This report presents the current situation of fuel poverty – the inability of people to keep their home adequately warm, to pay their utility bills and to live in a dwelling without defects- in Europe, based on data retrieved from Eurostat.
According to the study, in 2012, 10.8% of the total European population were unable to keep their home adequately warm, increasing to 24.4% when referring to low-income people. The study found that energy subsidies and direct financial support for household heating cannot provide a long-term solution to the fuel poverty problem, whereas vigorous energy renovation measures of fuel poor homes give a long-term sustainable answer to fuel poverty since these measures result in reduced energy costs and/or improved thermal comfort in homes. Even though energy efficiency measures have proven to be the most sustainable solution to the fuel poverty problem, they receive lower funding compared to income and fuel price support schemes. The implementation of energy efficiency measures can create or maintain jobs, reduce illness and rehabilitate poor districts among others.
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