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Energy poverty in urban areas. Towards an analysis in terms of vulnerability.


This article dives into the topic of energy poverty in urban areas in France. Because this type of energy poverty can take different forms, it is difficult to evaluate using indicators and it has long been underestimated. Initially excluded from renovation programmes for households, the urban energy poor did benefit from local policies, such as financial aids.

Recent analysis in terms of energy vulnerability foster a deeper understanding of urban energy poverty. It is particularly dominant for young urban population, and more generally for unemployed people and households with low incomes, who are most vulnerable to energy poverty. This vulnerability analysis might be able to identify geographic areas and household types to better target energy poverty policies.