In Italy, POWER UP will implement a pilot scheme in the four municipalities in Campania region (united in an entity called UCSA).
The grouping of San Giuseppe Vesuviano, Palma Campania, San Gennaro Vesuviano and Striano one of the 6 European pilots that act as “living labs”: each of them will implement novel business models around renewable energy or energy efficiency services together with households affected by energy poverty and with local stakeholders (municipalities, social organisations, energy utilities, citizen cooperatives etc.).
According to Eurostat in 2018 the Campania region has the highest percentage of persons at risk of poverty or social exclusion in Europe (53% of total population). Moreover, the UCSA territory also hosts a high percentage of communities from the Balkans, Eastern Europe, Northern Africa, China and Bangladesh. The existing provision of state allowances and grants to vulnerable and poor groups provides sufficient data to identify potential people affected by energy poverty. However, data is neither centralised nor consolidated at local level.
The joint effort between UCSA and the social services of the 4 municipalities will help integrating the datasets to allow a much broader understanding of the energy poverty issue, compared to the Eurostat figures for Campania. The large participation of the community during the pandemic has created a fertile ground for co-operation and to promote a permanent forum on this theme allowing contributions from every group (faith, associations, etc.) operating locally.
UCSA is an Italian Joint Office for Environmental Sustainability created in 2016. It includes the municipalities of Palma Campania, San Gennaro Vesuviano, San Giuseppe Vesuviano and Striano. 61.000 inhabitants.