FPRN bulletin – 17th October 2023

17 October 2023

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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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Are housing circumstances associated with faster epigenetic ageing? (website)
Amy Clair; Emma Baker; Meena Kumari (2023)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

The authors explore the association in the UK between epigenetic ageing and housing circumstances. They find that living in a privately rented home is related to faster biological ageing and that repeated housing arrears and exposure to pollution/environmental problems are also associated with faster biological ageing. The findings highlight the significant potential for housing policy changes to improve health outcomes.

Energy Poverty and Unfit Housing in Poland (pdf)
Jakub Sokołowski (2023)
 Report  Open Access 

This report is a call to action for meticulous planning, transparent decision-making, and strategic execution to ensure that available funds to address fuel poverty and housing quality in Poland are directed to those who are most in need.

Critically assessing energy hardship in Aotearoa New Zealand for strategising its eradication (pdf)
Luiza Fernandes Brabo (2023)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This PhD thesis explores energy hardship in NZ through interviews with experts and organisations, and broader surveys. The thesis identifies a number of important outcomes for reducing energy hardship not only through a focus on the household but also at the community level.

Policy brief - Fuel and transport poverty in Scotland: actions towards accurately identifying fuel and transport (pdf)
Keran Sarah Boyd; Christian Calvillo; Tanja Mueller; Xiaoyi Mu; Tong Zhu (2023)
 Report  Open Access 

This policy brief presents outcomes of a literature review to identify key drivers, definitions and metrics characterising fuel and transport poverty in Scotland. A number of recommendations for policy recommendations are discussed including adopting risk-based assessments or multidimensional indicators, considering indicators which target double energy vulnerability and the need for more monitoring.

Fitting or retrofitting? Heating deprivation and the unfulfilled promise of a modern house in southern Chile (pdf)
 Conference Paper  Open Access 

This conference paper explores findings of an ethnographic study related to strategies for living in cold houses in southern Chile, including the tipping point from adaptation or habitation to life in a cold dwelling to interventions into the housing infrastructure.

Delivering health justice through distributed renewables
Marilyn Smith; Shweta Narayan; Shri Ram Kumar S (2023)
 Podcast  Open Access 

In this episode of the Distributed Energy For People & The Planet podcast series in the Energy Talk podcast, the guests talk about how to deliver health justice through distributed renewables.

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