Deepening the understanding and extending and refining existing knowledge should be done via multifaceted and interdisciplinary approach that involves different agencies and various stakeholders. Moreover, opportunities for policy synergies between energy poverty-oriented policies and other urgent and persistent socio-economic challenges should be tracked and traced. Housing affordability, unemployment and social exclusion in general, as well as climate change mitigation measures and a shift towards low carbon economies should be addressed in the same framework with energy poverty.
The EU as well as the Member States, have financially supported numerous research and practice-orientated programmes that pertain to energy poverty, with more than 30 million Euro. Nevertheless, an integrated forum to articulate policy questions concerning energy poverty, give directions for prospective approaches on this issue and monitor the development of joint synergies doesn’t exist. Thus, a compilation of case studies of best practices and evidence based scientific research alongside with policy transfer via synergies and cooperation across EU and national agencies, research institutes, relevant stakeholders and representatives of vulnerable groups would help to overcome the obstacles and combat energy poverty.