Making Decarbonisation Fair – 1st & 2nd March 2021

Exploring the relationship between energy poverty and decarbonisation policies in Europe.The third ENGAGER network conference

Lisbon, 1st & 2nd March 2021. Call for contributions now open until 30th September.

#COVID19 We are aware that many events are currently being cancelled or postponed and that this may continue in the medium term. We welcome your interest in the event at this stage but ask you not to book any travel of accommodation yet. By December 2020, we will confirm whether, and in what form, the event is taking place.

Fuel Poverty Research Network, Defesa do consumidor (DECO), Center for Sustainability Research (CENSE -FCT NOVA), and the ENGAGER-COST (European Energy Poverty: Agenda Co-Creation and Knowledge Innovation funded by European Co-operation in Science and Technology) network invite researchers, practitioners and policymakers to an interactive, two-day knowledge exchange workshop. The event will focus on collaborative learning on important questions relating to ensuring fairness in the transition to decarbonised energy and housing systems. It will bring together people with a shared interest in energy, housing and fairness working in different sectors and across Europe, including high-profile speakers from research, Government, European institutions and consumer organisations.

The Focus

Decarbonisation policies pose both risks and opportunities for energy poor households. We will consider how these policies can be designed to make sure energy poverty is alleviated, rather than deepened. We will also seek to understand the distributional impacts of decarbonisation policies and the sort of measures required to make sure policies are fair and just. 


We invite participants to contribute and share their ideas and experiences. We encourage proposals for creative contributions to the event, including but not limited to: research/policy presentation; short lightning talks; poster; discussion group, video. Participants are not required to contribute a written paper.

We are particularly keen to see joint proposals from researchers, practitioners and policy organisations which aim to bring about policies, programmes or action for tackling energy poverty in the context of decarbonisation. 

Please note that this event will be conducted in English.


Event outputs will include:

  • Policy and research briefings
  • Special issue of People Policy and Place (Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research’s journal)
  • Special issue of Sustainability, ‘Multidimensional Perspectives for Energy Poverty Sustainable Mitigation’ 
  • Workshop report
  • An agenda for further exploration of the topic

The outputs of the conference will include a Proceedings so participants will be encouraged to contribute with an extended abstract of their paper (full papers are, however, not required).

Eligible participants

The event is open to participants from COST member countries and approved Near Neighbour Countries.


Through the ENGAGER-COST network, there is funding available towards the travel and accommodation costs of workshop contributors. More details will be provided.

Expressions of Interest

Applications for our event are now closed. We will be informing applicants by the end of 2020.

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