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)

  • Abstract:

    • 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,