ReRisk - Regions at Risk of Energy Poverty


Effects of rising energy prices on regional competitiveness.

Thematic scope

Europe enters a new energy landscape: Energy prices have been rising and the dependency on fossil fuels is increasing. Thus, energy supply and demand will in the future have to turn more towards renewable energy sources and focus more on efficient use of energy. EU Ministers responsible for territorial development have given priority to this issue by expressing their intention in the Territorial Agenda (2007) to explore and develop opportunities of new forms of renewable energy supply. Considering this, this project focuses on opportunities to support competitive and clean energy supplies for regions in Europe and to generate and strengthen sustainable energy sources. It delivers future-oriented territorial evidence on the impact of rising energy prices on the competitiveness of European regions as well as on cohesion in Europe in a long-term perspective.

Please read more about the main research areas and main results envisaged on the next page.

Lead Partner

Detailed information on the contracted project team can be found under Transnational Project Groups.

Sounding Board

Lauri Frank, Finland
Romain Pasquier, France

Budget: € 699 250,00

Project’s lifetime: July 2008 – July 2010

Delivery of Reports

Inception Report: 26 September 2008
Interim Report: 31 March 2009
Updated Interim Report: 31 October 2009
Draft Final Report: 31 March 2010
Final Report: 31 July 2010


Reports will be published once they are approved by the ESPON Monitoring Committee

More information

Please contact the Project Expert at the ESPON Coordination Unit:
Ann-Gritt PANNENBORG (NEUSE), e-mail: [email protected]

Main research areas

  • Linking available data on energy production and consumption in the European regions with their territorial characteristics, socioeconomic as well as environmental indicators in order to obtain a clear picture on how increasing energy prices might affect different types of regions
  • Examination of the vulnerability for energy poverty for different types of regions.
  • Scenarios for different types of European regions on the impact of rising energy prices on regional competitiveness and cohesion and case studies on selected regions.
  • Definition of policy recommendations for regions to be empowered to cope with rising energy prices as well as guidelines that policy maker on European, national and regional levels can apply in view of the risk of energy poverty.

Main results envisaged

  • Substantial data input to the ESPON Database.
  • Indicators offering additional information on the regional impact of increasing energy prices on transport, private households, and industry, and new complex indicators, revealing the regions’ socio-economic situation and the impact of increasing energy prices on their competitiveness.
  • Typologies of European regions reflecting the impact of increasing energy prices on the demand side as well as on the supply side.
  • European maps revealing the degree of vulnerability of different types of European regions to increasing energy prices, energy consumption patterns on regional levels for transport and industry as well as development opportunities for regions in Europe to save energy and to generate renewable energies.


Final Report

  • Acrobat Document | 6.03MB

Draft Final Report

  • Acrobat Document | 4.00MB

Press Release 25 May 2009

  • Acrobat Document | 23KB

Updated Interim Report Version 26/10/2009

  • Acrobat Document | 2.01MB

Updated Interim Report, annex 1) Area Typologies - Clustering Version 30/10/2009

  • Acrobat Document | 6.01MB

Updated Interim Report, annex 2) Case studies and Scenarios Version 30/10/2009

  • Acrobat Document | 673KB

Discussion Paper: Impacts of Climate Change on Regional Energy Systems

  • Acrobat Document | 292KB

Interim Report

  • Acrobat Document | 1.55MB

Inception Report

  • Acrobat Document | 1.52MB

Project Specification

  • Acrobat Document | 66KB