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,