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CREDS Identifying the vulnerable: energy and transport poverty and beyond

Tuesday 1st December @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

CREDS – Identifying the vulnerable: energy poverty and transport poverty and beyond

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Accounting for double energy vulnerability: A systematic review of disadvantaged groups in an energy and transport low-carbon transition

Extensive and rapid decarbonization of both energy and transport systems is essential if we are to address climate change. At the same time, it is widely acknowledged that decarbonization should avoid worsening inequality and protect the interests of the ‘most vulnerable’ and disadvantaged in society. This means alleviating rather than unintentionally exacerbating energy poverty and transport poverty, ensuring that everyone can access and use the energy and transport services they need to participate in society. But this raises the questions: Who are the ‘most vulnerable’ in society, in terms of energy and transport poverty? And how might these vulnerabilities be impacted by low-carbon transitions?

In this talk, we begin to address these questions. Based on a systematic literature review of 295 academic research papers, we identify the socio-demographic groups and geographical zones vulnerable to energy poverty and transport poverty, and pinpoint those people and places who are most likely to experience ‘double energy vulnerability’ – a situation in which people are at risk of suffering from both energy and transport poverty simultaneously (Robinson and Mattioli, 2020). Finally, we consider how low-carbon transitions might impact or change these vulnerabilities, with implications for future research and policy practice. We argue for further specialist empirical work that can more deeply explore the interconnects between domestic energy and transport poverty as we transition to a low-carbon society.

This talk is based on the outcome of the FAIR project, sponsored by CREDS: https://www.creds.ac.uk/fair/


Dr Neil Simcock, Lecturer in Geography, Liverpool John Moores University

Dr Kirsten Jenkins, Lecturer in Energy, Environment and Society, University of Edinburgh


Tuesday 1st December
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm