Urban Fuel Poverty describes key approaches to defining and alleviating fuel poverty in cities using a multidisciplinary perspective and multiple case studies. It provides empirical knowledge on the levels and intensities of energy poverty in urban areas, along with new theoretical perspectives in conceptualizing the multidimensionality of energy poverty, with special focus given to the urban environment. Chapters discuss what energy poverty is in terms of taxonomy, stakeholders and affected parties, addressing the role of the economy and energy bills, the role of climate and city factors, the role of buildings, and the health and psychological impact on fuel poverty.
The book addresses how to measure energy poverty, how to map it, and how to draw conclusions based on illness and social indicators. Finally, it explores measures to 'fight' fuel poverty, including policy and governance actions, building efficiency improvements and city planning.
- Bridges interdisciplinary divides between policy and economy, cities and buildings, and health and society
- Addresses the physical performance of urban fuel poverty and their effect on thermal comfort and human health
- Provides strategies and policies to mitigate energy and fuel poverty
WHAT IS ENERGY FUEL POVERTY 1. Energy Poverty a definition 2. Role of economy and income to fall in energy poverty. Policy act 3. Role of climate and city pattern 4. Role of building to fall in fuel poverty 5. Health impact of fuel poverty
HOW TO MEASURE FUEL POVERTY 6. Energy poverty indicators: energy price, income and statistics 7. Social and health-related indicators of energy poverty: An England case study
HOW TO ACT TO TACKLE IT 8. Policy action 9. Cities and buildings efficiency improvement of energy-poor household 10. Health and social outcomes of housing policies to alleviate fuel poverty
Kristian Fabbri is adjunct Professor in Building Simulation at the University of Bologna. He consults in building energy performance, energy services, indoor environmental quality for Emilia-Romagna Region and for SME trade and professional organizations. His research interest includes energy behaviour, energy poverty, and building energy performance.