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Fuel Poverty Measurement in Europe: A rapid review of existing knowledge and approaches conducted for eaga Charitable Trust


Using academic, policy and ‘grey’ literatures this review will provide a concise outline of the range of approaches that have been used to measure fuel poverty across Europe, and will debate the suitability and transferability of these approaches to different contexts. A key focus is on how previous surveys have attempted to capture different elements of fuel poverty, such as household difficulties in affording adequate energy services, the use of coping strategies, and the measurement of income and fuel expenditure. The review will focus exclusively on the measurement of fuel poverty levels at the national and pan-European scale, rather than discussing the identification of households at the local level for targeting purposes. The review will commence with a brief discussion of the definitional issues, with a particular focus on terminological disparities at the European level.