Policy prescriptions to address energy and transport poverty in the United Kingdom

Sovacool, Benjamin K, Upham, Paul, Martiskainen, Mari, Jenkins, Kirsten E H, Torres Contreras, Gerardo A and Simcock, Neil (2023) Policy prescriptions to address energy and transport poverty in the United Kingdom. Nature Energy. pp. 1-13. ISSN 2058-7546

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Tens of millions of households across Europe struggle to afford adequate electricity and heating services and reliable transportation, while recent high fuel prices could lead to an increase in excess winter deaths. Tackling energy and transport poverty is thus of paramount policy importance. Here we document the drivers and lived experiences of energy and transport poverty in the UK, based on public focus groups and expert interviews. We find a set of policies that resonate with both expert planners and members of the public, implying they have a level of political and social acceptability that other measures may be lacking, notably: mandatory landlord energy efficiency upgrades; increasing the extent of financial assistance to households; cheaper bus and train fares; and restarting and expanding bus services. We buttress these findings with further suggestions for energy and transport system redesign that better meets emerging principles of energy and social justice.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: energy poverty, fuel poverty, transport poverty, mobility poverty, double energy vulnerability, United Kingdom
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
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Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2023 09:11
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2023 12:49
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/110187

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