FPRN bulletin – 11th March 2024

11 March 2024

The FPRN email bulletin is a semi-regular email highlighting a handpicked selection of recently published research and other knowledge outputs in the area of fuel/energy poverty from around the world. The aim is to share this emerging knowledge more widely and to help generate discussion across the network.

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New Age UK analysis shows an energy social tariff would have lifted 2.2 million households out of fuel poverty this winter
Age UK (2024)
 Blog  Open Access 

New analysis by Age UK has revealed that 2.2 million households would not be living in fuel poverty this winter – a reduction of around 65% – if the Government had implemented an energy social tariff to help the most vulnerable energy users in society.

Decarbonising heat while addressing fuel poverty
William Carr; Helena Bennett (2024)
 Report  Open Access 

The report challenges the approach of ‘fabric first’ retrofit and shows that heat pumps in the UK may be a more affordable retrofit option than an insulation first approach. Reducing costs of technologies may mean policy makers need to rethink decarbonization approaches.

Unpacking the energy crisis impact with a multidimensional vulnerability index: A granular analysis of the Spanish case
Roberto Barrella; Laura Blas-Álvarez (2024)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This paper explores the likelihood of being exposed to energy poverty in Spain by using a novel metric of energy vulnerability at the local level. The results show that over 84% of the municipalities show a vulnerability index of 3 or higher (out of 5) and discusses how the proposed indicator might help policy decision-makers fight energy poverty at the local level.

Unraveling energy justice in NYC urban buildings through social media sentiment analysis and transformer deep learning (pdf)
Mehdi Ashayeri; Narjes Abbasabadi (2024)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This paper explores the relationship between human sentiment on social media data, urban building characteristics, and the socio-spatial dynamics of New York City. The research uncovers disparities in the built environment and the allocation of resources in NYC and highlights the critical need to embrace a spatial energy justice framework for a sustainable future.

Home for the Common Future (HCF): The use of home-meanings to promote domestic energy retrofit
Yekatherina Bobrova; George Papachristos; Lai Fong Chiu; Svetlana Tikhomirova; Thomas M. Coon (2024)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This paper explores both the emotional and cognitive aspects of energy retrofit decisions from 18 case studies and workshops with 36 stakeholders. Based on the data the authors developed a Home for the Common Future heuristic, which captures three out of five identified themes of the research.

Flex-ability for all: Pursuing socially inclusive demand-side flexibility in Europe
Sophie Yule-Bennett; Louise Sunderland (2024)
 Report  Open Access 

This report identifies strategies to help lessen inequities by improving access to the benefits of a clean energy system for lower-income and vulnerable households through demand-side flexibility.  The report identifies a number of policy actions including targeting the right kind of flexibility, plugging technology gaps and designing low-risk and upside-only retail offers.

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