FPRN bulletin – 15th July 2022

15 July 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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Between insufficiency and efficiency: Unraveling households' electricity usage characteristics of urban and rural Indonesia (ScienceDirect)
Ambarsari Dwi Cahyani; Nachrowi Djalal Nachrowi; Djoni Hartono; Diah Widyawati (2022)
 Academic Paper 

This paper presents analysis from Indonesia where the issue between energy insufficiency and efficiency is investigated. The paper reveals that most Indonesian households still encountered energy insufficiency and presents a number of characteristics of who is most vulnerable to this. The challenge remains around how to provide affordable energy for households in energy poverty, while at the same time transitioning to a sustainable energy future.

An agenda for future Social Sciences and Humanities research on energy efficiency: 100 priority research questions (pdf)
Chris Foulds; Sarah Royston; Thomas Berker; et al. (2022)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This timely paper provides a research agenda outlining future Social Sciences and Humanities research priorities for energy efficiency and identifies 100 priority questions for energy efficiency research. The questions are grouped around seven key themes: (1) Citizenship, engagement and knowledge exchange in relation to energy efficiency; (2) Energy efficiency in relation to equity, justice, poverty and vulnerability; (3) Energy efficiency in relation to everyday life and practices of energy consumption and production; (4) Framing, defining and measuring energy efficiency; (5) Governance, policy and political issues around energy efficiency; (6) Roles of economic systems, supply chains and financial mechanisms in improving energy efficiency; and (7) The interactions, unintended consequences and rebound effects of energy efficiency interventions.

How to combine action on housing retrofit with tackling health inequalities (and other injustices) (website)
Annika Hjelmskog (2022)
 Report  Open Access 

This briefing paper highlights the interconnected policy priorities that retrofitting homes can contribute to (including reducing issues of fuel poverty) and takes a Whole Systems Approach to retrofitting as a public health issue. The report puts forward a number of actions as to how housing retrofit can take a health equity approach.

The diversity penalty: Domestic energy injustice and ethnic minorities in the United Kingdom (ScienceDirect)
Stefan Bouzarovski; Manon Burbidge; Amish Sarpotdar; Mari Martiskainen (2022)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This paper explores the relationships between ethnicity and end-use energy injustices in the UK. The paper focuses on the drivers and experiences of fuel poverty and energy vulnerability among ethnic minorities and provides insights into how inequalities are manifested, how they persist, and how place-based patterns of deprivation arise through practices of marginalization, precarization and exclusion.

Worried about high energy bills, some Canadians risk discomfort, illness and even death (website)
Runa Das; Mari Martiskainen (2022)
 Other  Open Access 

Explores the energy poverty context in Canada and presents outcomes from recent research highlighting the growing challenges around fuel poverty and the impact this is having on households health and well-being.

Energy Poverty Advisory Hub Conference 2022 “Moving Towards Energy Autonomy” Day 1 opening, keynote and debate (YouTube)
Various (2022)
 Video  Open Access 

This is a video recording of Day 1 of the 2nd Energy Poverty Advisory Hub international conference which took place on 28-29 June 2022 in Zagreb under the theme “Moving towards energy autonomy: How to guarantee social inclusion”. The video covers the opening remarks, the keynote address and a debate on “Energy autonomy – Challenges and policies at different levels of governance”.

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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