Raising the awareness of citizens
on energy issues was one of the main goals for the INOGATE Project in the past
years. This is an important aspect as citizens who can grasp basic concepts of
energy and its complexity as an issue can also understand why energy sector
reforms are necessary processes and what are the potential benefits for the
With this aim in mind, the
INOGATE communication team created a series of 7 stories, targeting citizens
both in the EU and in the Partner Countries, without a background on energy
issues. The stories illustrate the successful areas of interventions undertook
by INOGATE in crucial areas.
The stories published can be
accessed as following:
1. Saving energy at home - a ‘how to’ centre for sustainable energy
Through greater awareness of
energy efficiency, consumers are empowered to make informed choices to save
themselves money and help increase their country’s energy security.
2. Phasing out subsides in energy tarrifs: why it’s necessary
Properly set tariffs are essential
as they ensure the quality of energy supply and fund future investments in
energy which in turn are necessary to meet the growing energy demands of a
country. However, a tariff must be cost-reflective while also protecting
socially vulnerable groups.
3. Saving on your energy bills by making better buying choices
Consumers have more information and new
choices to reduce energy consumption in their households by considering energy
labelling when buying energy efficient appliances and lighting and obtaining
energy passports before making decisions to rent or buy homes.
4. Investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency
Investing in renewable energy and energy
efficiency is a smart way of providing affordable, clean and reliable energy to
citizens. In order to facilitate and attract investments, appropriate
legislation, financing schemes and other support mechanisms must be in place.
5. Energy statistics you can trust
Reliable energy data is the foundation for
sound decision-making. Every country needs to know how its consumers are using
energy, both to develop better policy and to create a more enabling environment
for the energy sector. Trusted, accurate statistics answer questions in a
6. An end to electricity supply frustrations
Electrical appliances can be destroyed due
to power surges or frequent outages. Consumers sometimes spend endless hours on
hold before speaking to a power company representative. This poor quality of
service leaves consumers feeling frustrated and dissatisfied, but now new
regulations are protecting consumers’ rights.
7. Turning waste into energy
Countries all over the world are addressing
their landfill problems by recycling their garbage and producing energy from
waste to heat their homes and public buildings. Producing energy from collected
landfill gas is one of best ways to reduce negative impacts of existing
landfills on the environment and people living near it.