The CEES consortium strategically draws on the individual and collective experience of active energy communities, connects them to academics who can bring rigour to analysis of their actions, and taps into the expertise of advocacy and awareness-raising teams that can facilitate engagement of diverse target audiences and stakeholder groups.  

Energy community partners

  • ALIenergy (UK) applies innovative approaches to identify people at risk of energy poverty and enable them to access assistance schemes.
  • Coopérnico (PT) provides cooperative loans for communities exploring decentralised, sustainable energy systems.
  • Enercoop (FR), through Energie Solidairecollects microdonations on energy bills as well as energy donations to support local  programmes tackling energy poverty across France.
  • Les 7 Vents (FR) works directly with communities to enable energy efficiency improvements.
  • Repowering (UK) forefronts community energy schemes that put people at the heart of a just energy transition.
  • (EU) is the European federation of citizen energy cooperatives, bringing together 1 900 initiatives and their 1.25 mln citizens who are active in the energy transition.
  • ZEZ (CR) represents numerous energy cooperatives across Europe, as well as facilitating sustainable finance schemes via their online platform.


  • University of Birmingham (UK) will ensure the CEES project aligns with the most up-to-date research, developing relevant people-centered frameworks for action and evaluation.

Advocacy & awareness


CEES Advisory Board

The CEES consortium will draw on the expertise of an Advisory Board, composed of researchers and experts representing several countries and diverse institutions. This Board will be a direct resource to CEES partners,  providing advice and input based on existing projects and knowledge of energy poverty to improve the solutions developed.

Marine Cornelis (FR/IT)

A true policy shaker and boundary spanner, Marine is passionate about energy justice and community empowerment. She is an experienced public speaker, researcher and strategic advisor. She is deeply commited to democratisation, decentralisation, digitalisation and decarbonisation of energy systems.

Executive Director, Next Energy Consumer.

João Pedro Gouveia (PT)

An environmental engineer with a PhD in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies focused on Sustainable Energy Systems, from NOVA School of Science and Technology of NOVA University of Lisbon (PT), João Pedro is deeply involved in practical solutions for a more just energy system. 

Senior Researcher at CENSE, Invited Professor at FCT-NOVA University of Lisbon and ISEC Lisboa – Higher Institute of Education and Sciences.

Jean-Yves Garnier (FR)

Over his career in the energy sector, Jean-Yves has developed energy plans for developing countries and overseen international projects to enhance the collection, analysis and sharing of energy data, particularly while serving as the chief statistician for the International Energy Agency.

Independent consultant, policy advisor.

Slavica Robic (CR)

An experienced practitioner, manager, researcher, Slavica is also advocator, dedicated to achieving low (zero) carbon and just society fully adapted to climate change, with a strong focus on energy. Using evidence-based advocacy, Slavica aims to trigger change in social and energy policy to effectively tackle energy poverty.

Assistant Managing Director, North West Croatia Regional Energy Agency (REGEA).

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The CEES project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101026972.