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The Multiple Impacts of Energy Poverty, and the Multiple Benefits of Addressing it: Handbook and Guide

This resource is a guide for identifying, understanding, and documenting the different social and economic benefits of addressing energy poverty. Adequate warmth, cooling, lighting, and the energy to power appliances are essential services needed to guarantee a decent standard of living and citizens' health. Energy poverty occurs when a household suffers from a lack of adequate access to energy services in the home.

This resource aims to help EU organisations and Member States to identify, understand and document these multiple benefits. It explains the impacts that energy poverty has on four different areas: carbon emissions, economic development, educational attainment, and health and wellbeing. It also sets out the benefits to these areas of addressing energy poverty. The resource is structured by policy area, and features case studies of good and innovative practice drawn from different member states to illustrate the benefits of addressing energy poverty.