Don’t let energy poverty alleviation goals go up in smoke!

30 April 2022

In Hungary firewood is the predominant heating fuel of low-income households, often burnt in outdated stoves. While firewood contributes to renewable energy statistics of the country, its local use produces important pollution and is an important aspect of energy vulnerabilities.

This project aims to assess potentials of energy transition to ease energy vulnerabilities of solid fuel users in Hungary. The analysis of a set of 18 interviews taken with stakeholders in Brussels and Hungary will allow identify entry points to policy amelioration in difficult cases, such as Hungary, where energy poverty alleviation ambitions are low as they go against the direction of general policy frameworks. Thus, this project is a step towards making mitigation of energy vulnerabilities among solid fuel users a policy priority in Hungary

I am truly happy to be a recipient of an FPRN EPEC grant. It provides an important support to my research that aim to highlight how energy transition policies can be ameliorated in Hungary to ease the situation of vulnerable households that burn firewood in outdated stoves to hardly heat their inefficient home. Without this grant I would be hardly able to carry on with this research that aims to contribute to a just energy transition in a time of serious energy crisis.

Anna Zsófia Bajomi , Polytechnic University of Milan
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A pile of wood, chopped ready for use as biofuel
Report to funder: Don’t let energy poverty alleviation goals go up in smoke! (pdf)
Anna Zsófia Bajomi 2023

Anna provides an overview of her FPRN funded project, including a summary of findings and recommendations.