Media corner – upcoming podcasts on access to energy as a basic human right

Next week the ‘ENGAGER Energy Rights Forum: Would a Right to Energy end Energy Poverty?’ will take place between the 15th and 19th of March 2021, entirely online. While registration is now closed, there is still much to learn and there will be more podcasts produced after the event.

European Energy Poverty: Agenda Co-Creation and Knowledge Innovation (ENGAGER 2017-2021) is a research network funded via the European Co-operation in Science and Technology (COST) scheme. It is aimed at developing and strengthening an international community of researchers and practitioners focused on combating energy poverty – a condition typically manifested by the inability to secure adequate levels of domestic energy services (such as heating, lighting, cooling, appliances).

ENGAGER draws together scholars and practitioners based both within and outside Europe who focus on various aspects of complex energy poverty challenges, using the full suite of COST networking instruments.

To get you in the right frame of mind ENGAGER co-produced with The Energy Action Project (EnAct) produced earlier last year two podcasts on this topic.

In Access to Energy as a Basic Human Right (http://www.coldathome.today/energy-as-a-basic-human-right), Marlies Hesselman (University of Groningen) explores what it would mean for governments to ‘respect, protect and fulfil’ such a right, while also giving examples of where they are beginning to do so.

In The Right to Energy: A Policy Framework (http://www.coldathome.today/policy-framework-right-to-energy) Chian-Woei Shyu, National Chung Cheng University of Taiwan, digs into the eight dimensions of a possible policy framework.

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