FPRN bulletin – 26th November 2022

26 November 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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Fuel poverty in Queensland: horizontal and vertical impacts of the 2022 energy crisis (pdf)
Paul Simshauser (2022)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This working paper explores fuel poverty across three different periods (2015/16, 2021/22 and 2023/24) in Queensland (Australia) exploring the impact of rapidly escalating energy prices. Levels of fuel poverty vary over time but are expected to increase over coming years. The Queensland governments range of hardship policies are expected to mitigate some of this, but there are still challenges reducing fuel poverty in a climate of increasing energy prices.

Opportunity, ideal or distraction? Exploring stakeholder perceptions of tackling energy poverty and vulnerability among older Australians (ScienceDirect)
Nicola Willand (2022)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This paper draws upon the Australian in-home aged care services as a case study and explores how stakeholders (front-line workers, executives and policy makers) perceived the idea of integrating energy assistance with health services for people aged 65 and over. The research highlights a number of important findings but also the need for further research in this area.

Fuel poverty in the cost of living crisis (pdf)
Lucie Middlemiss; Aimee Ambrose; Neil Simcock; Mari Martiskainen; Graeme Sheriff (2022)
 Comment  Open Access 

This two page research and policy brief outlines the likely effects on households in the UK this winter in relation to fuel poverty and the cost of living crisis. The authors raise the urgency of policy and support development which is targeted to vulnerable households

Cold homes and mental health harm: Evidence from the UK Household Longitudinal Study (ScienceDirect)
Amy Clair; Emma Baker (2022)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This paper uses data from the UK Household Longitudinal Study to explore whether living in a cold home causes mental health harm. The analysis finds significant negative mental health outcomes from those living in cold housing and that there is a significant individual and social cost of failing to ensure that people are able to live in homes in which they are able to live comfortably by even the most basic standards.

How to improve energy efficiency policies to address energy poverty? Literature and stakeholder insights for private rented housing in Europe (ScienceDirect)
Dimitris Papantonis; Dimitra Tzani; Manon Burbidge; Vassilis Stavrakas; Stefan Bouzarovski; Alexandros Flamos (2022)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This paper explores the structural factors that act as barriers to, and solutions for, the implementation of energy efficiency policies in the private rented sector across Europe. The findings suggest that although financial barriers are always of the essence, a holistic assessment of barriers is required, as there is a lack of awareness about policies that could improve tenants’ living conditions. The authors also reflect on implications for policy making.

System analysis of the significance of energy poverty on household energy use and emissions in Germany (pdf)
Audrey Dobbins (2022)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This PhD explores the impact of energy poverty on household energy use and emissions in Germany. In doing so it provides an empirical basis for recognising the significance of energy poverty outside of the current “vulnerable consumers” lens and within the energy transition process.

Fuel Poverty or Energy Hardship? Analysing the literature, the proposed official definition, and the views of experts in Aotearoa New Zealand (pdf)
Luiza Brabo-Catala; Eva Collins; Barry Barton (2022)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This article explores the proposed definition and indicators of energy hardship developed by the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment with reflections from five New Zealand experts. The analysis finds that the proposed energy hardship description and measures are well-aligned with the recommendations given by the experts and should enable more effective energy hardship interventions.

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

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