Tackling fuel poverty during the transition to a low-carbon economy

Document type
Paper
Author(s)
Ekins, Paul; Lockwood, Matthew
Publisher
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date of publication
1 October 2011
Subject(s)
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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Energy prices are rising as governments implement measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and combat climate change. Since price increases can now largely be attributed to imported fossil fuels, the transition to a low-carbon economy is expected to increase levels of fuel poverty. Until the transition is complete, a new approach is required that gives far more attention to the other two main drivers of fuel poverty: low incomes and the energy inefficiency of homes. This paper sketches out what this new approach might look like.

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