Energy poverty alleviation – a step for sustainable energy transition

Georgiev, Georgi (2022) Energy poverty alleviation – a step for sustainable energy transition. Journal of Economic Development, Environment and People, Vol.11 (1). pp. 43-57. ISSN 2285-3642

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The paper investigates the issue of fuel poverty and its presence in the Bulgarian context. The focus
of the analysis is on the potential for alleviation and – in the long term – elimination of energy poverty
through the implementation of measures for energy-efficient retrofit of residential multi-story apartment
housing. An effective strategy tackling this topic at the local scale is a key prerequisite for the achievement
of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with particular relevance for SDG 7 Affordable and Clean
Energy and SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities. Achieving the optimal ratio of saved energy versus
financial resources is the key to renovating housing at scale sustainably and efficiently. Energy poverty as a
phenomenon is linked to the combined effect of three main factors - low household income, high energy
costs and low energy efficiency of housing. There is a broad scientific consensus that this phenomenon has a
serious negative impact on the quality of life and citizens’ health and wellbeing. Furthermore, energy
poverty contributes to a huge waste of energy and also affects the physical dimension of the sustainable
development of the built environment. Therefore, energy poverty exacerbates deficits and discrepancies for
territorial economies and communities.
Eliminating the problem of “fuel poverty” is often considered to be impossible without the support of the
affected households through subsidies. Subsidies invested in energy-efficient housing reconstruction result in
immediate savings in housing heating costs, which in turn leads to a tangible reduction in the “fuel poverty”
experienced by residents of reconstructed housing. Energy-efficient housing reconstruction (retrofit) is the
fastest and most efficient (in terms of public resources) way to combat energy poverty. The financial
resources required to enable these activities could also be obtained or complemented through financial
engineering schemes with third-party involvement.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Earth and environmental sciences > Ecology. Environmental preservation
Economic and business Administration > Economic policy. Management. Marketing
Sociology.Anthropology > Social sciences
ID Code:4557
Deposited By: Prof. Georgi Nikolov Georgiev
Deposited On:06 Jun 2022 09:44
Last Modified:06 Jun 2022 09:44

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