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How to reduce energy poverty in Poland?

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  • Jan Rutkowski
  • Katarzyna Salach
  • Aleksander Szpor
  • Konstancja Ziolkowska

Abstract

4.6 million people in Poland live in energy poverty. In order to significantly reduce the scale of this problem, more effective and better addressed public policy instruments are needed. We propose three new instruments. First, targeted fuel allowance, aimed at alleviating the symptoms of energy poverty. Second, advisory services and energy saving improvements. Third, thermal retrofit coupled with professional energy counselling. The latter two instruments are meant to eliminate the causes of energy poverty. Thermal retrofit is the most expensive but the most effective tool. Developing a mechanism for practical identification of energy poor households is a major challenge. It is to be tackled by local governments, especially social assistance centres.

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  • Jan Rutkowski & Katarzyna Salach & Aleksander Szpor & Konstancja Ziolkowska, 2018. "How to reduce energy poverty in Poland?," IBS Policy Papers 01/2018, Instytut Badan Strukturalnych.
  • Handle: RePEc:ibt:ppaper:pp012018
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    1. Jakub Sokolowski & Aneta Kielczewska & Piotr Lewandowski, 2019. "Defining and measuring energy poverty in Poland," IBS Research Reports 01/2019, Instytut Badan Strukturalnych.

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    Keywords

    energy poverty; public policy;

    JEL classification:

    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • Q40 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - General

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