Theresa Griffin is a Senior Associate at E3G. Theresa’s work supports the Clean Economy team to engage stakeholders with an interest in the social dimensions of the EU’s Green Deal – just transition, energy poverty, citizens’ and workers’ rights and consumer protection – whose participation in the Green Deal’s development and delivery are crucial to its overall success.
Theresa was a Member of the European Parliament 2014-2020 for a diverse region of 7.4 million people. Energy MEP of the Year 2017 for her work in fighting energy poverty. Theresa is a UK and EU legislator and climate neutral advocate placing citizens as full participants at the heart of all policy-making.
Theresa’s ‘New Deal for Energy Consumers’ called for EU Energy Policy to have a social dimension to protect consumers. In legislation, ‘Towards a European Energy Union’ and ‘Governance of the Energy Union’ she achieved higher ambition for renewables and energy efficiency and enshrined fighting energy poverty for the first time into EU law. A lead legislator in the ‘Clean Energy for All EU Citizens Package’ she called for higher ambition in the ‘European Green Deal’ and for a ‘Just Transition’ that leaves no worker, community or young person behind.
Theresa authored the EU’s Energy Poverty Manifesto which led to the establishment of the first EU-wide Energy Poverty Observatory. Her legislative files, ‘Security of Gas Supply’ and ‘Gas Storage and Transportation’ successfully fostered regional co-operation throughout Europe at times of threat to the security of energy supply.
She worked as a legislator on the ‘Energy Performance of Buildings Directive’ and secured fire safety within its remit following the disaster of Grenfell in the UK. She is a champion of an inclusive Renovation Wave.
Her work in Transport and ‘The Mobility Package’ centred upon decarbonisation, electrification, affordable public mobility, accessibility, health outcomes and fair treatment of precarious workers.
Theresa work on the ‘EU Copyright Directive’ safeguards the remuneration and rights of creative workers. ‘Education in the Digital Era’ includes everyone in the digital industrial revolution and provides for women and girls to be equipped with the skills to access the jobs of the future.
Theresa was Shadow Rapporteur on ‘Horizon Europe’ to 2020 arguing for increased investment in all parts of the chain of production. She has consistently advocated for industrial policy and all trade deals to be gender and climate proofed.
Theresa leads effective and meaningful interface and communication with industry, NGOs, European Parliament, Commission and Council, universities and the research community, national and local governments, civil society, citizens, consumer groups and trade unions. The needs of citizens and social justice are central to her work.