Public policy against energy poverty in Poland. Possible interventions and their social impact

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Zielna Conference Centre



Zielna 37 Str., Warsaw

On January 30, we will organise a seminar on energy poverty and buildings’ retrofit in Poland. Together with experts we will discuss how to increase energy efficiency in the context of improving air quality in Poland.
The problem of energy poverty concerns 4.6 million people in Poland, mainly residents of rural areas and small towns (2016). This means that every eighth inhabitant of Poland has a problem with heating their apartment in winter (12.2% of the population). Currently there are no policy instruments in Poland which address those who face energy poverty, but the problem is receiving increased attention, especially in the context of improving air quality. The aim of the seminar is to discuss the possible policy interventions based on research results.
During the seminar we will present the results of our latest research on:
  • the scale and characteristics of energy poverty in Poland,
  • possible policy interventions,
  • the labour market impact of a broad programme of buildings’ retrofit in Poland – the policy instrument against energy poverty which we recommend as the most efficient.
Experts from France and Germany – Ute Dubois (ISG International Business School) and Laura Düpré (Caritas Deutschland) – will present their experience in the field of energy-poor households identification and ways to reduce the problem in their countries. In the last part of the seminar, we will discuss how to improve energy efficiency in Poland with the best social implications such as reducing energy poverty, creating new jobs and improving air quality. Pannelists: Piotr Woźny (Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technologii), Szymon Firląg (Buildings Performance Institute Europe), Andrzej Guła (Kraków Smog Alert), Ryszard Wirtwein (The city council in Sztum).
Detailed agenda → see.


The seminar will be held on January 30th, 2018 in Zielna Conference Centre (Zielna 37 Str., Warsaw – 6th floor, Europa room). The seminar language is Polish (despite of Ute Dubois and Laura Düpré presentations).

Registration: (until January 26th).

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The seminar is financially supported by the European Climate Foundation ("Energy poverty" project and "Labour market impact of building energy retrofit in Poland" project).

The seminar will be the third event organised by IBS about energy poverty in Poland. Previous events: Fuel poverty in Poland – from theory to practice (11.2016) and New perspective on inequalities and poverty in Poland (12.2015).

  • 9:00 – 9:30 Registration

  • 9:30 – 11:00 Session I – Alleviation of energy poverty

    • Welcome
      Piotr Lewandowski (Institute for Structural Research – IBS)
    • The magnitude and profile of energy poverty in Poland
      Katarzyna Sałach (Institute for Structural Research – IBS)
    • How to reduce energy poverty in Poland? Possible policy instruments
      Jan Rutkowski and Konstancja Ziółkowska (Institute for Structural Research – IBS)
    • The French approach to energy poverty: a mix of tools to tackle a multifaceted phenomenon
      Ute Dubois (ISG International Business School, Paris)

  • 11:00 – 11:20 Tea/coffee break

  • 11:20 – 12:20 Session II – Energy efficiency and the labour market

    • Improving the energy efficiency in buildings and the creation of green jobs in Poland
      Piotr Lewandowski (Institute for Structural Research – IBS)
    • Stromspar-check. Combating energy poverty and activating long-term unemployed
      Laura Düpré (Caritas Deutschland)

  • 12:20 – 13:30 Improving energy efficiency of buildings while maximizing socio-economic benefits?

    Panelists: representatives of central / local administration, energy efficiency experts, anti-smog activists (tbc)

  • 13:30 – 14:30 Lunch

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