Energy poverty on the rise in Europe, statistics show

(EurActiv, 21 Jul 2023) The energy crisis triggered by Russia’s war in Ukraine is taking its toll on EU citizens, with 9.3% of the population unable to keep their homes adequately warm in 2022, a jump from 6.9% the year before, according to Eurostat.

Energy poverty in Europe is on the rise amidst surging energy prices, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) highlighted during its third annual conference on the topic, held on Wednesday (July 19).

Measures put in place during the crisis have failed to tackle the issue, which was exacerbated by Russia’s war in Ukraine, said the EESC, an EU body bringing together civil society organisations, employer groups, and trade unions.

“We need a new deal, a new agreement supported by strong political will where all levels of governance push in the same direction,” said Baiba Miltoviča, president of the EESC’s section for transport, energy, infrastructure, and the information society.

The European Commission’s REPowerEU plan, presented in May last year, was meant to protect households from energy shortages and was successful in reducing Europe’s dependence on cheap Russian gas.

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