Course (certified) on Tech Diplomacy

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01/01/2021 to 31/12/2021


A household is considered to be in fuel poverty when it is unable to access basic energy services at home as a result of the lack of energy efficiency of the dwelling, high energy prices or low household income. This is a problem traditionally considered to be associated with winter conditions. However, in southern European countries, energy poverty is equally important during the summer months. According to the latest Eurostat survey, more than 20% of Spanish households report that they are unable to keep their homes at an adequate temperature in summer. This situation is expected to worsen due to climate change and, in urban areas, due to the heat island effect.

The experience proposed to be developed in this ApS activity is intertwined with the activities proposed in the project COOLTORISE: raising summer energy poverty awarenes to reduce cooling needs, funded by the H2020 programme of the European Commission in its call LC-SC3-EC-2-2018-2019-2020 – Mitigating household energy poverty, which aims to mitigate summer energy poverty in households in Spain, Italy, Greece and Bulgaria. It is planned to reach a minimum of 3100 households, 450 of them located in the city of Madrid, during the years 2022 and 2023. The activities foreseen with these households include the development of home visits, the development of awareness-raising and bill review workshops, the installation of low-cost kits for the improvement of indoor conditions, and the development of small community interventions in the public space (pocket gardens).

For the implementation of these activities, this project includes as a novelty the participation of university students as volunteers (see the Grant Agreement of the project). In addition to mitigating the situation of summer energy poverty in the municipality, the aim is to improve the training of professionals who, in a few years’ time, will graduate with a technical degree from our universities, especially those related to the housing stock. In this context, service learning is the ideal vehicle for channelling the participation of the student community, providing a structured and regulated framework of knowledge and learning objectives that guarantees maximum benefit and recognition of the activities carried out.

This Learning and Service project is part of the activities proposed by the EELISA Community “Sustainable BCC” coordinated by professors Sergio Vega and Soledad García Morales from the School of Architecture.


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Relevant SDGs

SDG11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
SDG7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

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Sustainable Buildings, Cities and Communities




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Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

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