FPRN bulletin – 12th August 2022

12 August 2022

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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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Feminist Electrification - UN Climate Change (YouTube)
UN Climate Change (2022)
 Video  Open Access 

This short video from the UN explores the issue of energy poverty disproportionally affecting women in rural areas. The video shows how in Hatit energy access projects are being delivered with a gender lens, resulting in “feminist electrification”. This has resulted in increased participation of and benefits to women in rural areas across infrastructure planning, training and employment, local women-led business support, domestic energy use, and community resource availability.

Energy Poverty Evaluation Using a Three-Dimensional and Territorial Indicator: A Case Study in Chile (website)
Alexis Pérez-Fargallo; Matías Leyton-Vergara; Paulina Wegertseder; Raúl Castaño-Rosa (2022)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This paper assesses different energy poverty situations in a social-housing case study located in south-central Chile through a  Three-dimensional and Territorial Indicator of Energy Poverty framing. The results provide an improved understanding of energy poverty at the local scale.

Overcoming energy poverty in childhood from a policy perspective (website)
Irene González-Pijuan; Aimee Ambrose; Lucie Middlemiss; Sergio Tirado-Herrero; Christina Fashanu (2022)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This preprint article seeks to understand the extent to which energy policies target children in energy poverty by exploring EU-SILC data and policy analysis from 28 countries. The analysis finds that children are largely only considered within the context of their families and are passive subjects with their own perspectives and needs neglected.

Impact of energy poverty on cognitive and mental health among middle-aged and older adults in China (pdf)
Xuefeng Li; Han Yang; Jin Jia (2022)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This paper presents results from analysis of the China Family Panel Studies dataset in relation to the impact of energy poverty of cognitive and mental health for middle-older aged adults in China. The results find a significant negative impact on cognitive and mental health for those in energy poverty and that this is worse for older people.

Solving the difficult problem of hard to decarbonize homes (website)
Rokia Raslan; Aimee Ambrose (2022)
 Academic Paper 

This article explores the issue of hard to decarbonize homes, including defining what they are, impacts for occupants of such housing and knowledge gaps. The article concludes with reflections on  priorities for a research agenda to ensure those hard to decarbonize homes (and households) are not left behind in the transition to a low carbon housing future.

Household energy efficiency and energy poverty in Serbia (website)
Marco Peretto (2022)
 Other  Open Access 

This research thesis documents energy poverty in the Republic of Serbia and explores various energy poverty strategies which could result in meeting European Commission energy efficiency and poverty objectives. The implementation of Minimum Energy Performance Standards was found to offer the best opportunities to address energy poverty in Serbia.

We’re also producing a special issue of the journal People, Policy and Place on Decarbonisation and Energy Poverty. Seven articles have already been published and more will follow soon.

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