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How is energy poverty measured in your area?

One of the key aims of the EU Energy Poverty Observatory is to improve transparency by bringing together the disparate sources of data and knowledge that exist in varying degrees across the whole of the EU. We are aware that lots of different projects are taking place right now to try and measure the extent of energy poverty at different scales (locally, regionally, nationally) - so we would love to hear from you if you are involved with, or know about, one of these projects. In particular:

  • What measurement approach is being taken?
  • Are new indicators of energy poverty being deployed?
  • What is the geographical coverage?
  • What data sources are being used?

 

Energy Poverty Study in Catalonia, Spain

Dear colleagues,

I'm a researcher from the University of Girona (Spain) in the Political Science Area. At this moment, I'm collaborating with a Local Public Administration (Diputació de Girona, that coordinates 221 municipalities) in a Energy Poverty Public Policy. Right now we are studying the indicators and data we want to get to elaborate a posterior diagnostic. The data will be collected through 900 personal interviews in selected energy poverty houses, in the context of performing energy poverty audits (the audits have more aims than the collection of data, primarily the improvement of energy efficiency). 

We are working on the indicadors and the type of information to be collected, because our intention is to elaborate an extent quantitative and qualitative map of the energy poverty in this region. 

We are mixing different measurement approaches, like objective data, such as income, consumes or housing characteristics, but also we are including indicators from a consensual approach. 

We are open to collaborate with other organisations and research groups. 

Anais Varo Barranco | anais.varo@udg.edu 

 

Energy Poverty Study in Catalonia, Spain

Dear Anais,

thank you for this hint. As we cannot include individual country/region case studies to the pan-EU data section, but your work may be of interest to the research community, please submit this to the knowledge & resource section.

Thank you, kind regards

Johannes

Energy Poverty Index and Mapping for Portugal

I'm a Researcher at CENSE - Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research, FCT-NOVA University of Lisbon.

We have been developing in the last couple of years a composite index to map energy poverty that addresses heating and cooling separately, at a high-resolution spatial scale for all 3,092 Portuguese civil parishes (mainland and islands). The methodology we are currently developing combines socio-economic indicators of the population with climate, energy consumption and energy needs, construction characteristics and energy performance of different building typologies.

This mapping and index jointly provide highlights to acknowledge two problems – energy poverty and poor indoor thermal comfort across the country – while identifying major hotspots for local action. The index and sub-indices (energy performance gaps and socio-economic indicators) assessed at such a disaggregated regional scale can allow us to bridge the gap between common overall country analyses and local-scale evaluations targeting vulnerable households or consumers.

Energy Poverty Index and Mapping for Portugal

Dear João,

similar to the above hint: we cannot include individual country/region case studies to the pan-EU data section, but your work should be of interest to the research community, please submit this to the knowledge & resource section.

Thank you and best regards

Johannes