Action on Poverty in the European Parliament

Energy Projects Plus, a Merseyside charity, celebrates 20 years of combating energy poverty with Theresa Griffin MEP in the European Parliament.

Today, Energy Projects Plus, an independent environmental charity, were invited to speak in the European Parliament on energy efficiency and energy poverty at an international workshop organised by Theresa Griffin MEP.

Energy Projects Plus, based in Wallasey, was in Brussels to lend its expertise of 20 years combating energy poverty to an audience of MEPs and experts from the European Parliament and the European Commission.

Energy Projects Plus are highly engaged with the community, pioneering projects such as Warmth4All (an innovative partnership with a local food bank supporting more than 2,000 beneficiaries), promoting the Wirral Fuel Debt Advice Service and providing energy awareness training, such as ‘Introduction to Affordable Warmth’ and ‘Achieving Affordable Warmth’.

Peter Owen, CEO of Energy Projects Plus, stated:

“For twenty years we at Energy Projects Plus have been helping residents in the North West of England to tackle all the causes of energy poverty. We are delighted by the invitation to support the European Parliament in its work on the important issues of energy poverty and energy efficiency. We look forward to sharing ideas and collaborating with key figures from across Europe.”

Theresa Griffin, MEP for the North West of England and the European Labour Party’s Spokesperson on Energy, said:

“It is such a privilege to be joined in the European Parliament by an environmental charity from the region I represent. Energy Projects Plus has done fantastic work in the North West and I hope that these examples will inspire other projects elsewhere in Europe.

“Energy poverty is a scourge on modern day society. It is unacceptable that as many as one in four families in the North West are facing the daily battle of choosing between heating and eating. My work as Chair of the Socialists and Democrats Working Group on Energy Poverty and Vice-President of EUFORES, a European cross-party network of MEPs who promote renewable energy and energy efficiency, will continue to push for change. The ultimate goal is to have concrete legislation to eliminate energy poverty, once and for all.”