The backbone of a modern economy is the secure and affordable supply of energy to consumers, which can be considered as part of the emerged social science research agenda of Energy Justice. This agenda seeks to apply justice principles to energy policy, energy production and systems, energy consumption and energy security, taking into account the need to protect energy poor citizens and other vulnerable social groups as part of the fight against energy poverty.
Energy poverty can be instigated by a number of factors, including: (a) High cost of energy (electricity, oil, natural gas etc.); (b) Low household income (unemployment, low-paying jobs, high costs of living); (c) Energy inefficient homes (buildings lacking proper insulation, windows and doors, air tightness, ventilation, inefficient heating systems etc.); (d) Lack of access to the required energy sources. Eurostat figures show that 57 million people cannot keep their home adequately warm during winter; 104 million people cannot keep their homes comfortable enough during summer; 87 million live in poor quality dwellings and; 52 million people face delays in paying their energy bills.
In this respect, guidance and financial support to energy poor citizens for implementing energy efficiency interventions, setting up energy cooperatives and embedding the treatment of energy poor citizens into the wider framework of social support could facilitate their social integration and help them escape energy poverty. Moreover, innovative energy poverty schemes can be designed and effective measures can be implemented by Countries, States and obligated parties (utilities and energy suppliers).
This special issue is devoted to the latest developments in the field of energy poverty and aims to provide valuable insights into the most effective solutions to alleviate energy poverty. We, therefore, seek high-quality papers that will contribute to the analysis of the status quo of energy poverty across the European Union and internationally, as well as effective policies and innovative energy poverty schemes for Energy Efficiency Obligations, urban sustainability and climate actions.
Topics Covered Include
Examples of topics appropriate to the theme of this special issue, include, but are not limited to:
- Measuring Energy Poverty: Definitions and models to identify energy poor households.
- Efficiency of current subsidy schemes in reaching the energy poor.
- Use of alternative financing schemes (energy cooperatives, crowd funding, on-bill repayment, etc.) to address energy poverty.
- Tools and methods for effectively engaging consumers towards energy poverty alleviation.
- Energy poverty and energy efficiency obligations.
- Best practices at local, regional and national level.
All manuscripts will undergo a blind peer-review process and need to adhere to the journal’s formatting guidelines. Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided in the Instructions for Authors webpage.
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2019
- Guest Editor: Haris Doukas, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Guest Editor: Vangelis Marinakis, Institute for European Energy & Climate Policy, Hague, the Netherlands (email@example.com)
- Guest Editor: Hanna Szemzo, Metropolitan Research Institute, Budapest, Hungary (firstname.lastname@example.org)