FPRN bulletin – 21st December 2022

20 December 2022

Welcome to our email bulletin – our last one for 2022.

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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Energy Poverty National Indicators: Insights for a more effective measuring (pdf)
João Pedro Gouveia; Pedro Palma; Salomé Bessa; Katherine Mahoney; Miguel Sequeira (2022)
 Report  Open Access 

This report presents an extensive review and analysis of the existing energy poverty indicators derived from the past EU Energy Poverty Observatory indicators database. The report reflects on the past, current, and future challenges of data and indicator availability, conducting an update when new data is available of the existing indicators, identifying advantages and shortcomings, mismatches, misleading interpretations, and inconsistencies. The report also provides a baseline for setting up the path for a future complete reformulation of the global set of commonly used energy poverty indicators.

One in four homes is ‘hard to decarbonise’ – without help their inhabitants could get stuck in fuel poverty (website)
Aimee Ambrose; Rokia Raslan (2022)
 Blog  Open Access 

This Conversation article explores the issue of trying to reach and address hard to decarbonise homes. Without a significant change in policy and industry response, there is a risk that households in these dwellings will be trapped in fuel poverty. Furthermore, this housing will need to be addressed as part of a wider transition to a low carbon housing future.

Clean, green and the unseen: The CompeSA framework | Assessing Competing Sustainability Agendas in Carbon Neutrality Policy Pathways (ScienceDirect)
Katherine Mahoney; João Pedro Gouveia; Rita Lopes; Siddharth Sareen (2022)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This paper proposes a conceptual framework: CompeSA – Assessing Competing Sustainability Agendas in Carbon Neutrality Policy Pathways. This framework enables the exploration of competing sustainability agendas arising from the simultaneous implementation of climate change, energy transitions, and energy poverty agendas. The paper tests the application in Portugal and demonstrates the framework to be a helpful support tool for structured analysis of competing sustainability agendas and to pinpoint key critical points that determine the effectiveness of sustainability policies.

Cold homes and their association with health and well-being: a systematic literature review (pdf)
Hayley Janssen; Ben Gascoyne; Kat Ford; Rebecca Hill; Manon Roberts; Sumina Azam (2022)
 Report  Open Access 

This review identifies and appraises the current evidence on the association between cold homes and health and well-being from the wider literature. 20 studies were drawn upon for the review and the report provides analysis of these as well as a summary infographic which provides an important comparison across the various research.

Making energy justice work for women in rural sub-Saharan Africa: A qualitative diagnostic from Benin, Senegal, and Togo (ScienceDirect)
Carelle Mang-Benza; Laurent Jodoin; Yvette Onibon Doubogan; Ibrahima Gaye; Edinam Kola (2023)
 Academic Paper 

Focusing on women from rural communities in Benin, Senegal, and Togo, this paper applies the double lens of gender and capability to energy justice principles and addresses the following questions: 1) How do these rural women currently experience energy justice principles? And 2) What energy interventions could enhance these women’s capabilities in the future? The findings offer a diagnostic of energy justice for rural women, connecting the limited availability and affordability of energy sources to sustainability concerns in a vicious cycle of resource scarcity and impaired capabilities. The authors propose interventions to apply justice principles in the local context and argue that operationalizing energy justice requires making gender equity a cross-cutting dimension in the energy justice framework.

2022 Canadian Energy Efficiency Scorecard: Provinces and Territories (pdf)
James Gaede; Alyssa Nippard; Brendan Haley; Annabelle Linders (2022)
 Report  Open Access 

This annual report assesses policy and outcomes for energy efficiency across provinces and territories in Canada between January 2021 and June 2022. The report notes some progress and improvements in this space, but also that there are several policies which have been announced but yet to take effect which will be significant to improving outcomes in future years.

Understanding Energy Justice Needs Among Alaska Native Communities in the Transition to Clean Energy (pdf)
Ellen Kennedy; Sharlissa Moore; Faridhe Yamelli Puente; Geoffrey Whittle-Walls; Justin Day (2022)
 Report  Open Access 

This report presents the results from analysis of key informant informational meetings and semi-structured interviews with energy experts in Alaska and suggests a range of support for policy and other development for Tribal Nations making energy-transition-related project and policy decisions that impact underserved communities. However, the authors also note the limitation of the research given limited input from the native communities they were looking at, which is a learning for other researchers.

Energy Disadvantage and Housing: Considerations Towards Establishing a Long Run Integrated Analysis Framework (pdf)
Lavinia Poruschi; John Gardner (2022)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This paper explores the relationship between housing quality and energy disadvantage in Australia over longer time periods. The authors find that in Australia there is no panel or longitudinal housing stock energy efficiency dataset which has implications for understanding energy disadvantage but also for developing support or solutions for addressing this issue.

We have also now launched our special issue of the journal People, Policy and Place on Decarbonisation and Energy Poverty.

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