Welcome ComAct, the new project set to lift citizens in CEE and CIS region out of energy poverty by developing and piloting a set of community tailored actions

The new H2020 funded project ComAct, of which BPIE is a proud partner and which stands for Community Tailored Actions for Energy Poverty Mitigation, will provide and pilot a set of financial, technical and organisational instruments to address the energy poverty problem in the CEE and CIS region with the renovation of multifamily buildings.

Energy poverty represents a problem all over Europe, and is particularly high in the East, South, South-Eastern and Baltic regions of Europe, where GDP per capita often falls below the EU average. The situation in the former Soviet Union republics (CIS region) is even more severe. For example, in Ukraine, 70% of flats in multifamily apartment buildings, hosting more than 30 million people are highly energy-inefficient due to its outdated equipment which poses serious challenges for many households still facing the decision between heating and eating.

Implementing energy efficiency measures is more complicated in these countries than in Western Europe, particularly due to mass privatisation of the housing sector combined with the deconstruction of the social safety net during the 1990s. Privately owned multi-family apartment blocks predominated, and increased of energy costs became a burden to family budgets.

ComAct seeks to face these issues head on. The H2020 project aims to address energy poverty in this region by empowering and activating the communities of homeowners’ associations, developing and adapting financial tools for low income families, and optimising technical solutions that provide most favourable cost-benefit ratio for the energy efficient improvements in multi-family apartment buildings.

This approach will be tested in five pilot countries (Hungary, Bulgaria, Republic of North Macedonia, Lithuania and Ukraine), representing the different sub-regions of the CEE and CIS territory. The impact will already be visible in the timeframe of the project, with its aim to involve more than 3000 consumers and trigger almost 10 million euros of investments in sustainable energy.

However, the biggest impact of ComAct lies in the lessons learned coming out of the pilots, to be replicated all over Europe: this falls well in line with the Renovation Wave commitment to use renovation as a lever to address energy poverty and access to healthy housing for all households. ComAct’s contribution will be key in providing EU countries a set of instruments to lift millions of its citizens out of energy poverty and to ensure that buildings provide a healthy and affordable living and working environment.

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