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Rethink fuel poverty as a complex problem

Fuel poverty is a highly-complex social problem that is currently defined in technical and economic terms that prioritize energy performance measures as solutions. Yet considering the wider societal aspects of the condition demonstrates how adopting dynamic risk-based metrics can drive tailored and holistic folk-first outcomes.

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Fig. 1: Reconceptualization of fuel poverty.


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The research presented here was funded internally by Glasgow Caledonian University, Renfrewshire Council and Energy Action Scotland (Scotland’s national fuel poverty charity). Additional evidence has been drawn from projects funded by the Eaga Charitable Trust, Citizens Advice Scotland and the Scottish Government. Renfrewshire Council operates a number of support services for fuel-poor householders and the analysis of data from these householders underpins much of this research.

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Baker, K.J., Mould, R. & Restrick, S. Rethink fuel poverty as a complex problem. Nat Energy 3, 610–612 (2018).

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