Making Decarbonisation Fair - the Third ENGAGER International Conference

1-4 March, 2021, online. Co-organised with the Fuel Poverty Research Network (FPRN), Defesa do Consumidor (DECO) and The Centre for Environmental and Sustainability Research (CENSE).

Conference proceedings

The conference was the largest oline event organised by the ENGAGER network, attended by 226 delegates from across the world. The proceedings provide information on conference participants, forms of engagement, and the papers presented during the conference.

Conference programme and videos

Watch the videos associated with each conference session. Access the videos via the sliders for each conference day on the right hand side, or through session-specific hyperlinks in the programme below.

Day 1

Plenary 1. Energy poverty in Portugal – policies and lessons for other countries. Watch the session video.

Panel 1. Energy poverty research in Portugal Watch the session video.

Featuring: João Pedro Gouveia (Chair) CENSE, NOVA School of Science and Technology (Lisbon); Pedro Palma CENSE, FCT-NOVA (Lisbon) Mitigating energy poverty vulnerability in future paradigms; Katherine Mahoney, CENSE, FCT-NOVA (Lisbon) Challenges and opportunities in the Portuguese energy transition-the evidence so farRicardo Barbosa, UMinho, Energy poverty and social housing – the ARCAS project; Ana Rita Marouço – Coopernico; Ana Horta – ICS, University of Lisbon.

Interactive Session 1. Gender struggles: just approaches to energy poverty alleviation. Watch the session video.

Featuring: Marielle Feenstra, University Twente; Sergio Tirado Herrero, Universitat Autonòma de Barcelona; Joy Clancy, University of Twente/CSTM; Saska Petrova, University of Manchester; Nthabiseng Mohlakoana, Stellenbosch University; Carmen Sánchez-Guevara, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid; Katharina Habersbrunner, Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF).

Day 2

Plenary 2. Energy poverty in the EU. Watch the session video.

Panel 2. Energy poverty across the world. Watch the session video.

Featuring: Rob Marchand (Chair), Sheffield University Management School and FPRN; Alejandra Cortes – Universidad de Chile and RMIT University (Australia) The background of energy poverty in South Chile; Anna Sofia Bajomi – Politecnico di Milano (Italy); Carmen Sánchez-Guevara – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain) What is the role of the public space in the democratisation of decarbonisation?; Caroline Porto Valente – University of Technology Sydney (Australia) Energy poverty among older, low-income Australians; Raúl Castaño, Finnish Energy Observatory (Finland); George Jiglau, Babes-Boylai University (Romania) Poverty, energy poverty, vulnerability: breaking the status quo; Teresa Cuerdo, Spanish National Research Council (IETcc-CSIC) Reflections on use patterns and energy consumption in Spanish homes during the lockdown.

Interactive Session 2. Energy and transport poverty in Europe: overlaps, evidence and policies in an era of decarbonisation. Watch the session video.

Day 3

Plenary 3. Inclusive social movements on energy policy. Watch the session video.

Featuring: Hyerim Yoon – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain); Sara Fuller – Senior Lecturer, Macquarie University (Australia); Marlies Hesselman – University of Groningen (Netherlands); Mònica Guiteras Blaya – Aliança contra la Pobresa Energètica (APE) i Enginyeria Sense Fronteres (ESF) (Spain); Tomislav Tkalec – Focus (Slovenia); Chloé Verlinden – Project Associate, CityMine(d).

Panel 3. Retrofit as a tool for decarbonisation and poverty alleviation. Watch the session video.

Featuring: William Baker (Chair), Citizens Advice; Iñigo Antepara, University of the Basque Country (Spain) Low carbon regulations and under-consumption; Miguel Macias Sequeira – CENSE, NOVA School of Science and Technology (Portugal) The Green Menu; Pablo Hernández – University of the Basque Country (Spain) Guaranteeing a minimum temperature of 18 degrees C in low income dwellings; Roberto Barrella – ICAI School of Engineering, Comillas Pontifical University (Spain) Impact of energy refurbishment strategies; Sarah Robertson – RMIT University (Australia) Delivering retrofit for all: the view from Australia.

Lunchtime Guest. The new Fuel Poverty Strategy for England: Insights for policy and practic. Watch the session video.

Featuring: William Baker, Citizens Advice (UK); Kirsten Horton, BEIS (UK).

Panel 4. Working with communities and vulnerable people. Watch the session video.

Featuring: Danielle Butler (Chair), NEA; Irene González-Pijuan and Laura Oliveiras Puig, Sheffield Hallam University (UK) Energy poverty and children – the case of Barcelona; Jez Hall – Director, Shared Future CIC, Getting communities on board with just transition; Lauren Salmon and Shane Donnellan – Changeworks (UK), Impacts of decarbonisation; Marine Cornelis – NextEnergyConsumer (Italy).

Day 4

Panel 5. Decarbonisation – approaches and challenges. Watch the session video.

Featuring: Trivess Moore (Chair) Senior Lecturer, RMIT University (Australia); Richard Mellish – Executive Advisor, AgilityEco (UK) Decarbonisation of heat and time-of-use tariffs; Matthew Scott – Research and Policy Officer, National Energy Action (UK) Disruption and the decarbonisation of heat; Rokia Raslan – UCL (UK) The potential of hard to decarbonise homes as a pathway to energy equity; Siddharth Sareen, University of Stavanger (Norway) Accountable solar energy transitions; Sea Rotmann – Users TCP by IEA (France) Hard to reach energy users in the residential and commercial sectors.

Panel 6. Transitions to a just and low-carbon future. Watch the session video.

Featuring: Graeme Sherriff (Chair), University of Salford, FPRN (UK); Brenda Boardman – University of Oxford (UK) Practical aspects of decarbonising the energy poor; Louise Sunderland – Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) (Belgium) Equity in the energy transition: who pays, who benefits? Lucie Middlemiss – University of Leeds (UK) Revealing the hidden face of energy poverty in the NetherlandsSam Illingworth – Edinburgh Napier University (UK) Talking about decarbonisation through games; Rebecca Ford – Strathclyde University (UK) The role of local energy in delivering a just and low-carbon future; Maria Jose Manjon – Researcher, Universidad de Comillas (Spain) Tackling energy poverty through social entrepreneurship in large companies.

Lunchtime Guests. Perspectives from both ends of the spectrum. Watch the session video.

Featuring: Marilyn Smith (Chair), The ENERGY ACTION Project (EnAct) / ORENDA Communications (France); Lawrence Jones – Edison Electric Institute (US); Harish Hande – SELCO Foundation (US).

Plenary 3. Towards a just transition: reflections and priorities. Watch the session video.