FPRN bulletin – 18th August 2023

18 August 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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Centralized injustices: understanding energy resilience in times of disruption in low-income settlements in Peru (pdf)
Rita Lambert; Julia Tomei; Carlos Escalante Estrada; Silvia De Los Rios (2023)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This paper analyses energy practices in three low-income neighbourhoods in Lima, Peru. The authors discuss three community coping strategies: fuel stacking; collective practices and the shared economy; and material and spatial changes.

Eating, heating or taking the bus? Lived experiences at the intersection of energy and transport poverty (ScienceDirect)
Mari Martiskainen; Debbie Hopkins; Gerardo A. Torres Contreras; Kirsten E.H. Jenkins; Giulio Mattioli; Neil Simcock; Max Lacey-Barnacle (2023)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This paper explores the lived experience of double energy vulnerability from 59 household interviews across the UK. The analysis reveals insights for net zero policy development and further research areas to better understand this issue.

Energy transition for the rich and energy poverty for the rest? Mapping and explaining district heating transition, energy poverty, and vulnerability in Czechia (ScienceDirect)
Hedvika Koďousková; Adriana Ilavská; Tereza Stašáková; Dominik David; Jan Osička (2023)
 Academic Paper 

This paper considers the planned transformation of the district heating sector in Czechia as an opportunity to protect households from energy poverty, while also acknowledging the potential for increased susceptibility. The authors find that urban energy vulnerability is rooted at different levels, ranging from the household to the state, and is influenced both by past deregulation/liberalisation efforts and rising energy prices, which can jeopardize planned projects.

Enabling electrification: addressing the barriers to moving off gas faced by lower-income households (pdf)
Sangeetha Chandrashekeran; Julia de Bruyn; David Bryant; Damian Sullivan (2023)
 Report  Open Access 

This report draws on surveys and focus groups with households facing energy stress in Australia to understand their attitudes to disconnecting from gas, and to identify the barriers and enablers to the change. Most participants supported the transition from gas, but few had electrified appliances, most commonly due to barriers such as cost or renting their home. These insights will be important to ensuring an equitable planned transition to electric homes in Victoria and other jurisdictions.

Towards more equitable energy transitions in low-income households: An integrated analysis of energy and transport poverty in Northern Ireland (ScienceDirect)
Christopher Lowans; Aoife Foley; Dylan Furszyfer Del Rio; Benjamin K. Sovacool (2023)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This paper examines how energy and transport poverty could be alleviated using case studies in Northern Ireland.  The study concludes that current mechanisms to support energy and transport poverty alleviation are insufficient and too narrowly targeted.

Emissions savings from equitable energy demand reduction (website)
Milena Büchs; Noel Cass; Caroline Mullen; Karen Lucas; Diana Ivanova (2023)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This article assesses and discusses energy demand reduction approaches. The authors find that capping energy use of the top quintile of consumers across Europe can achieve significant emissions reductions which are only marginally reduced by increasing consumption of low energy users in energy poverty.

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