FPRN bulletin – 25th May 2023

25 May 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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Recent webinar: Smart homes & fuel poverty in Australia: improving outcomes or locking in vulnerabilities? Click here for the video.

A Perfect Storm: Fuel Poverty in Rural Scotland (website)
Agnes Berner; Freya Burns; Hannah Dunne; Isabella Impesi; Marjan van de Weg (2023)
 Report  Open Access 

This report provides evidence of the drivers, impacts, and extent of fuel poverty in rural Scotland. It also presents several interlinking factors which combine and compound each other to produce a ‘perfect storm’ for severe fuel poverty.

Fuel Poverty in Rural Scotland: The Solutions (website)
Agnes Berner; Freya Burns; Hannah Dunne; Isabella Impesi (2023)
 Report  Open Access 

This report presents potential solutions to addressing fuel poverty in rural Scotland. The solutions are grouped into nine themes with indications of timescale for implementations included.

Exploring the community energy actions to alleviate energy poverty in the Greek context (website)
Georgios Konstantopoulos; Eleni Kanellou; Konstantinos Kontogiannis (2023)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

In this paper the authors review energy poverty alleviation actions by community energy initiatives across Europe, and identify best practices and challenges. They then discuss implications for energy communities in Greece.

Energy poverty in the Energy Community region: Interrogating policy formulation and coverage (website)
Stefan Bouzarovski; Jurica Brajković; Slavica Robić; Charlotte Brown; Ivana Vuchkova (2023)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This paper compares and contrasts energy poverty policies of Serbia, Montenegro, Ukraine and Georgia. The authors found that while energy poverty is included in various policies of each country, little has been done to address the significant challenges, such as improving housing quality and energy efficiency.

Energy poverty in Portugal, Italy, and Norway: awareness, short-term driving forces, and barriers in the built environment (pdf)
O Ogut; B Bartolucci; J L Parracha; C Bertolin; J N Tzortzi; F Frasca; A M Siani; M P Mendes; I Flores-Colen (2023)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This paper explores the current fuel poverty context in Portugal, Italy, and Norway and identifies several differences in each location. The authors discuss the role the existing built environment plays in fuel poverty outcomes and the implications drivers and barriers influencing retrofit.

Invisible among the vulnerable: a nuanced perspective of energy poverty at the intersection of gender and disability in South Africa (website)
Michael Adu Okyere; Boqiang Lin (2023)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This study explores the relationship between gender, disability, and energy poverty in South Africa. Their analysis finds increased risks of fuel poverty for some cohorts and they call for subsidy schemes to better account for such vulnerabilities.

Also, check out our special issue of the journal People, Policy and Place on Decarbonisation and Energy Poverty.

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