ENGAGER Energy Rights Forum 2021

Engager Energy Rights Forum 2021

Engager Energy Rights Forum 2021

ENGAGER
Energy Rights Forum 2021

One year into the pandemic and lockdowns, we have had many intense conversations on introducing the right to energy. Together, we have written a call for action. The Engager Energy Rights Forum 2021 brought together both young and experienced practitioners, policymakers, and researchers for further discussion, in order to generate a pool of resources and ideas to contribute to the growing debate around the right to energy. This website is not a leftover of the Forum but a source of knowledge from experts and vulnerable people.
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Topics

Would a Right to Energy End Energy Poverty?

The forum consisted of five session, each dedicated to a specific topic. Below you can find summaries of all sessions and graphic recording material.

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  • Topic 1 What is energy and why is it important?

    •  (Topics: What is energy and why is it important?)

      What exactly makes energy a good that people should be entitled to? Is it a basic good? A common? Or a commodity that should be affordable? In social science, energy has been acknowledged as equivalent to “power”, meaning it can enable and drive human development. Does that make energy equally important for human life as water or food? We do know a lot about the consumption of energy, but the meaning of energy for human development in general and for individuals to thrive is less clear.

      • Video Recording & Videos [2]

        • What is energy and why is it important? (recorded live stream)
        • Intro Video link
  • Topic 2 A right to free or affordable energy?

    •  (Topics: A right to free or affordable energy?)

      Do (should) people have a right to (basic) free energy? What are people’s essential material and social energy needs, and how to guarantee that everyone has access to this in a manner they can afford? The session includes presentations from organizations working towards universal free energy, and will consider best practices, opportunities, and limitations from past and present free and affordable energy policies, including as adopted during COVID-19, or more generally across Europe, for example in Belgium.

      • Video Recording & Videos [2]

        • A right to free or affordable energy? (recorded live stream)
        • Free and Affordable Energy – Inspiration
  • Topic 3 A right to energy as a solution to energy poverty?

    •  (Topics: A right to energy as a solution to energy poverty?)

      The invited activists and practitioners helped us draw lessons from existing rights (such as the right to water and to housing) and from existing right to energy campaigns in order to develop together a reflection and proposals to answer the question above.

      • Video Recording & Videos [4]

        • A right to energy as a solution to energy poverty? (recorded live stream)
        • Talk by Aikaterini Tsampi (University of Groningen)
        • Interview with Fabien Gay (French Senate)
        • Talk by Irene Escorihuela (Observatory ESCR director)
  • Topic 4 Invisible energy precarious groups: marginalization and policy discrimination?

    •  (Topics: Invisible energy precarious groups: marginalization and policy discrimination?)

      Who are the invisible energy precarious groups? What needs to be done? What are the barriers to achieve ‘what needs to be done’? How can we overcome these barriers? In this context, the ENGAGER right to energy toolkit aims to assist scholars, civil society, policy-makers, students and media in engaging with energy poverty through the concept and language of the ‘right to energy’. It is a collaborative effort through which more than 25 ENGAGER researchers and practitioners are jointly reflecting on the principles and practice of the right to energy.

      • Video Recording & Videos [1]

        • Invisible energy precarious groups: marginalization and policy discrimination? (recorded live stream)
  • Topic 5 How to address energy poverty in the context of COVID-19?

    •  (Topics: How to address energy poverty in the context of COVID-19?)

      What are the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on household energy poverty across Europe? What are key concerns and what are good policies for ensuring continuous, affordable, access to energy supplies to people during the crisis? How to address energy poverty in short-term and long-term COVID-19 response and recovery efforts?

      • Video Recording & Videos [2]

        • How to address energy poverty in the context of COVID-19? (recorded live stream)
        • ENGAGER COVID-19 Energy Map