Invisible energy poverty? Analysing housing costs in Central and Eastern Europe (Aug 2020)
- Invisible energy poverty? Analysing housing costs in Central and Eastern Europe
- By Lilia Karpinska and Sławomir Śmiech. Published online on 5 August 2020 in Energy Research and Social science (full version of the article not available for free)
- The paper offers a comprehensive approach to capturing the scale of exposure to hidden energy poverty at a household level in 11 Central and Eastern European countries.
- "Scarce data and the lack of agreement on the energy poverty definition among the EU countries impedes operationalization of energy poverty measures on a global scale," notes the paper.
- The paper tracks hidden energy poverty based on the existing micro-level data compiled by Eurostat, and assumes that the energy poor limit their energy consumption to the level below what is reasonably assumed a decent life.
- The results confirm that on average 23.57% of the Central and Eastern European population is exposed to hidden energy poverty. The affected are mostly single-person households or living in detached houses and remote areas households with dependent children.
- Keywords: hidden energy poverty, energy poverty, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, energy,