Energy poverty is often just one of the multi-social problems households are dealing with and should therefore be addressed integral. SCEPA (Scaling up the Energy Poverty Approach) aims to contribute to a just and inclusive energy transition by better engaging more vulnerable households, reducing and alleviating energy poverty. Within the NWE partner areas currently over 3.5 mil. households are found to suffer from energy poverty.
Instead of reinventing the wheel, SCEPA gathers and enhances existing effective energy poverty approaches in order to be able to upscale initiatives. Stakeholders in the project learn from each other and share their best practices to develop a Joint Action Strategy (JAS).
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See below also the sectioned titled SCEPA In Southeast Ireland for updates and upcoming events.
The SCEPA Project Objectives Are To:
Use the Joint Action Strategy (JAS) to provide nuanced details of what works for specific target groups in specific residential areas in NWE. The JAS will be used for the development of Local Action Plans for the partner regions and cities. During the implementation of pilot activities (WP2 A4-A6), 3 types of pilots with 12 types of interventions are enhanced, tested and scaled up, reaching over 105.000 households. Via monitoring and evaluation, the JAS will be updated and shared with SCEPA’s community of interest for replication. This way vulnerable households in the partner areas, public authorities and organisations beyond the SCEPA consortium looking to scale up their energy poverty approach will benefit.
SCEPA consists of three pilot groups, namely:
- Awareness and behavioral change
- Energy communities
- Technical measures
& SCEPA consists of 5 types of organisations:
- Local & regional public authorities: Mun. of Arnhem (NL) -LEAD PARTNER-; Mun. of Leeuwarden (NL); Mun. of Liege (BE – Wallonia); West Vlaamse Intercommunale (BE – Flanders)
- Regional energy and sectoral agencies: South-East Energy Agency (IE); Agence Parisienne du Climat (FR);
- Research institute: HAN University of Applied Sciences (NL);
- Network organization: European Association for Local democracy ALDA (FR);
- Associate organisations: Klimaatverbond (NL); Ministry of the Interior (NL); Plymouth (UK), LOGO Brugge-Oostende (BE); Verbraucherzentrale Rheinland-Pfalz (DE); REScoop.EU; REScoop Wallonie (BE); Rassemblement des Associations de Promotion du Logement (RAPeL) ASBL. These partners work intensively with their ‘local partners’ to support the households.
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SCEPA is Possible Through Funding from the ERDF
Total Project Budget: € 6,229,126.11
ERDF Funding: €3,737,475.65
Project Length: 2023 – 2027
SCEPA In Southeast Ireland
The Objective of the SCEPA (Scaling up the energy approach) project is to reduce and alleviate energy poverty in vulnerable households. Instead of reinventing the wheel, SCEPA gathers and enhances the existing effective energy poverty approaches to be able to upscale initiatives.
Stakeholders in the project learn from each other and share their best practices to develop a joint action strategy. This way vulnerable households in the partner areas, public authorities, and organisations beyond the SCEPA Consortium looking to scale up their energy poverty approach will benefit.
The South East Agency (SEEA) will pilot a Community Energy Co-op by installing Solar PV on a Community building to collect electricity which can then be distributed to Fuel poor households in close proximity. Through monitoring and evaluation effective energy poverty approaches can be enhanced or if needed adapted and then can be transferred to other residential areas in both Ireland and North- West Europe.