EnPover– Alleviating Energy Poverty in Municipalities


By fostering knowledge exchange through workshops and study visits and through creating relevant tools, the project empowers municipal actors to initiate and support low-cost energy efficiency.


EnPover Municipalities aims for a two-fold impact: to reduce GHG emissions from the private household sector and to alleviate energy poverty of vulnerable households by empowering municipal actors to better support these. To this end, it wants to boost low-cost energy efficiency measures through focussing on municipal initiatives and activities in Poland, Hungary, and Germany.

Wrocław, Polen

Wrocław, Poland photo: Serhii Pererva

Over a period of 18 months, the project includes four key outputs and activities.

First, it wants to establish a transnational network of municipal professionals. Second, it will organise a series of workshops and study visits that invite a variety of thematic experts to participate, thus fostering the exchange of best-practice examples by local initiatives. This aims to build municipal staff’s capacities and skills in supporting energy-poor households.


View on industrial area in Poland; photo: Marcin Jozwiak

Third, it will create a toolkit of customized support schemes that municipalities can implement to alleviate energy poverty in their districts. Furthermore, it will develop energy awareness campaigns, aiming to teach and encourage private households to undertake energy-saving measures.


Private households in the EU contribute a considerable share to the overall GHG emissions. At the same time, they often suffer from rising energy bills and thus are prone to energy poverty. Low-cost energy efficiency measures are a promising answer to these challenges. They can include small-scale investments and/or a change of energy consumption behaviours. Both can be facilitated by local authorities. This is a contribution to the overall climate targets of the project countries and therefore perfectly links to the European 2030 climate and energy efficiency targets.

While this project fosters dialogue with the aim of mutual learning from good examples, awareness-raising, and knowledge transfer between municipal key actors, a further project that involves the group of vulnerable private households seems desirable.

Project information

Updated: March 2020

Countries: Germany, Hungary, Poland

Project duration: 10/19 - 03/21

Funding: 288,981 €

Target groups: Cities, towns and municipalities, Civil Society, Companies, Experts, Investors, Private sector

Implementing organisation:
Association of Municipalities Polish Network "Energie Cités“ (PNEC)

Partners: Energiaklub, Environmental Action Germany

Project Webseite: pnec.org.pl/pl/

Contact Person

MS Patrycja Plonka


PNEC – Association of Municipalities Polish Network “Energie Cités”


17/30 Slawkowska str.

31-016 Krakow


Email: patrycja.plonkapnec.org.pl


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The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):

This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information on the EUKI: www.euki.de