Tierra Estella against energy poverty

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Tierra Estella against energy poverty
Thematic sectors: 
Political sectors EU: 
Urban, energy
Geographic characterisation - Biogeographic region: 
Project duration: 
07/01/2018 - 04/30/2019
Adaptation initiative typology: 
Soft or non-structural measures
Type of climate impact: 
Cryosphere degradation
Landslides and subsidence
Water scarcity
Extreme temperatures

Description of the case study

During the first quarter of 2018, the TEDER Association developed the pilot “Tierra Estella region against energy poverty” programme financed by FEADER and the Government of Navarre. In this context, it was deemed necessary to create an action protocol among the area’s various public and private entities, seeking compromise to work towards a universal right to energy, identifying users and establishing actions with the greatest impact on each situation.
With everything learned from this project, and thanks to the support of the Innov@social programme from the Caja Navarra Foundation and La Caixa Foundation, a second phase of this project could be carried out through April 2019 with the same citizen assistance philosophy. In this second phase, an effort was made to develop the network spirit, working and creating connections between Local Entities, Basic Social Services, and associations. This way, “InfoEnergy Antennas” are created to facilitate users with an information point near their own municipality. 

Challenges : 

The project is based on the main challenge of fighting against energy poverty in Tierra Estella. According to the Minimum Income Standard (MIS) key energy poverty indicator, more than 6% of Navarre’s population is in a state of vulnerability, therefore with difficulties paying their energy bills. 

Objectives : 

Main objective: Informing, training, and raising awareness about energy poverty in Tierra Estella, seeking out alliances with public and private entities that have the ability to act against this situation and carry out small actions in vulnerable homes to mitigate said poverty. For this purpose, the intention is: 
» Establishing a protocol to fight against energy poverty with public-private involvement. 
» Carrying out training processes and designing support materials for technical personnel and volunteers from collaborating entities.
» Identifying users from the protocol to fight against energy poverty, and carrying out direct actions against energy poverty in Tierra Estella.
» Carrying out important awareness-raising work on energy poverty.

Solutions : 

The results obtained with this project are:
» A home energy efficiency and saving guide
» Collaboration agreements with the Red Cross of Estella, Cáritas, ELA, Estella Municipal Council, the Mendaza District Municipal Council, Ayegui Basic Social Services, Allo, Ancín-Améscoa, and Los Arcos Social Services Community, reaching a total of 50 entities. 
» 7 training workshops for technical personnel and volunteers from collaborating entities on energy efficiency and savings, and 14 meetings with the public that were attended by a total of 107 individuals. 
» 56 home energy audits to analyse and complete the corresponding energy reports and improvement proposals. 
» An average economic savings in electricity of 20.9% was reached in 66 contracts analysed (average savings of €147.82 per year per contract).
» An average economic savings in gas of 13.1% was reached in 13 contracts analysed (average savings of €85.94 per year per contract). 
» Processing requested for 90 social vouchers for a 29.3% savings (average savings of €129.03 per year per social voucher).
»  An action protocol to fight against energy vulnerability in the region, thanks to the collaboration, dedication, and solidarity of a large number of Tierra Estella entities. 

Importance and relevance of the adaptation : 

Case mainly implemented via objectives from other non-adaptation policies, though with significant consideration for climate change adaptation aspects.

Key words : 
Energy poverty
Tierra Estella
adaptation to climate change
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Countries involved: 
Geographical governance level : 
Organisations involved : 

The TEDER Association has been assisted by the entities that have supported this project, including the Caja Navarra Foundation and La Caixa Social Foundation with the innovasocial initiative

Additional Information

Stakeholder participation : 

This pilot project establishes a protocol to fight against energy poverty in Tierra Estella with the involvement of different public and private entities. Collaboration agreements are signed with 9 entities that bring together a total of 50 local and associative entities.
In addition to collaborating entities such as the Red Cross, Cáritas Diocesana, Basic Social Services, the Gypsy Secretariat Foundation, and others, the second part of the project included major efforts to involve Tierra Estella Municipal Councils. The Municipal Council response with the creation of “InfoEnergy Antenna Service Points” largely provided direct access and trust in energy services for those in a situation of energy vulnerability.

Success and limiting factors : 

Success factors: 
In response to territorial demands for the continuation of this service, the TEDER Association’s InfoEnergy Service Point will continue to work with the territory’s residents in a situation of energy vulnerability. It will also continue carrying out energy bill and contract analyses, proposing corrective measures that lead to energy and economic savings, together with the processing of social vouchers.  
Limiting factors: 
The network’s coordination between municipalities, associations, and basic services. 

Cost-benefit analysis : 

The pilot project had a budget of €46,423.75, promoted by TEDER and financed by FEADER and the Government of Navarre.
The project’s continuation was backed by a budget of €30,000, and has the support of La Caixa Social Foundation and the Caja Navarra Foundation’s InnovaSocial Programme.
The project's total investment has been €76,423.75.


Legal aspects : 

On 27 October 2017, draft legislation was approved on sub-measure 19.02.02 on the Implementation of Participatory Local “Tierra Estella region against energy poverty” Development Strategies, promoted by the TEDER Association.
From January 2018 to 31 July 2018, the pilot project to fight against energy poverty was developed.
Target 1 of the Tierra Estella Development Strategy includes “Contribution to encouraging energy efficiency and savings, as well as the promotion of renewable energies”. 

Implementation period : 

07/01/2018 - 04/30/2019  (1 year - completed)






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