order to define and implement measures to reduce energy poverty in their administrative area.

Beneficiaries

Medjimurje Energy Agency Ltd. (CRO)
Zala County (HU)

Objectives

Extend the cooperation of relevant range of stakeholders including also new actors when it comes to the problem of energy poverty.
Raising awareness of the public institutions in the cross-border area on the issue of energy poverty.
Capacity building and skills improvement of the cross-border local and regional governments in better energy planning and management to reduce energy poverty.
Capacity building of cross-border social institutions on energy poverty issue.
Raising awareness of the affected household owners on better energy management to avoid energy poverty.
Enhance institutional capacity and make the public administration more efficient.

Activities

1 – Project administration and management
2 – Information and publicity
3 – Defining the concept and the term energy poverty with development of guidelines on energy poverty mitigation planning
4 – Identification of problematic sectors with organisation of thematic workshops and info days
5 – Development of a comprehensive online energy management tool
6 – Pilot actions through developing 10 energy audits and measurements of identified energy poor households

Target groups

TG1 – Local and regional authorities
TG2 – Local and regional development and energy agencies
TG3 – Social institutions
TG4 – home owners who are facing the energy poverty problem

Project results

Definition of the term energy poverty for CBC area – 1
Analysis of existing local, regional and national legal regulations as well as strategic documents on both side of the cross-border area – 1
Guidelines for regional and local planners on including energy poverty mitigation in future plans and strategic documents – 1
Public call for interested households to assess their energy poverty risk and/or stage – 2
Guidelines for enhancing energy efficiency in households who face the problem of energy poverty– 1
Info days and workshops for general public and social institutions in the cross-border area to enhance their knowledge on the energy poverty issue and possible mitigation measures – 4
Workshops for planners on regional and local level for enhancing their capacity in energy management and planning – 2
Analysis of funding possibilities for private house owners in the cross-border area – 1
Analysis of available technical solutions for enhancing energy efficiency in the cross-border area – 1
Developing of online energy management tool for wide range of potential users – 1
Developing 10 energy audits (5+5) and measurements of general building characteristics for 5 identified households on each side of the cross-border area followed by detailed plans for enhancing energy efficiency – 10

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