FPRN bulletin – 22nd April 2024

22 April 2024

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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Keeping warm at home during winter in Wales (pdf)
Kat Ford; Nicholas Carella; Rebecca Hill; Hayley Janssen; Lauren Heywood; Daniella Griffiths; Sumina Azam (2024)
 Report  Open Access 

This report presents analysis from a survey of more than 2,000 households undertaken in 2022 and 2023. Analysis finds that the cost of living crisis is changing how households are using heating with implications for policy to ensure that adequate and affordable heat is provided during winter.

Understanding Energy Poverty in Georgia (pdf)
Tutana Kvaratskhelia; Ute Dubois (2024)
 Report  Open Access 

This report explores in detail the current context and evidence of fuel poverty in Georgia. The report presents a number of recommendations including the need for improved information on housing quality and performance to better improve policy and other solutions to reduce fuel poverty.

Energy poverty and retirement income sources in Australia (pdf)
Jane Fry; Lisa Farrell; Jeromey Temple (2024)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This paper presents analysis of 15 annual waves of the HILDA survey from 2005–2019 to investigate drivers of energy poverty inequalities among retirees in Australia. The main finding is that Age Pensioners are the worst off and Self-Funded Retirees the best off on a Low Income–High Cost measure of energy poverty and on a subjective indicator of inability to heat the home indicating there is a need to reduce the gap between state-funded pensions and self-funding arrangements to ensure equity in elderly populations.

Mapping energy poverty measures during the COVID-19 pandemic: A new global panel dataset (pdf)
Juan Armando Torres Munguía; Marlies Hesselman; Inmaculada Martínez-Zarzoso; Ilse Ruyssen (2024)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This paper compiles and presents a global panel dataset of energy poverty policy actions spanning the period March 2020 and March 2021.

Performance Agreements in the Dutch Social Housing Sector - A Powerful Policy Tool to Promote Sustainability and Alleviate Energy Poverty? (pdf)
Tim Oswald (2024)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This Masters thesis examines the content and quality of the agreements made in performance agreements between Dutch municipalities, social housing associations and their tenant associations, focusing on achieving a sustainable built environment and alleviating energy poverty. The results show that while the identified sustainability and energy poverty themes are generally reflected in the agreements, there is considerable variation in the coverage of each theme indicating opportunities for improving outcomes.

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