Fighting energy poverty through energy efficiency
This social innovation is characterized by public authorities working in coordination with supply companies and civil society organisation in order to implement energy efficiency measures for houses and buildings with the aim of fighting fuel poverty with a tailored and inclusive approach.
Reference cases analysed within the scope of SMARTEES: Aberdeen (Scotland) and Timişoara (Romania).
Timişoara has developed an action plan to reduce its fossil energy use and decrease carbon intensity. At the same time, as energy costs are a challenge for a significant proportion of the city’s inhabitants, it is necessary to combine energy transitions with measures addressing fuel poverty.
In the field of energy-efficient buildings and districts, Timişoara municipality has identified three major goals: (1) renovation work to transform existing buildings into energy-efficient buildings, (2) energy-efficient districts, and (3) neutral or energy-positive new buildings. Through thermal rehabilitation, the city aims to reduce the beneficiaries' costs by increasing the energy performance of buildings while reducing the annual heating costs by approximately 60%
The municipality also supports citizens’ initiatives. Owners of apartments and buildings in the residential sector, private businesses, and large industrial customers are other important actors who influence energy consumption in Timişoara.