Watt Matters Podcast - 03/June/2022

The energy transition must bring consumers on board

This week, the European consumer organisation’s (BEUC) Monique Goyens joins the team to discuss how consumers are taking an increasingly active role in the energy transition

            


From FORESIGHT Climate & Energy, Watt Matters is a podcast all about the energy transition and the shift to a decarbonised economy

For the best possible audio experience, listen to Watt Matters in the FORESIGHT app. This requires a subscription to FORESIGHT Climate & Energy. If you would like to know if your company/organisation is subscribed to FORESIGHT Climate & Energy, or if you would like a reminder of your login details, send an email to info@foresightdk.com.

The energy transition will only work if we engage consumers. The energy price crisis has made it clear that energy poverty is not a niche issue anymore, as more households are struggling to keep their homes at a comfortable temperature and use their electric appliances.

Measures to alleviate consumers from high price hikes are featuring prominently in the political agenda of several EU member states. Monique Goyens, director-general at the European consumer organisation BEUC, says that tackling energy poverty requires systemic thinking. Social measures are needed in the short term, but a massive change in energy efficiency support and the rollout of renewables are crucial.

We discuss with Monique Goyens how consumers are taking an increasingly active role in our energy systems. She has been at BEUC since 2007 and previously worked as secretary-general at the University Commission for Development.

Listen and subscribe to Watt Matters wherever you get podcasts. Follow us on Twitter at @WattMattersPod or email us at show@wattmatterspodcast.com. You can also find FORESIGHT Climate & Energy on LinkedIn.

Illustration: Masha Krasnova-Shabaeva. Art director: Trine Natskår.


Show notes:

 

Try full access to FORESIGHT Climate & Energy for €1 a day
Join over 100,000 policymakers, energy experts in business, finance, and academia, city leaders, and leading NGOs in having access to FORESIGHT Climate & Energy.
GET YOUR 30 DAY TRIAL

 

 

Share


Related articles

A just transition can help end energy poverty

The clean energy transition needs to be fair to everyone, with laws and financing to ensure the poorest households are not penalised by the switch from fossil fuels to renewables and benefit from the change, argues Marilyn Smith, Founder & Executive Director of The Energy Action Project

Read more

Building tomorrow, today

Insulating buildings is a cost-effective solution to save energy, reduce emissions and improve the health and comfort of our homes and work places, writes Mirella Vitale, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Communication and Public Affairs at ROCKWOOL Group

Read more

Coal-reliant regions around the world have been generally resistant to the energy transition and regulators have tended to defend the status quo. But they are slowly starting to realise that clear plans and financial support for disrupted societies are more important

A fair and just energy transition

Coal-reliant regions around the world have been generally resistant to the energy transition and regulators have tended to defend the status quo. But they are slowly starting to realise that clear plans and financial support for disrupted societies are more important

Read more

Building efficiency is crucial to a fair energy transition

Standards forcing landlords to make buildings more energy efficient would benefit the climate and tenants, say Jan Rosenow from the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) and Sibyl Steuwer from the Buildings Performance Institute Europe

Read more

As the European Investment Bank launches a public consultation on future energy lending, Vice President Andrew McDowell argues for a doubling in energy investments in the next ten years

An invitation to the energy transformation

As the European Investment Bank launches a public consultation on future energy lending, Vice President Andrew McDowell argues for a doubling in energy investments in the next ten years

Read more

New Mexico’s ways of managing a just transition for the climate and workers is being watched closely across the US

How a just transition for US coal workers is becoming reality

New Mexico’s ways of managing a just transition for the climate and workers is being watched closely across the US

Read more

EU ETS revenues can help unlock the clean energy transition

A recent World Bank study reveals global carbon revenues are rising sharply, but only around 42% are used for environmental projects. It shows European and American citizens prefer their governments to spend carbon revenues on low-carbon initiatives, so why is political will lagging behind asks Susanne Dyrbøl from Rockwool Group

Read more

Getting off gas: future risks for energy poor households

The gas package and renovation wave in the European Green Deal raise new opportunities for ending Europe’s dependence on gas. We need to think about what this means for energy poor households, writes Louise Sunderland from the Regulatory Assistance Project

Read more

Climate change is a social issue

Sustainable energy for all

Climate change is a social issue

Read more

energy efficient buildings

Creating a marketplace for energy efficiency in Europe

How the non-energy benefits of energy efficiency are often overlooked, yet vital if investments for energy savings are to increase substantially.

Read more