The European Climate Fund commissioned an international study led by the think tank IEECP on the impacts of residential decarbonisation measures on the energy-poor and possible mitigation measures in Central and South-Eastern Europe.
The Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy (IEECP) think thank was the lead author of a study funded by the European Climate Fund (ECF). The research looked at the impact of the Fitfor55 package in 10 southern and central European countries, in particular the impact of decarbonising heating on energy-poor households. It is known that these households could be adversely affected by the Fitfor55 package unless they are fairly compensated through existing financial instruments and the Social Climate Fund to be set up as part of the package of proposals. The project modelled the impact of the three main measures of the Fitfor55 package and their combination, and then made recommendations to the countries participating in the project.
The measures examined:
- Extension of the ETS to the buildings sector (ETS2)
- Mandatory minimum energy performance standards for buildings (Minimum Energy Performance Standards, as part of the new draft EPBD)
- Phasing out of fossil fuels for domestic heating
For the modelling, the collection of national data, the commenting of modelling parameters and the validation of the results were carried out by MEHI for Hungary. In parallel to the modelling work, stakeholder interviews were conducted to assess the existing or planned national level measures (NEKT) and the Fitfor55 package of proposals. Fanni Sáfián, PhD and Anikó Pálffy contributed to the project on behalf of MEHI. The study will soon be available in this article following international publication by IEECP.