FPRN bulletin – 26th August 2022

26 August 2022

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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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Power pain: An investigation of energy stress in Australia (pdf)
David Bryant; Emily Porter; Ismo Rama; Damian Sullivan (2022)
 Report  Open Access 

This report investigates energy stress in Australia to better understand the scale of the problem, and identifies policy implications for the way forward. The authors find that around one in five Australian households are in energy stress and vulnerable households are over represented in this figure. The report explores what this data means in the context of rapidly rising energy prices and the wider transition to a decarbonised economy.

Effect of Household Cooking Energy Poverty on Child Respiratory Health in Pakistan (website)
Abre-Rehmat Qurat-ul-Ann; Sana Mahfooz (2022)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This paper presents outcomes of a study to identify the effect of household cooking energy poverty on the respiratory health of children under the age of five in Pakistan. Significant negative impacts were found and the authors recommend that adoption of modern stoves and clean fuels will result in improved indoor environment and health of children in Pakistan.

Is ‘the social’ forgotten? Aspirations and understandings of Energy Communities (pdf)
Magnus Åberg; Klas Palm; Isak Öhrlund; Nils Hertting; Susanne Urban (2022)
 Conference Paper  Open Access 

This paper maps the concept of how energy communities have been framed in the wider literature. In particular, the paper categorizes and assesses existing understandings of energy communities, and identifies the aspects which have been considered in discussions and practice. The authors questions if the ‘social’ aspirations of energy communities have been forgotten to date.

Ending the Energy-Poverty Nexus: An Ethical Imperative for Just Transitions (website)
Saurabh Biswas; Angel Echevarria; Nafeesa Irshad; Yiamar Rivera-Matos; Jennifer Richter; Nalini Chhetri; Mary Jane Parmentier; Clark Miller (2022)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

In this article, the authors explore the energy-poverty nexus through an alternative approach to ethics and justice in energy transitions. In doing so, the authors argue that this nexus reflects configurations of socio-energy systems that create complex feedbacks between energy insecurity and economic insecurity which reinforces and exacerbates poverty. Disentangling these configurations and re-designing them could create long-term outcomes that are more equitable and just.

We’re also producing a special issue of the journal People, Policy and Place on Decarbonisation and Energy Poverty. Seven articles have already been published and more will follow soon.

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